Vacation Rentals Information


Six Good Reasons to Take a Family Vacation


When I was young, family vacations with my parents consisted of driving for a week from place to place in a hot stifling car. My parents had the knack of picking the hottest week of the summer to do so. In spite of that, we still had fun, managed to find interesting sites to explore and those are the memories that I still have.

I discovered the joy of travel to far reaching destinations on my own by the time I turned 18. Jumping on a plane and heading off to Brazil, Europe or cruising the Caribbean, has turned into a life long passion my whole family now enjoys with me.

Family vacations have evolved over the years. There have never been more choices, more variety and more options available for family vacations as there is today. Especially since 9/11, the focus on family and community and played a strong role in our society. The travel industry has noticed and has geared up for families. From all-inclusive vacation packages and cruises, which are equipped with kids clubs and special activities; to resorts that supply a nanny for your stay, it's never been a better time for families to travel.

Still not sure? Here are just a few of the benefits of taking a family vacation:

1. The family that plays together, stays together.....

It is a time to get away from it all. Away from work, the phone calls, the kid's activities, the daily to do list. This is a great opportunity to spend time as a family and get to know each other. Go for a hike, build a sandcastle, explore a museum. There is more time to talk and spend time together without the daily distractions.

2. Teach your children well....

Travel is an excellent learning tool for kids. They can have the opportunity to learn about things first hand they may have learned in school, read about or saw on TV. Any destination can offer this learning experience whether it is a few hours drive away from you home or in Europe. Family vacations will teach children about different cultures, food, history, geography, climate, environment and so much more. The best part is that it's way more fun for them then learning it through homework!

3. New experiences they will never forget.....

Family vacations provide a whole new venue for experiences that your kids never would have had otherwise. We took a family cruise last winter, and it was my 9-year-old son's first cruise. We told him all about the ship and showed him pictures but I don't think he could quite grasp what it was really going to be like. We landed in Fort Lauderdale and as we were driving to the port, we could see our ship in the distance. He was excited but still very nonchalant. Once we got to the port and pulled up alongside the ship, he looked up and up and up at the enormous ship, his mouth dropped open and he gasped in amazement. That reaction was worth the price of the whole trip and is something I know our family will always remember.

4. Life is an adventure, especially on vacation....

Even if you are not particularly brave there are still many ways to experience the adventures that lie in every corner of our planet. It may be as simple as going to the zoo at your destination and seeing the animals that are local to that habitat or taking a jungle tour though the Amazon. There is so much to see and do, pick the adventures that appeal to your family and do them together.

5. You kids won't be kids forever....

Doesn't seem like yesterday that the teenager that just borrowed your car, was in diapers and day-care? Most parents agree that time seems to fly by quickly and those babies are grown before you know it. There will come a time that your children will have lives of their own and sad as it may seem, spending time with Mom and Dad will not be anywhere near the top of their list. Take the time for a family vacation while they still want your company.

6. Time to kick back and relax......

Now this part is important. One of the main reasons to take a vacation is to get some rest and recharge. It is important for everyone so don't over do it. Try and schedule an active day followed by a more relaxing day. It's hard to do in some destinations where there is so much to see and do like Disney World, but trust me. The kids will be less tired and cranky and it will give you a reason to come back to the destination again!

I know this all sounds so good, it makes you want to book that trip you've been putting off doesn't it? Well, I will add in a dose of reality here and include a few negatives. There are some natural stresses to travelling. Planes get delayed, kids get cranky, families can have too much of a good thing and get on each other's nerves. The list can go on, but don't let that discourage you, the advantages are too numerous to ignore.

So whether you choose to pack the kids in the car or fly to more exotic destinations, the benefits are the same. As far as memories go, we tend to remember the good things; the time spent together as a family, the new things that were discovered, the new friends we made, the places we saw. This is what your children will remember and, the fact that you were there with them to enjoy it.

Jolana Klobouk is a former travel agent who has traveled extensively for work and vacations with her family. For more travel information, visit her travel websites: http://www.best-family-beach-vacations.com and http://www.FlyFromCanada.com


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Hawaii Tribune-Herald

Measure that would regulate vacation rentals passes Planning Committee
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
A bill regulating vacation rentals took a big step forward Tuesday, clearing a council panel on its way to two final votes. Bill 108, more than a year in the making and now on its fifth draft, passed the council Planning Committee on a 6-1 vote, with ...



VRM Intel

What Recent Hotel Industry Numbers Mean for Vacation Rentals
VRM Intel
At Triptease's Direct Booking Summit for the hotel industry in early October, Isaac Collazo, vice president of competitive intelligence at IHG, shared several largely positive trends in the hotel industry. Digging into these statistics reveals key ...



Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Glenwood Springs City Council suspends new permits for vacation rentals
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
The Glenwood Springs City Council voted Thursday night to impose a four-month moratorium on vacation rentals by owner (VRBOs) permits after a fraught two-hour debate. Five of the council supported a moratorium on new VRBO permits, for four months, ...



Fast Company

Vacasa proves the quiet power of vacation rentals with $64M in new funding
Fast Company
Vacation rentals have always been a sleepy business. Vacasa wants to shake it up. The property management company has announced a new $64 million round of funding, bringing its total capital raised to $207.5 million.

and more »


USA TODAY

Budget travel: 16 chic hotels and vacation rentals under $200 a night
USA TODAY
The Eliza Jane, New Orleans ($109 per night): Manhattan-based interior design firm Stonehill Taylor has converted a row of 19th-century warehouses in New ...

and more »


Hawaii Tribune-Herald

New version of vacation rentals bill heads to Planning Committee
Hawaii Tribune-Herald
The fifth version of a bill regulating short-term vacation rentals will be considered by the County Council Planning Committee on Tuesday, taking into account recommendations from the Leeward and Windward planning commissions and the Planning ...



NBC 7 San Diego

How Future of Vacation Rentals Could Affect Housing Prices
NBC 7 San Diego
It's up in the air right now whether restrictions on short-term vacation rentals passed by the San Diego City Council will be permanent. Regardless of if they go through or not, what does it mean for the local real estate market? In July, the City ...



WECT

Topsail Beach reopens beach accesses, allows vacation rentals
WECT
TOPSAIL BEACH, NC (WECT) - A revised State of Emergency will allow some beach accesses to reopen and short-term vacation rentals are again OK at Topsail Beach. Mayor Howard Braxton signed the revised SOE on Thursday morning and it was posted ...



Business Insider

5 easy tips that could save you hundreds when booking vacation rentals
Business Insider
Like concert or airline tickets, vacation rentals pack a solid punch in operational fees when it comes to calculating your final price. Many times, these fees can mean hundreds of dollars tacked on the listed price. Here's the breakdown of fees by ...



Port City Daily

Surf City reopens beach, allows vacation rentals, warns people can enter some areas 'at their own risk'
Port City Daily
SURF CITY — After being closed for weeks, Surf City's beach has been reopened. According to the Surf City Police Department, which sent a notice Friday afternoon, “vacation rentals are allowed, the beach is open, and there is no curfew.” While other ...

and more »

Google News

home | site map
© 2007