ARUBA – The holidays will be behind us in a few weeks, so we say it’s time to hit the road. Now is the time to start planning your next exciting, enriching and relaxing family vacation.
“If you wait too long to start making plans, you’ll end up frazzled, frustrated and unorganized,” said Matthew Smillie, owner of Aruba Villa Vacation Homes, which offers Aruba vacation rental. “Take a stand in the new year and get your plans and your troops assembled.”
The Golf vacation in Aruba provider has put together the best and easiest tips to help families get organized for their next vacation:
Before you go
Keep everything relating to your vacation in a central location. This should include contracts, especially if you’re renting a vacation home, as well as passports, itineraries, ticket information, important contact numbers and a list of things you can’t forget to pack.
Before you board the plane
When packing for the family, try to keep in mind that less is more, said the accommodation professional. It’s recommended that you pack for each member of your family day-by-day. This reduces your chances of over-packing and more importantly, having to pay extra for an overweight bag.
Be cautious when packing toiletry items. One tube of toothpaste should suit the whole family; the same goes for shampoo and conditioner. Travel size items are usually best, but if you have a large family, a large bottle of each care item should be sufficient.
Food for thought
Some airlines don’t offer snacks, and if they do they cost a pretty penny. Be sure to pack snacks for your family, but be mindful of security regulations. Don’t forget about entertainment for the kids. This can be anything from a handheld DVD player to a coloring book.
Taking a vacation can be expensive in itself so work to cut costs wherever you can. Opt for a vacation rental, rather than a hotel. With all the perks of home in a villa, you can cook your own meals and save a lot of time and money. As for activities, take the road less traveled. Or if you have your heart set on an excursion, see if there are any discounts offered, such as a lower rate on a weekday rather than a weekend.
“When you plan ahead you save yourself and your wallet from a lot of pain and headaches,” the beach villas special offers provider said. “You will find yourself actually enjoying the vacation when you make a few lists and plan ahead.”
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