Canadians, it’s the most depressing time of the year.
The streets are grey and slushy. The wind is cold and biting. And as I dress in 17 layers – just short of preparing for nuclear winter – I dream of my tropical vacation down south. The humid air; the smell of sunscreen, that first sip from a Pina Colada.
If there’s ever a time to get away with your family, it’s now.
Readers of my blog will know that I’ve been collaborating with Transat Holidays for the past several months as their Family Travel Expert. And if you’ve seen me on a morning show or caught the #ExperienceTransat Twitter Party, you’ll have been privy to some of my best tips for planning the perfect family vacation. However, for all of my readers who may have missed the segments, I’d love to share the information with you today.
So, thinking of escaping to a warm climate this winter? Here’s what you need to know.
Tip #1: The perfect family vacation is planned with your family.
I know, it’s often easier to just take the reigns and do it yourself. However, the excitement over getting away is amplified when you involve your entire family in the planning. Get the kids involved in selecting the resort with their favourite pool. Look for places that offer a Kids Club or babysitting services so mom and dad can have some time off. Find out what water sports your teens are most interested in. When you plan the trip as a family, you’re more likely to settle on a destination that has a little something for everyone.
Tip #2: Explore your options for booking your family vacation.
Sometimes, you’ll want to bring in a professional – like a travel agent – to help you narrow down your selection. However, more than ever, Canadians are booking their own vacations online, and it couldn’t be easier! You’ll find a wide variety of vacation providers who offer an online concierge, live chat options, or a speedy response on contact form questions. So, the days of feeling utterly alone when booking online are totally over. Go forth and find that perfect vacay! (more…)Keep Reading