Family vacations are a must, we all need to get away. A break from the normal routine keeps everything moving smoothly. Here are four reasons why family vacations are important (thanks to

Vacations mean spending quality time with your family

Parents and children are consistently on the go. There is work, school, after school programs, sports and other activities. There may be very little time to sit down and have a conversation with your children and vice-a-versa. You have the weekend, but the weekend may not be enough to catch up on things happening in your lives. Vacations will pull a family together and reinforce the fact that quality time is essential.

Taking a vacation allows you and your family to lay back and relax

Parents and children face a lot of things on a day to day basis. Children have a load of homework to do and parents work long hours to provide for their families. When a parent comes home, they help their children with homework, cook, clean and prepare the household for the next day. Not to mention, if the parents bring work home, they must fit that into their schedule as well.

A family vacation will definitely put the daily routine aside for just a little while and allow you to kick back and relax. Whether you go away or stay home, enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Do things you would not normally do with your family on a normal schedule. Vacations are meant to have fun without any worries.

Taking a family vacation will create fond memories

Years from now you could open up an album or view a video of your vacation and relive the wonderful memories once again. Memories are to be cherished and remembered for as long as you live.

When you take a vacation, you will experience new things

Whether you and your family take a vacation out of state, or around the corner, there is no doubt you all will learn different things. For example, you may have a bus tour in your own city. This tour can educate you on the history of the neighborhood along with other interesting information. There are tour buses in the boroughs of New York City and many local residents take the tour as if they were first time visitors.

Here’s how I make sure vacations happen on any budget:

1st start with some research:  My top 3 sites are Certifikid, Groupon, and LivingSocial. All of the deals on these sites are all-inclusive, which is great because its saves you money on food. YAY!! ( because my boys can eat!)

2nd Set a Budget! Find what works for you. You don’t have to do anything big. You can do a local getaway. Somewhere less then an hour away works perfectly. This way you can drive to which saves money on travel.

3rd Focus on Fun!! Don’t get wrapped up in the room or the view. Find the cheapest room available. You’re on vacation, you don’t plan on being in the room anyway. It’s just a place to sleep. Next, look for places with pools, arcades, playrooms, park, grills or any included entertainment. Also, remember Groupon is your friend, find deals for where you are. They offer two for one deal and a percentage off specials.

The ultimate goal is to see a smile on your children faces. It really doesn’t take much for that. Spending time with you is really all children want.  Do that and everyone one is happy and having fun.



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