After a long, cold winter one of the most exciting times of the year is getting ready for spring break vacation. It’s the perfect way to start the new season with your family, and to unwind and have some fun after the winter months.  Traveling with your family can be tough – so we wanted to provide you with a few tips that will make sure your travel plans go a little bit smoother this year.

Research before you book.

You may have an idea about where you and your family would like to visit during spring break, but make sure you research the area ahead of time. Certain locations are known to be party spots while others are made to be family friendly. Make sure you are booking your location based on what will work best for your family. Also be sure to ask what type of atmosphere a hotel has before you decide to purchase a room.

Book plans early.

Spring break is one of the most popular travel times within the entire year and no matter the location you are planning on visiting, it will most likely be busy. Make sure to not only book your airfare a great deal ahead of time but also your hotel accommodations and rental car if your need one. Also look into pre booking any activities you are interested in so you can plan an itinerary and make sure you are able fit in something for everyone.

Take safety precautions.

Before you go, make sure your home is safe and securely locked. Be sure to let a close friend, family member, or neighbor know the dates you will be traveling and has your phone number in case of any emergencies. While you are on your trip it’s important to remember that such a popular travel time can also put you at a greater risk for travel scams. Make sure to shy away from wearing flashy clothing and jewelry and always leave your valuables locked away safely in your hotel room.

Make it educational.

If you are traveling with children, spring break can be a great way to find educational activities that are also fun. Before you leave, research where the best parks, museums, tours, libraries, and zoos are so that you can incorporate learning and having fun.

Prepare for the weather.

Before you leave make sure to look up what the weather is expected to be at your destination.  If you are traveling to a tropical location be sure to pack lightweight clothing, sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen. Pack appropriate footwear that is comfortable for any activities that you have planned. Also remember that even if you are going somewhere hot, to pack pants and a sweatshirt or jacket for cooler nights.

Invest in travel protection.

 Purchasing a travel protection plan can help de-stress the trip, just by knowing you have coverage for your family if any unexpected travel disruptions do in fact happen along the way.

What family spring break tips do you have? Let us know!