Let’s discover! First on the to do list is to pick a place. There’s so many destinations that are kid friendly like the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, or almost anything in the Caribbean! I think what’s key is to look for locations close to you especially if you have really young children that haven’t traveled much. To be honest, when my girls where 1-3 years old we traveled mainly between NJ/NYC & MIA a few times to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos. It was just easier, flights were short and because it was most familiar to us with all the baby gear available where we stayed. If your kids are older definitely start venturing out! Decide if you want mostly site seeing and relaxing like Guatemala vs an adventure like Costa Rica or a little of both like Turks and Caicos. To be honest though, I find that every country has a little of both relaxation and adventure you just have to look for it and plan accordingly. I absolutely love Europe and South America but flight times and days you have available for vacation comes into play- you don’t want to be traveling 2 full days if you only have 5 days to spare. https://www.lonelyplanet.com/ is a great website to look around and choose your next location. They have insights into different countries and so many great places to explore!
Once you have picked a location, start crazy google and tripadvisor searching on what there is to do in that country. I always make sure I choose activities or excursion that we can do with my 5 year old since she’s our youngest. Nothing is worse then planning an itinerary come to find out it’s not doable for all in your group. I’m dying to go to Peru and India but realistically my kids are too young for these places and we will have to wait a while.....but it will happen!
Next on the list, start your flight search-ticket prices can help dictate where you’re heading. Generally the further you go the more expensive the flight. I usually start on expedia and kayak to compare the best flight deals. Sometimes I go directly to the airline to see if their prices are less but I find that they’re not with the exception of Jet Blue. I’ve also heard booking on a Tuesday night helps with prices but haven’t been able to prove it-lmk if it works for you! Booking early is also huge on savings. If you know when you have vacation days try looking for flights early so there’s plenty of availability or use search engines to notify you when there’s low prices. Since I know when my girls have vacation, I start planning our journeys far in advance! I may be crazy but I already planned December and I’m starting to think about February’s break. Almost everyone has similar days off for “breaks”so I’ve found that the longer I wait the less availability there is for hotels or houses (I’ll get into housing in a later post) and the higher ticket prices will be.
Remember, any place worth getting to is never easy, so start early and happy planning!