Between the cold, pricy winter holidays and the hot, busy summer vacations, the spring break week is possibly the best time for a family to experience an affordable holiday getaway. Even if your travel destination isn’t exactly very warm, there are still a lot of things to do and amazing places to visit that can make your family’s winter more enjoyable.
If you’re planning a short spring break vacation for your family this year, here are our top four travel tips that can help you and your family have tons of fun while sticking to a budget.
1. Pack smart
When you’re travelling with a family, it can be quite tempting to pack a bunch of unnecessary items, especially for the children. When you catch yourself doing that, try to remember two things:
- This is a vacation, so kids’ daily routine might change a little bit. Packing all the items your kids use at home is unnecessary since they might not even have the time or the energy to use these items after a long day of swimming or skiing.
- Purchase an item or two from a supermarket at your destination as it saves you worrying about suitcase space and weight limits. That said, you should still bring the essentials to save you from having to buy overpriced items like toiletries, sunscreen, swimsuits, etc.
2. Pre-book everything
Half our trip preparation time is usually spent on planning.
BUT! Did you know that booking flights and hotels is only the beginning of the planning process?
If you’re travelling with children, make sure to pre-book some fun activities for them at the hotel, resort, or city you’re visiting. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to come up with a last minute idea to entertain a bunch of bored kids on a family trip. Don’t worry! You’re not alone in this. We’ve all been there and know exactly how it feels!
Do your homework! Spend some time googling your vacation city, hotel, or resort and try to take advantage of all the activities that may appeal to your children and other family members. When you pre-book all the possible excursions, shows, and restaurants you will save quality time during the trip and spare your family the disappointment of arriving at a sold-out show or a fully-booked restaurant.
3. Get Travel Insurance
No one likes to plan for the worst, but when we’re vacationing away from home, we have to do just that.
Being a tourist in a foreign country (especially one whose language you don’t speak), can be quite intimidating even if you’re enjoying your time. Having an accident while there and not knowing what to do or where to go can result in a completely different level of stress that no one needs on their vacation.
We have two words for you: Travel Insurance.
A reliable travel insurance policy can help you predict the unpredictable. It can help you relax and have some peace of mind knowing that your children can get the medical attention they need in case of an accident.
Getting travel insurance doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Once you’re done with your visit to the drugstore to load on all the trip necessary medications and to your family doctor to get your travel vaccinations (if necessary), you’ll probably want to take a minute to give us a call at Sharp Insurance to get your travel insurance quote. You can also get a quick quote by visiting the Travel Insurance page.
4. Don’t Overshare
Remember: There are bad people out there who target the homes of travelers and snowbirds to break into while the homeowners are gone. It’s always a better idea to keep your travelling plans in your small circle of family and friends. Also, it’s crucial to have a responsible adult check on your home every three days while you’re gone in order for your home/tenant insurance policy to remain active.
To obtain additional advice on achieving peace of mind and acquiring unrestricted coverage, contact or visit Sharp Insurance’s Home/Tenant Insurance page to consult with their Calgary home insurance broker.
Now you’re all set for your big Spring Break adventure. Enjoy your vacation and don’t forget to charge your camera!