Less whining, more winning
How to plan a family vacation everyone will love
Want to plan the perfect summer vacation and avoid any hiccups? We've created a one-stop shop for all things family travel to help you turn potential whines into guaranteed wins.
Take suggestions from the whole family—yes, even the littlest ones
Avoid feeling overwhelmed by all the options out there by simply asking what everyone wants to see, do, and even eat. While it might not be possible to tick off everything on every bucket list, it's easier to curate (and compromise on) fun activities when the whole family has input on the itinerary. Does Grandma want to learn to stand-up paddleboard? Make basecamp a lakeside retreat. Is your youngest currently obsessed with hermit crabs? Find a coastal oasis ripe for rock pool explorations.
Save your sanity and your wallet by bundling your trip items
Booking everything in one place (like right here on Expedia) can save you big in more ways than one. You'll save yourself time by having all the options to choose from right in our search results, and you'll also unlock fantastic savings while still getting to select from available flight or hotel options that suit your needs. It's also easy to add on car hire, buy tickets to events, or book unique experiences at any time (and maybe snag a discount or two while you're at it).
Pro tip: Review your itinerary details at any time in the Expedia app—even when you're offline. The app will also send you important updates if anything changes to keep you up to date.
Think outside the box when it comes to places to stay
Look for somewhere that will instantly bring a grin to everyone's face the minute you unlock the door. We're talking hotel suites with bunk beds, lodges with outdoor playgrounds, or all-inclusive resorts where you know there'll be something for everyone. Choosing a vacation rental is another excellent option for a memorable getaway. You'll be surprised how valuable the extra space can be for both coming together as a group and also spreading out for some alone time. Staying in a vacation rental also opens up the possibility of having super-cool themed bedrooms, incredible games rooms, and your own private pool. To find all this and more, filter your Expedia search results to see the great stays for families by selecting "Family friendly" under trip type.
Make a plan, but be prepared to throw away the plan
Save your future self the worry of the unknown by taking a few extra steps to have things ready ahead of time. Prebook tickets to popular attractions, make reservations at that restaurant you want to try, and select options with free cancellation or no change fees wherever you can. And if something doesn't go to plan, turn the experience into a memorable moment you'll all laugh about for years to come. Think: taking goofy photos of each other at the airport if your flight is delayed or having an indoor treasure hunt if you get stuck inside on a rainy day. Because in the end, the most important things to do on vacation are to have fun, relax, and enjoy spending time with each other.
Find the perfect spot for your entire crew
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