Fall is upon us which means it’s time to start talking about Spring Break! Whether you want to jet off to an exotic destination or set up your lounge chair in the sand, use our tried-and-true Spring Break tips to get the most out of your week away!
1. Book Early
The early bird gets the worm (and by worm, we mean trip)! Popular destinations like the Caribbean book up early, so it’s never too soon to start mapping out your spring break plans. Start talking to your Travel Advisor now about your plans.
2. Consider an All-Inclusive
All-inclusive resorts are a great option when traveling as a family, especially for Spring Break. With most meals and activities included, younger travelers will appreciate a bit more independence while mom and dad enjoy a break from pulling out their wallet at every turn.
3. Keep Your Routine
There is no better time to reset and recharge than spring break, but at the end of the week it’s back to reality! Fight the re-entry blues by maintaining your routine as much as possible while you’re away. Your children will easily get back to their early bedtime if they only stay up a little later during the trip.
4. Pack Clothes for Each Day
It may sounds tedious, but in the end it will pay off! When packing for kiddos, pack an outfit for each day in a Ziploc bag. This avoids the stress of choosing an outfit every morning and helps separate dirty clothes from clean ones.
5. Take A Picture
Especially when visiting theme parks! Snap a picture of your child every morning. In the event they get lost, it’ll be easier to remember their outfit and help others identify them.
6. Think Outside the Beach
While soaking up a little sun will always hold a place in our heart, don’t rule out the less tropical locales. You could learn about US history in DC or explore the National Parks Lewis and Clark style. Talk to your Advisor about other destinations that would be a good fit for your family!
7. Purchase Travel Insurance
Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance! Protect yourself and your spring break fund from trip disruptions, weather delays, or in the event you have to cancel.
8. Be Prepared
Adapters? Check. Required vaccinations? Check. Documentation of absent parent for international travel? Uh.. Do your research to ensure you have all of the proper documentation before hitting the road, especially when traveling internationally or with minors.
9. Plan for Downtime
While we all want to make the most of our time in a destination, it’s important to leave yourself sometime to unwind. Don’t run yourself ragged and end up in need of a vacation from your vacation.
10. Only Pack the Essentials
You’re just there for a week; don’t spend your time lugging around your suitcase. Pack what you need, and when in doubt leave it out! If you need a little help, check out our Travel Advisor approved packing tips!
11. Check the Weather
Double, triple check the forecast. We all know that Spring weather is nothing if not unpredictable. It’d be a bummer to enjoy 80 degree weather in a 50 degree wardrobe.
12. Learn Something!
Okay, we’re not saying there needs to be a quiz at the end of your vacay, but it never hurts to pick up a few new words in a different language, even try a new food, or visit a wildlife reserve!
13. Always Bring a Swimsuit
Whether you’re heading to the beach, hitting the slopes, or spending time in the big city, Bring. A. Swimsuit. Chances are there is a pool at the hotel or nearby, and swimming can be fantastic for downtime (and getting that never-ending energy out)!
14. Pack an Empty Bag
Whether you use it for souvenirs or dirty clothes, you never know when a little extra storage may come in handy.
15. Be Schedule Savvy
It’s no surprise that spring break is a peak travel season. Talk to your Advisor about booking tours and activities during less crowded times, and avoid spending half of your trip waiting in line.
16. Keep an Emergency Snack Stash
You’re not you when you’re hungry. Pack some snacks in your bags for when you and your family are in dire need of a granola bar.
17. Make a Copy of your Itinerary
Whether it’s a grandparent or neighbor, give someone on the home front a copy of your itinerary or hotel accommodations in case they need to reach you.
Set your out of office, and step away from social media. Spring break is a short week, so make the most of the time with your family or friends. Hang up and hang out.
19. Make Planning a Group Effort
Planning is more fun when each family member feels like they have a say. Try letting everyone choose one group activity they are excited to-do. Teamwork makes the dream work!
20. Keep a Journal
Spring break memories may last forever, but they do fade. Write down the good, the bad, and the funny. You’ll be happy you did, especially when your children are older.
21. Close Up Shop
Make a list to ensure everything is in order before you jet off. Drop of the dog, close the garage, take out the trash, make sure the oven is off, and cross it off the list so you don’t have to second guess yourself later.
22. Take Some Time for YOU
While spring break is the perfect time to spend a little QT as a family, it’s important to take some time for you. Get a massage or go on a date! It’s your vacation too.
23. Be Flexible
Keep calm and be flexible. You never know what’s around the corner, so keep a less rigid itinerary to allow for the next unexpected meltdown.
24. Leave a Little Wiggle Room
Traveling as a group is always more complicated than traveling in ones and twos. Get to the airport extra early and leave a little cushion in between activities.
25. Fight the Post Trip Blues
Coming back to reality after a fun vacation is tough for everyone. Plan a fun dinner at home (grab a pizza and keep it easy!), and take time to talk about the highs, lows, and uh-ohs of your trip. You can even dream about your next trip! Get post-travel advice from the pros here!