October. The kids and some parents are just getting settled into that BTS routine. Leaves are turning, pumpkin patches are opening and sweaters are unpacked. Spring Break is just a distant date on the calendar, right. WRONG! As a travel professional trying to book her own spring break vacations and those of my clients I can tell you things are filling up fast. So get out that school calendar, double check those dates and get to booking!
But where to go, what to do? Here is a list of great travel ideas for your family this spring:
Great way to see numerous destination without packing and unpacking. Disney is a strong family contender but all cruise lines cater to families with kids clubs, water slides, rock walls and ice skating rinks. Cruises offer a range of itineraries, with a variety of ports and many safe, family friendly shore excursions. Climb a waterfall in Jamaica, visit a turtle farm in Grand Cayman or explore the Mayan ruins of Tulum during the day and world class dining and entertainment at night. Don’t forget, most cruise lines also offer 7 day European Cruises starting in April.
Mexican and Caribbean All Inclusives:
Get off the plane, enter a resort, change into your swimsuits, grab a chair and a drink and watch the kids have fun. No worries about driving to dinner, planning activities, or hearing “I’m bored!” for the next 7 days. All inclusives offer dining, drinks, lodging and fun all for one price. Many are geared toward families with kid friendly buffets, mini waterparks, kids clubs and sitter services. Just pick your favorite beach and go!
A perennial stalwart. Chose a resort, hotel or beach and enjoy. Keep in mind, the weather in Florida can be unpredictable so pack with all weather in mind. Take advantage of all Florida has to offer, including spring training games, theme parks, beaches and sunshine.
This gets it’s own category, with a caveat. Most of the time, staying on or off property is a matter of personal preference but during busy seasons, I would highly recommend staying on property. Many times visitors will find the park is at capacity and closed to all but park “residents.” Be prepared to wait a little longer and book meals and activities in advance but with a little planning and patience it is a great time to enjoy the most wonderful place on earth.
Not everyone thinks of this as a spring break destination, but warm weather, natural beauty and spring training baseball make this a great family destination. The Scottsdale area offers beautiful resorts with an easy drive to the Grand Canyon and Grapefruit League spring training.
Spring Break is not just about beaches. Pick a city you have always wanted to visit and go! Head to Chicago for wonderful museums and great pizza. Visit New York City for shopping and the Statue of Liberty. Washington DC and Philadelphia for a little bit of history and lots of family fun. Atlanta offers mild weather and great kids activities. Grab an umbrella and head to the Pacific Northwest and enjoy the beauty of Portland and Seattle.
There is no limit to what you can do, but get planning soon! And don’t forget passports take a long time so get them now and avoid the rush and extra fees later. Happy Traveling!!