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Vacation Planning Tips for Families

Sep 9, 2008
When you want to take a vacation, careful planning must take place in order to get the best trip for the best price. If you really want your vacation to go well and be carefree while you are exploring your favorite destination, you will want to start planning for your trip at least three months before departure, especially if you are traveling to a foreign country.

Vacation planning begins with making a list of the places that you would like to visit, and ones that you will be able to afford. Your goal is to choose a place that will provide you with plenty of cultural and entertaining experiences for the best price. Let's assume that you are traveling to a foreign country. The first step you need to take in order to prepare for your trip is to apply for a passport. And after you have applied, make sure to pay attention to the US State Department travel warnings in case your destination ends up on the list.

It is also a good idea to make arrangements with neighbors a few months ahead of time to take care of your house. You will not want to find someone last minute and get stuck with the wrong person. This also goes for any pet care arrangements you will need to make for the dog, cat, or other pet you may have.

Another step you will need to take plenty of time to check on is your health insurance policy. Make sure that it will cover expenses that occur while you are out of the country. If it doesn't, you will want to think about purchasing additional insurance that will cover you for the duration of your trip.

Now you are ready for the fun stuff. About a month before the trip you will want to start purchasing any special items such as different clothing for the climate of your destination. Not sure what the weather will be like when you get there? You can always check online travel networks that can provide you will detailed information about your destination. You will also want to check with your hotel to see if they provide iron, hair dryers, shampoo, and any other things that you will need to pack if it is not provided.

By this time, you will need to check to see if any shots are required to go to your destination. And you will want to get identification that states any of your medical problems or allergies. And if you take and prescription medications, you will want to stock up on these so that you will have plenty for your trip.

It is probably a good idea to stop mail delivery to your house while you are gone unless you have someone house sitting for you who can pick it up everyday. And on the day that you leave, give yourself plenty of time to get through airport security and get to your flight on time.
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