With an average of 4.5 trips each year, planning the next getaway is a continuous cycle for many American families
Eileen Ogintz, Syndicated Columnist and Travel Expert
(Orlando, FL, Thursday, March 14, 2013) – Travel expert, syndicated columnist and author of kid-friendly guide books, Eileen Ogintz offers insight into travel trends and tips to help families get more out of travel in 2013.
Celebratory Travel – A short getaway to celebrate a graduation, birthday or other milestone may be easier and more reasonable priced than many think, without shortchanging on the memories and fun.
Multi-Generational Travel – More than one third of grandparents who are leisure travelers have traveled with grandkids in the last year. Learn about what destinations are doing to accommodate this new wave of travelers.
Split Travel – While the ideal is to travel as an entire family unit, many families are opting for shorter split getaways, and so while they may be separate vacations, they can be equally as fun.
Evolution of the Kids Menu – As kids become more sophisticated eaters and parents seek healthier options, the typical macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers are now more than ever taking a back seat to fresh, local ingredients. More hotels and attractions are offering healthier choices to give travelers (including kids!) the power to make better choices
Make the planning process simpler:
Get the entire family involved – The dreaming and planning stages of travel are almost as fun as the actual trip. Get the entire family involved early by looking online together or at tailored guide books, like Eileen’s newly released “Kids Guide to Orlando.”
Let everyone have a voice – Let each family member select a special activity that way everyone looks forward to the trip and other family members try new things they wouldn’t necessarily pick out on their own.
Key factors when selecting where to go in 2013:
Timing is everything – Orlando is a really popular spring break destination. Instead of going at the peak travel period, delay for a getaway in May and June.
Find the right resource – Tourism Bureau websites offer a collection of deals for a destination and some even have downloadable savings cards.