It can be a lot of fun to plan family vacations. You take a survey and see where everyone wants to go, and then you pick the one that makes the most sense. But, one of the techniques to make sure you have a good time is to specifically avoid places or types of vacation that could add stress to your family or are known for causing trouble for tourists.
Some of the types of vacation situations to avoid would be any kind of disaster on the sea, places that cause seasonal stress, violent areas of the world, or places where you expect to spend very little money but get a lot in return. Being realistic about your destination concerning cost and benefit is very important for planning a good trip.
Disasters on the Sea
Going on a family cruise can be one of the most memorable experiences in a person’s life. However, there have been disasters at sea. And some companies, cruise ships, or types of sea vacation are more or less likely to end up in trouble. Always make sure to check the references of cruise ships and their captains to make sure you’re not signing up for something that could end up with you having to take a lifeboat back to shore.
Places of Seasonal Stress
Certain areas of the world are incredibly stressful during tourist season. You may want to go to Disney World at the height of the tourist season in the summer, but you’re getting what you ask for in that regard. Long lines, high prices, difficulty finding quiet and comfortable places to stay. Remember that if you want to go to a place with your family, other people do too. That’s why you have to be smart and schedule it for a time when you aren’t going to be elbowing other people out of the way.
Violent Places in the World
As much as you might be interested in visiting individual countries, there are specific places that you just shouldn’t go during certain time frames. Now would not be a great time to visit North Korea. You might even have some hesitation about going to Russia considering the political climate there. The point is, for a relaxing family vacation, don’t go somewhere that is having civil unrest.
Shoestring Budgets with High Expectations
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on your family vacation, it’s important that you don’t go anywhere with high expectations. Food costs money. Nice places to stay cost money. If you’re looking for a luxury event, you have to be willing to pay for it. If you’re trying to cut corners and still have a good time, you can do that, but you have to lower your expectations about the environment.