5 Tips On How To Choose The Perfect Family Vacation Destination

April 24, 2024

Here are 5 tips on how to make choosing the perfect vacation destination simpler, quicker, and more enjoyable.

Choosing the perfect vacation destination, while generally exciting and enjoyable, can prove to be a daunting and quite taxing task if not done systematically. Nothing can be more thrilling than planning for your next vacation. In fact, I consider planning to be part of the whole travel experience itself. It begins with picking the next location that you want to go to. This will set off the whole action of saving up for it, doing research, preparing an itinerary, making all the bookings and arrangements, and finally traveling to your intended destination.

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5 Tips On How To Choose The Perfect Family Vacation Destination

    You can do two approaches when choosing your vacation destination

    Choosing your vacation destination can be done in two approaches. One option is to go back to a place that you have previously fallen in love with, which means that you would not have to make too many arrangements since you are already familiar with the place anyway.

    On the other hand, you can also opt to try a new destination especially one that you have been eyeing for a long time. With this option though, you would have to plan it well to ensure that you will not encounter any bumps or hiccups when you do set out on your holiday.

    Don't let the planning work discourage you

    While travel planning involves hard work, do not let it discourage you because the merits of it far outweigh the nuisances that come with not planning at all. Above all, you will be embarking on a new experience and collecting memories that are all worth the trouble. You may also want to display those memories by converting them into wall art, such as those made by Hello Canvas which you can check out for ideas.

    In short, you would always have to begin somewhere, particularly a decision on what you want to see or experience. This will give you an idea of the options that are available to you and, especially if you want to visit a new place, will eventually aid you in eliminating choices that are not viable until you finally arrive at a final decision.

    Planning for your perfect vacation

    If you are having a hard time, here are some questions that you may want to ask yourself to help you in choosing your perfect vacation destination:

    1. Are you traveling alone, as a couple, or with children?

    It’s much easier to decide where to go next if you know who your companions are. If you are traveling solo, then you are free to choose any vacation destination that you want to go to. If you are going with your significant other, then you might want to go to a romantic destination or somewhere that is not too crowded.

    It becomes even narrower if you are traveling with small children because you would want a place that is family or child-friendly. The last thing that you would want is to spoil your vacation because of any untoward incident, which you do not want to happen, of course.

    2. How much budget do you want to spend on this vacation?

    Budget is another critical factor that will help you in planning for your vacation. If you are feeling extravagant, you can choose an overseas destination, say a European tour or an African Safari. if you would just like to spend a few days on a nice beach, then you may opt to settle for a local destination. Sometimes, you do not even have to go far

    3. How much time can you afford to spend?

    Time is of the essence, so you also have to ask yourself how much of it you can allot for your vacation. Some people can only afford a weekend while others can spend a whole week out on a holiday.

    Know how much time you are willing to spend when you are planning for the perfect vacation destination
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    If you only have a weekend to spare, then you might want to consider traveling to a nearby beach or resort, or perhaps you might just want to spend it on a staycation. If you can allot a week, then that’s the time that you can maybe consider traveling to an out-of-the-country location.

    Knowing how much time you can spend on your vacation will greatly help you in your decision-making process.

    4. Is there a particular experience that you want to tick off your bucket list?

    You might also want to factor in the particular experience that you may want to cross off your bucket list. This is not the most critical factor, honestly, but this might be the one sign that you are waiting for to finally decide to go to a particular place.

    It can be anything from wanting to try to climb a mountain, to free dive, to spend a night in the outdoors, to go on a heritage tour, or to finally try to bungee jump. Whatever experience is, you will be surprised that it can make a lot of difference just by knowing what it is that you want to fulfill in your next adventure.

    5. Why not go back to a destination that you’ve been to but fell in love with?

    One thing that you may also want to keep in mind is that you do not always have to be in a new place in order for it to be considered a holiday. Consider going to a destination that you have been to before but you fell in love with. 

    That way, you would not have to stress yourself out with the whole ruckus of researching and planning for your trip all over again. When you are in an old destination, you can save time because you would already know where to go or what to bring with you.

    In our case, it’s Boracay. It’s our favorite destination and we have been there a number of times in the past. Because of that, we already know how much money to bring, how to spend our day, or which restaurant to eat at when we get hungry.

    Best resources you can check out for travel inspiration

    If you want to quickly get ideas on where to travel next, here are some of the best resources that you can check out. Most of these are easily accessible via the internet or social media, which is the most common way of accessing information nowadays.

    1. Facebook travel groups

    Facebook travel groups contain a wealth of information about destinations, travel guides, and budgets all for free. What’s even better is that the posts come with photos so you would have a fairly good idea of what to expect from the destination of your choice.

    2. Read travel blogs

    Travel blogs are still some of the best resources for travel information. Long narratives are great for providing detailed information, itinerary, and budget. They also come with pictures that are actually more expressive because they are embedded in actual stories. So the next time you need details and first-hand experience about a particular tourist spot, just visit your favorite travel blog.

    3. Head over to Instagram

    Instagram has soared in popularity over the years as a great source of visual inspiration for different niches, such as food, fashion, and, of course, travel. While the posts are not as detailed as in travel blogs, the dramatic shots of places themselves are enough to convince you to pack your bags and go.

    4. Go through hotel booking sites

    Hotel booking sites are another great source of information. These usually have blog sections that, while not as detailed as traditional travel blogs, contain just enough information to spark the wanderlust in you.

    5. Travel books and magazines

    Nothing beats good old travel books and magazines. Like travel blogs, the information that you can find in books and magazines is detailed. Aside from that, photos are professionally executed so you are presented with shots that are stunning and truly inspiring.

    6. Visit travel fairs

    While visiting travel fairs can be time-consuming, it’s always a good idea to check them out because you can talk to travel agencies and tour organizers directly. As such, you can easily have your questions and inquiries answered all in one spot. 

    Aside from that, most tour packages are on sale during travel fairs so you might just score a discount on your target travel destination.


    When choosing your next travel destination, it is important to keep in mind that you do not always have to go to a popular destination. Just because people are raving about a certain place does not mean that you have to be there too. You always have to pick the place that you find appealing the most

    Research about the vacation destination that you want to go to
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    In the end, it is better to just trust your gut. If you are drawn to the terracotta rooftops and Mediterranean flavors of Italy, then perhaps it is not wise to invest time and money in a trip to, say, New York. Keep in mind that it is only you who know what is best.

    How to plan the perfect vacation destination

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    1. These are excellent tips. The first thing to think about is what your goal is for the vacation. From there, all of these tips really help you nail it down.

    2. There are so many wonderful ways to get ideas. Then to actually sit down and get the flights and the hotel settled. I like to read reviews.

    3. What a lovely tips for choosing perfect vacation I' am hoping to get full covid vaccinated to starting on my future travel trip. Awesome :)

    4. I have traveled on a whim. I have also traveled with the difficult planning. Like you said, the benefits outweigh the burden and planning definitely has its advantages.

    5. I usually research on the destinations I want go prior to my travel. I also check ticket and hotel rates so it's within my budget.

    6. Very nice set of tips. Quite comprehensive, I should say. Except for one of those impromptu trips, we do a lot of what you have described. Planning is a must, irrespective of what your budget is . In fact tighter the budget more the planning .