You haven’t been on a vacation since you still lived at home with your parents. Now you are married and have two children, a family of your own. You and your spouse decide you want to plan your first vacation as a family, or your first family travel destination. The only problem is where to begin.
The first and foremost item to figure out is what interests you and your spouse. While you may have things in common, you may not have the same ideas as to what you want to do for vacation. Each of you makes a list and then sits down together to share what you wrote. You may want to go to the beach while your spouse may prefer the mountains. Somehow through a compromise, you will both need to decide which you prefer to do for vacation. Perhaps a good compromise is to choose the beach the first year and then the mountains the next year. However, other factors will play into your destination as well, such as things to do so you satisfy each member of the family.
A factor helping you in your decision is safety. If you prefer to remain safe on your vacation, then staying in the United States is a must for you. However, if you prefer to be adventurous, then perhaps a trip outside the States is what you would like to do. Depending upon how young your children are, it might be best to stay in the States until the children reach an age where you might feel safer in traveling abroad.
Another factor in helping your decision is the type of weather you might encounter. If you prefer the cold and snow, then the mountains would be for you. However, if you prefer warmer temperatures with maybe an occasion rain shower, then a beach or someplace south might be the better choice. The weather is definitely something to think about, though, when it comes to what you pack in suitcases and the kinds of activities you will be doing while on your vacation.
The last and final factor to take into account when planning your trip is how you will get to your destination. If you go abroad, it is a given that you will fly. However, when it comes to staying within the United States, then you have the option of driving or flying. That will depend upon how quickly you prefer to arrive at your destination. If you wish to make the most of your time, then you may choose to fly, or if you wish to take in the scenery along the journey, then you may choose to drive. Of course, this may all depend upon your budget and how much you have to spend.