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Planning a family vacation can be challenging but the rewards of exploring the world with your kids are all worth it! Following this step-by-step family vacation planner checklist will make the planning process much more efficient.
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The Gowhee app helps you find destinations loaded with places for kids. Each location is added by parents and reviewed by families around the world.
You can use the 30+ filters to narrow your searches, like hotels or Airbnbs offering cribs, with kitchen or laundry.
If you already know your destination, the app is also great to find things to do with kids while onsite. There are categories to help you search like Culture, zoos, kid-friendly hikes, etc…
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Compare flights for different destinations and before booking the flight make sure the accommodations are in your budget as well. Sometimes a “flight deal” is becoming more expensive overall because of the high cost of living on site.
When traveling with kids, your traveling dates will most likely be during the high season. Here are 3 ways you can still save money while traveling at peak time:
PRO TIP: Make sure to look at the different times of year for your destination best weather and events happening. Sometimes “off-season” in one country is the peak in another.
People often roll their eyes to travel insurances but they can save you a ton of money and frustration. It is especially true during the pandemic.
Facts about travel insurances:
PRO TIP: Choose a plan that covers luggage loss/damages and car rental. This way you will have less to worry about during the trip.
Some countries require a visa process and this can take up to 90 days in some cases.
So starting the process early is the best way to guarantee a smooth process.
Covid regulations vary between countries. Places like Chile, for instance, require a specific health passport that can take up to 4 weeks. So make sure to start that process as soon as you chose your destination.
PRO TIP: Double-check everyone’s passport expiration dates. Make three copies: one to give to a trusted friend/family, one to put in your luggage, and one to stay home.
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The Gowhee network is present in 60+ country already such as the United States, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, France, U.K, South Africa, Australia, Japan, Croatia, Greece… all locations are added by parents themselves.
A month before your trip is a great time to start ordering all the items you may need for your vacation. Here are some staples:
PRO TIP: Use compression packing cubes for all your trips. It saves you a ton of space and allows the whole family to travel with carry-ons only. Even if your flight comes with free check-in bags, the frustration of losing your belongings, is not worth it.
Involving the kids in all your family trips preparation has many benefits. They are more patient during the travel journey because they know what’s coming. You can set expectations ahead of time and they get a chance to share what they want to do. It is also the perfect family bonding time.
Create your main itinerary before booking local transportations, attractions, and tour guides. For instance, if you are interested in visiting most cities during your trip, a car rental might not be necessary.
PRO TIP: Use the Gowhee App’s bucket list feature since it is easy for kids to save their favorite spots.
Plan a trip … and all the problems should come. All the issues at work seem to happen right before you are leaving for your vacation. It is known!
Try to set expectations with your team and for yourself.
PRO TIP: If staying connected is a necessity, reserver a specific time/day during your vacation. But disable all notifications the rest of the time. Your team will know when to expect your feedback based on the time you set.
Giving a full week before departure is best to allow packing mishaps and doing all the necessary self-care (i.e hair).
PRO TIP: If you are worried about jetlag, it is the perfect time to slowly ease into the new time zone. Start changing your eating/sleeping habits, a little every day.
Packing that personal item is as important (maybe even more important) than the rest of the luggage. Here are some essentials:
PRO TIP: Pack the equivalent of a whole day trip necessities in everyone’s backpack. This is a great fallback if luggage gets lost, spills happen or a potty incident occurs.
Travel planning is done, tickets, passports are packed and you can’t wait to get going. But before leaving, make sure you set everything up for departure at home!
PRO TIP: Download a couple of kid’s shows on your device and computer. In case something happens to one device you will have a backup! As a general rule, never rely on in-flight entertainment since sometimes they are not available or out of work.
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