Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Vacation to Sunny California
It’s always great to get away with the family. Time is one thing you can never get back and spending quality time together is one way to cherish it the most. Going on a family vacation allows you to create memories, share laughs, and explore new places. If you’re looking for the perfect place to travel to this year, California is a great destination. It’s got something for everybody and can be exciting to visit all year long. Here are some tips for planning the perfect vacation.
Choose a City
California is a huge state. Though it would be cool to see the entire thing, you’ll want to narrow your trip down to the best city. Research the most popular destinations to visit in California. Some of the most family-friendly would include San Diego, Hollywood, and Los Angeles. You can determine the best places to visit by considering your vacation budget (as some areas can be costlier to visit) and everyone’s interests and age. If you’re traveling with teens, they might prefer going to a city with the best beaches, while younger children need to be stimulated with fun activities like zoos and amusement parks.
Create an Itinerary
Once you’ve decided where you’ll go it’s time to think about what to do while you’re there. Though you may go off the beaten path once you get there, an itinerary ensures you get everything you wanted to see while you’re there. Since it’s a family vacation, you want to make sure that you’ve included things that everyone will enjoy (even you). If you were to choose San Diego, you might do things like visiting the San Diego Zoo and Sea World with the kids and then see live shows in San Diego casinos or go dancing with your significant other once the kids are satisfied.
Check for Deals
Family vacations can be expensive if you’re not savvy. Before booking hotel stays, flights, purchasing admission tickets, or renting a car, make sure you’ve done a thorough online search for deals. You can sometimes find deals like city passes which are essentially tickets to various tourist attractions for a lower price. You might also find great deals on food and package deals on hotels, flights, and rental cars.
Don’t just stop with online searches either. When you arrive at your hotel, be sure to ask the desk attendant about offers. Companies who want to attract tourists will often provide hotels with coupons, discounts, and pamphlets on entertainment, food, and other accommodations you might be interested in. You can also save money on vacation by staying at an all-inclusive resort where meals are included, or by getting a room with a mini kitchen so you can prep some meals yourself instead of eating out three times each day.
Secure the Home
The only thing left to do is secure your home. When you’re away it leaves your home vulnerable to everything from theft and vandalism to fires and flooding. Since you don’t want to end up coming back to a home that’s been burglarized or damaged, you’ll want to do a few things:
1. Designate someone to check on the house and pets
2. Look to security measures available to you from companies like Nortek Security & Control which manufactures home security devices with fire and co detectors, motion sensors, and digital doorbells to deter burglars and alert authorities for household emergencies like fires or gas leaks.
3. Stop subscription services to keep newspapers and magazines from piling up.
4. Trim hedges and cut grass to allude the assumption that the property is vacant.
5. Secure valuables like jewelry, family heirlooms, and important documents in a fireproof safe to minimize the risk of theft and/or damage from unforeseen causes like fires or flooding.
Though there can still be a few unplanned bumps in the road along the way, these tips will help you to have fun while you’re in California and reduce the likelihood of coming home to a host of problems. Once you’ve checked everything off the list above, you’re ready to pack your bags and get ready to enjoy some much-needed fun, rest, and relaxation.
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