Making the most of your family holiday is easier than you may think. Get everyone involved in planning your trip and begin to plan early. Researching the places your family wants to see and booking early will take a lot of stress and cost out of your trip. A good beginning might be studying reviews of travel companies such as Holiday Systems, among others to find overlooked vacation bargains.

Engage the fun side of your brain

A family vacation is about quality time spent with the people you love. Most people spend every day 50 weeks a year intensely focused on work. Even when they are at home, work is occupying a big chunk of the gray matter. Get the most out of your holiday by shutting down the work-mind and engaging the fun side of yourself.

Engaging kids

Vacation time is definitely a high point of the year for the kids. It’s also a great chance for parents really see their kids as the people they are. Talk to your children and let them choose some of your holiday activities. Adventures on the road, swimming or simply sharing a meal around the campfire are memories you will treasure forever. Quality time interacting with your family is fun and makes for stronger, healthier young people too.

Getting more from vacation $$$

Your vacation budget is one of those areas were a little early planning and creative thinking really pay off. You can have a blast without blowing a super-sized hole in next year’s budget. Since the vacation is about quality time, get creative by avoiding the usual theme parks and corporate tourist traps. Talk it over with your family and see where they would really like to go. You might be surprised at what they tell you.

Tips and tactics

You can take the retail out of your vacation by joining a vacation club or private client travel organization. Do your homework before investing your money. Online forums and comparison websites offer helpful information, such as Holiday Systems reviews posted by club members. It is a good way to book timeshares, condominiums or cruises at a wholesale price.

Take the road less traveled. Rent an RV and travel the countryside looking for unusual and oddball destinations. Visit haunted houses, weird museums and historic sites.  America is filled with unusual and interesting things to see and do. Have some fun hiking through a ghost town or eat lunch inside a giant hotdog. This is your time and a world of fun, adventure and romance is waiting just down the road.

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Jillian Johnson is a professional content marketing writer and blogger with a particular interest in writing about travel. To read more writing by Jillian, follow her @MissWritey.