Why Not Try a Family Safari?

Why Not Try a Family Safari?

A family safari can be the vacation of a lifetime, if you take the time to think about your needs and do a little advance planning. When planned properly it can become the vacation your children talk about for years to come. Here are some ideas for creating a better experience.

Consider your children’s ages.

Many safari lodges and game reserves have age requirements. For safety reasons, these can be as high as 12 years. Small children can wander off. Long jeep rides and staying very quiet can be difficult for small children. And if your children are under 10, consider limiting your trip to malaria free areas. Malaria treatments can be difficult for small children to endure.

Plan your schedule wisely.

Know your children and consider what will harmonize with their interests, likes and dislikes rather than forcing them into a particular itinerary. If needed, work with a safari tour company that can plan a safari customized to your needs.

Things to consider include:

1. How do your children handle new and strange things? Family safari schedules can get hectic. There are other tourists and everyone is trying to see as much as possible. There are unique transportations, lodging and cuisine factors to deal with on a daily basis

2. Are your children outgoing and adventurous or quiet and shy? If it’s the latter, you might want to plan your safari vacation with the idea of finding a tour that provides camps and activities for kids, at the camp or lodge. Most tour companies can provide information on packages with lodges that have pools, fishing, wildlife picnics, camel rides, visits to local villages and more.

3. Are your children fussy eaters? Most safari camps order food in advance and serve it buffet style. If your children are fussy about what they eat, try and find out what the menu options will be in advance and then either bring along some of your child’s favorite foods or get them used to some of the new food choices before you depart.

4. What can you do to keep your children from getting bored on long game drives? Making a game of wildlife spotting can help. Make sure they have a camera and an animal checklist. Taking your wildlife drives early in the morning or late in the afternoon helps. Animals generally hunt and will be more active during those times, making it more likely that you will see wildlife. Find out interesting details about the animals and relate the stories. Lastly, being on family safaris is not just about being in a dusty beach all day. There are lodges that offer opportunities for swimming, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, camel and elephant back riding, brief excursions to villages, local schools and more. Take advantage of all the region has to offer and it truly will be the vacation of a lifetime. …

Why RV Family Vacations Are Popular

Why RV Family Vacations Are Popular

That is not a hard question to answer. RV family vacations are very popular for many reasons. Some we will explore here but believe me there are many other popular reasons for the love of RV vacations.

Today there are in excess of better than 9 million RVs on the highways in the USA and the number for other parts of the world go off the chart. So just what is the allure and what is it that draws so many people to the RV lifestyle. Families say it is the best family vacation they ever had and the top family vacation choice.

When you dig into the reasons why RV family vacations are so popular the first place to look is the RVIA (Recreation Vehicle Industry Association). Their number crunchers are telling us that there is one in twelve families own an RV of some type. That is a lot of different types of RVs on the US roads.

With numbers like that the only real answer is that Americans must really love their RV family vacations. So again why is the family RV lifestyle so great? Why vacationing by traveling in an RV is so awesome? Are there advantages that the other half is not aware of?

Ten of the Top Reason RV Family Vacations are Preferred

Budget is the Number One Reason

RVs are available to fit any budget from the small family camper for a few thousand dollars. There is the top class A motorhomes outfitted with the very best luxuries available today that you could spend a million plus for or better. But great buys are everywhere and it is said buy a used RV over new because all the bugs are already fixed. For the very best deals check eBay, Craigslist, Backpage and your local classifieds for the perfect family RV.

Comfort Fills the Number Two Spot

Some people say the comfort of their RVs is better than being at home. Because in some cases you can take your Toys with you in the lap of luxury while seeing all the beauty that America has to offer. And you are guaranteed to never run out of fantastic places to take the whole family.

Convenience Comes in at Number Three

Why convenience you say! Load up everything and no luggage to drag around. Toys, barbecue including the garden furniture to be prepared for all occasions in comfort with all the conveniences to make it happen.

Economy Fills the Number Four Spot

It is hard to believe that an RV vacation is economical but studies indicate when all the costs are tallied RV family vacations save better than 70%. When compared to cruise vacations, resort vacations and even travelling by car and staying hotels.

Flexibility, Freedom and Fun Takes Number Five

The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for the vacationing family. You leave the schedules at home and no lost luggage, no making arrangements being free to make it up as you go. The RVing vacationing family …

Cheap Family Vacations In January – Take Cheap Family Vacations in the Shoulder Season

Cheap Family Vacations In January - Take Cheap Family Vacations in the Shoulder Season

Cheap Family Vacations In January – Vacations are all about having fun, but they can be pretty expensive. If you like to take a lot of vacations, but you don’t have a lot of money, one of the best things you can do to save money is to plan your trip during the shoulder season. You can save more money by a booking your trip in the off-season, but there is a reason that it is called the off-season. Almost all vacation spots have a high and low season, and everything to do with that vacation is priced accordingly. Your airfare will be cheaper, as will your accommodations, food, and activities.

The bad thing about traveling in the off-season, is that the conditions for that particular vacation are not at the optimum levels. Most people travel to Vale for the skiing, and so the off-season is during the summer when there is no snow on the ground. Likewise, almost all places are high season during the months of June, July and August, because that is when school is out and schoolchildren are on holiday. There are a few exceptions to that June, July, August time frame, in places where it gets so incredibly hot during those months that it is definitely considered the low season.

