Consider Family Travel Options Year Round
Summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school. If you were unable to go on a family vacation this summer don't despair. Family travel is not limited to the summer season. Wonderful memories can be made when traveling as a family in any season.
Look for School Vacations
Summer travel is popular partly because kids are on vacation from school. Check the vacation schedule for the upcoming school year. You will likely see a few long weekends during the fall and week long breaks over Christmas and in the spring. Consider planning a family trip for one of these school breaks. Your child won't miss valuable classroom learning and you will still make memories as a family.
Many people think a beach vacation is only possible during the summer but often beaches can be a fun place to visit well into the fall. The weather may be a little chilly for swimming, but the crowds will also be significantly smaller. For many special needs children, a desolate beach is typically more enjoyable than a crowded one. The beach is still fun for exploring and building sand castles even if swimming isn't an option due to cool temperatures. As a bonus the photos you take for the family memory album won't be filled with strangers!
Consider Pulling Kids Out of School
For some families pulling their children out of school is an option allowing a less expensive, less crowded vacation experience. If your child will be negatively impacted emotionally or academically by missing school this may not be the best option for your family. If your child can make up the work and handle the schedule disruption it can be a fantastic way to create family memories that will last a lifetime. Vacationing when school is in session is often significantly cheaper making trips more affordable for families.
Embrace the Season
Plan a vacation that will take advantage of the season you will be traveling in. For example, if you are traveling in the fall have the trip revolve around seeing the leaves change color. Include sightseeing that highlights fall foliage and plan craft projects that incorporate fallen leaves. For a winter family trip consider a snowy destination with snow activities. A family vacation is a way to explore the world including the amazing environmental changes that occur each season.
It is possible to have memorable family experiences on vacation at any time during the year. All families should enjoy the experience and exploration that a family vacation allows. For additional suggestions about family travel contact us.
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