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Plan Family Travel
INSIDE: Plan family travel using these tips.
There's no strict rule when it comes time to plan family travel, but I have a method I follow.
The first thing I do is collect lots of inspiration.
This inspiration comes from travel shows, family travel magazines, youtube, instagram, screenshots of things I see online, cut outs from popular magazines, travel pull outs in the newspaper, and - more and more - discussions with friends and family.
The internet doesn't always get it right, AND we know how tricky it can be to judge what a place really looks like when influencers use photoshop and lightroom to jazz up their pics.
First person accounts are the most reliable source.
Hot tip: At this point in the planning, I often make a dream board (or vision board) to help visualise my goal. I've no doubt this is a powerful tool in making dreams into reality.
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The second thing I do is head to Google Maps
I spend time on Google Maps finding out where I want to go, the distances between towns, the location of possible hotels, and the exact whereabouts of the activities we want to see and do.
(I can spend hours and hours and hours on Google Maps, but that's because researching travel is my favourite hobby!).
The third thing I do is search accommodation booking sites.
I search my favourite accommodation booking sites to find the best prices on hotels I've tagged as potential digs.
Then I call the hotel direct to see if they can do a better deal on price or inclusions. (This is my tip of the day.)
I love to use booking sites where I can book now and pay later where possible, as this gives me the flexibility to change dates if necessary when an epic flight deal appears.
We rarely stay in AirBNBs now. I can't vouch for the cleanliness of the beds or the linen (it totally depends on the person managing it) and that makes me feel a bit icky. I also don't fancy being filmed by some random host, and this is happening more and more frequently. Nor can I support a company that is ruthlessly destroying communities around the world for a quick profit. I do love AirBNB experiences as they offer some unreal opportunities to get up close and personal with locals in real life.
I do understand why some families book AirBNB - it's great to book a house for larger groups or families and in some cases it's the only option - but I will always love a good hotel more.
Book flights for family travel
Booking our plane tickets is usually the last step. I need to make sure that I can afford the trip and all that entails - the accom, the food, the transport around the place - before I snap up a bargain flight.
But if it's a really good deal (free return tickets) then booking a flight is my first step, and I figure the rest out later!
It's why I LOVE Jetstar. I've been to Tokyo three times in three years on super budget flights. One of which cost $299 AUD return total!
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