But what exactly is the shoulder season? That is the small window of time on either side of the high season, when the conditions are near optimum levels for a vacation in that spot. For instance, in Vale, if the high season is November through February, the shoulder season would then be October and March. If I were going to book this particular vacation and I wanted to save some money but still have a good shot at doing some skiing, I would book it for the last two weeks of October, or the first two weeks of March. If you are going solely for the skiing, you may or may not get lucky with this plan. Since the high season starts in November, the resorts are fairly certain that by November there will be snow on the ground. Likewise, they are reasonably sure that the snow will last through February. While the months of October and March will be on the books as low season, thereby saving you some vacation dollars, there is a more than 50-50 chance that the conditions will still be right for a great vacation. By booking in the shoulder season, you are thereby increasing your chances for a great vacation while decreasing your outlay of money.

Hotels and motels are not the only ones who have high and low seasons. Everything else to do with the tourist season also has high and low seasons. While a restaurant may not actually change the prices on its menu for the low season, they will often run more specials during the low season that will help you stretch your dining dollars. The same is true for activities. Sometimes tour operators will actually …

Family Vacations With Small Children – Improve Your Family Vacations By Bringing Along A Nanny

Family Vacations With Small Children - Improve Your Family Vacations By Bringing Along A Nanny

Family Vacations With Small Children – Many families find that traveling and vacationing with small children is quite difficult. However, just because you have a young child in the house does not mean you have to forget about that much-anticipated family getaway. Instead, consider bringing along a child-care helper to make the traveling and experience much easier for everyone in the family.

If you already have a trusted babysitter, this person is the ideal nanny to bring along with you. Whether your family getaway is a long weekend or one of the many family vacations offered in guidebooks and advertisements, you will quickly come to realize that having that extra person to pitch in and help with the kids is extremely beneficial. If your babysitter is a teenager, chances are you will be able to offer her a chance for an all-expense-paid trip in exchange for helping with the kids. However, if you are contemplating bringing an adult nanny or babysitter, you will probably want to offer the free trip as well as a daily salary and opportunities for time off for her to enjoy some activities as well. The extra expense will be well worth it, and you may even find that you are able to take more vacations more often because you have a reliable nanny to bring along.

When you bring along your own nanny, you provide an added level of flexibility to your family vacation itinerary. There will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy activities together as a family. For instance, Colorado family vacations are full of opportunities for bike rides, boat rides and even beautiful train rides through the mountains, but there are also some activities which may not be something you want to do with the kids. Perhaps you would like to spend some time with your spouse over a delicious dinner complete with adult conversation, a nice glass of wine and no rambunctious children. This is the perfect time to let the nanny feed the kids at the hotel and take them for a romp in the pool.

There’s no doubt that having a nanny or babysitter along with you can provide a more manageable and simpler vacation. This person can help entertain bored or crabby children or get them a snack when they are hungry. It certainly will add a little to your overall vacation budget, but it will be money well spent, not only for you and your spouse, but also for the children.…

Fun, Affordable Vacations For Families of All Sizes

Over the past 5 years, my family has been blessed enough to take a vacation every year. And every year I am faced with the challenge of putting together a fun, memorable vacation that everyone will love and that is affordable.

When our family was smaller, this process was a little easier because it seems like the whole world is based on your family size not exceeding FOUR! Well, we are now a family of 6 and the standard hotel room with 2 double beds is just not an option; at least not for stays longer than 2 nights. Airfare would eat up more than 1/2 of our budget, food would take up the other ½, and I will not even start on the theme park tickets. So what is a family to do?

Step 1– Choose the theme of your vacation: adventure, relaxation, beaches and sun, theme parks, or history and culture. Adventure vacations and sandy beach vacations are by far the most cost-friendly vacation themes.

Adventure vacations include low-cost outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, bike riding, and camping. This vacation theme is perfect for older children.

  • Top Adventurous Destinations
  • Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington
  • New Paltz, New York
  • Mount Hood, Oregon
  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  • Park City, Utah
  • Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • Moab, Utah
  • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California
  • Glacier National Park, Montana
  • Olympic National Park, Washington,
  • Hood River, Oregon

Acadia National Park, Maine

Sandy beach vacations are also extremely affordable and include surfable waves, sandcastle building, great dining, and mile long boardwalks. This vacation theme is great for all ages especially babies and toddlers.

Best Family Beaches in US

  • Coronado Beach, Calif.
  • Nantucket Island, Mass.
  • Newport Beach, Calif.
  • Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Panama City Beach, Fla.
  • Siesta Key, Fla.
  • Poipu Beach, Hawaii
  • Duck, N.C.
  • Hilton Head, S.C.
  • Kiawah Island, S.C.
  • Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • South Padre Island, Texas

Waikiki, Hawaii

Wailea Beach, Hawaii

If you decide to take a theme park vacation, find out if your bank or employer offers discounted tickets. Avoid purchasing tickets on eBay or Craigslist, unless it is from a reliable seller or broker. Also, many theme parks now offer the convenience of child swap. With child swap, one parent can wait in line with the older children while the other parent goes up the handicap ramp with the smaller children. When the other parent gets off the ride, you swap and get right on the ride without waiting in line again. GENIUS!

Step 2 – Choose your means of transportation: fly, ride the train, or load up the car.

Your most affordable option would be to drive. Even if you find a great deal on air fare, chances are you will still need to rent a car once you land, so cut out the middle man and drive. However, if you do decide the fly and rent a car, go to  where you can ‘Name your Price’ on airfare and car rentals and …