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Organizing and Planning a Successful Family Vacation

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					Organizing and Planning a Successful Family Vacation

Planning a successful family vacation can be tricky when you're trying to
work around your family member's busy schedules. Coordinating requested
time off from work with school vacations and summertime activities can be
a daunting task.

Get your family actively involved in the vacation planning process.
Everyone wants a trip to remember, and by obtaining input from each
family member as to what they enjoy, what they'd like to do and where
they'd like to go, it can be successfully planned.
Your children may surprise you with some of things they suggest to do on
vacation.

Once you've got your plan mapped out, keep your kids involved by putting
them in charge of at least one aspect of the trip. They may be good with
landmarks and direction. If that's the case, have them be your
navigator. Maybe they love to take pictures and would love to be the
official vacation photographer. You'll feel less overwhelmed by
everything that needs to be covered during the trip, and they'll feel a
great sense of accomplishment in tackling their assigned project.

It's highly unlikely that your time or monetary budget will allow you to
do every single thing that everyone wants to do on the trip. Work
together to narrow the list, and place those things that everyone would
like to do toward the top.

After the location, time frame, and activities have been settled, it's
time to make the to do list. Figure out what clothes need to be packed,
which neighbor or friend is going to check your mail and water your
houseplants, and what bills need to be paid prior to your leaving. Put
your children in charge of figuring out things like how much dog food you
need to bring along for a vacation that will last for ten days, and make
them responsible for locating their swim trunks, travel games, favorite
books and music CDs.

With a little forethought and some careful planning, you can have the
family vacation of a lifetime and live to tell the tale.

				
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