Family Vacation Tips

Need Help With A Family Cruise

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 11, 2018 6:04:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in family cruise, Family Cruises, Family Vacation, Toddler Vacations, family group travel, Family of 5 Vacations

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 Congratulations on your decision to take a family cruise vacation!

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Help Booking a Cruise with Three Kids

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 11, 2018 6:45:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in family cruise, Family Cruises, Family of 5 Vacations, Family Vacation, family vacation ideas

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Yes!... It's possible to book a cruise cabin for a family of 5 or more, despite what you've been searching online.  We travel agents do it all the time so allow me to share some insider tips with you  starting with some basics. 

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Hotel vs Vacation Home Rental

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Affordable Family Vacations, Family of 5 Vacations, family resorts

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Let's start by saying there are no wrong answers here when it comes to planning your next family vacation. 

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Vacations With 3 Kids - Becoming A Family Of Five

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 20, 2013 12:35:00 PM / by Sally Black posted in Affordable Family Vacations, Family of 5 Vacations, Family Cruises

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One of my favorite activities that I look forward to every day is answering all of the "ASK MOM" questions that appear in my inbox.  This week I came across a very thought provoking question that I'd like to share about family vacations with three kids...

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Is A Family Villa Rental The Right Choice For Your Family Vacation?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 15, 2013 12:33:00 PM / by Sally Black posted in Affordable Family Vacations, Family Destination Weddings, family vacations, Family of 5 Vacations

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 Family villas are available all over the world...Caribbean, U.S., Europe, Central America, South Pacific. Whether it's on the beach, in the city or high atop a ski slope, if you're considering a vacation spot that you'd like to visit with your kids, chances are there will be a villa there waiting for you.

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Large Family Cruises

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 28, 2012 11:48:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Family Cruises, Family of 5 Vacations

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Hotel Rooms That Will Hold Three Kids For Family Of 5 Vacations

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 23, 2012 1:37:00 PM / by Sally Black posted in Family of 5 Vacations

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Finding the right home away from home for family of 5 vacations can be a bit confusing.  Technically we call it family of 5 but if you have 3, 4 or more kids, your family doesn't "fit" into a "normal" hotel room or cruise cabin.

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Finding Vacations When You Have 3 Kids

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 28, 2012 4:00:00 PM / by Sally Black posted in Family of 5 Vacations, family resorts

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Two is company, three is a crowd! This is certainly true when it comes to planning  family of five vacations. Most hotels define a typical family as “two adults sharing one hotel room with two children under the age of twelve”. Hotels then use this definition to structure their prices and create occupancy rules. When you take the time to read the very small print in hotel brochures or on their websites you'll see a line that reads - “BASED ON DOUBLE ADULT OCCUPANCY”. This means the basic hotel room price is based on at least two adult people sharing one hotel room. Hotels also base their maximum occupancy rules on this definition meaning that each hotel room will only be allowed to hold a maximum of two large and two smaller bodies. Remember these two important points...maximum occupancy and pricing because their are very important as I explain later on....

When your third little bundle of joy enters this world, your family suddenly become a family of five. Your family now consists of two adult parents and three children. All is wonderful with the world until you all try to go on vacation together. Now your family of five suddenly doesn't fit the typical hotel's definition of what constitutes a family. When it comes to maximum room occupancy, your family doesn't fit into a standard room any more because now you have one extra kid. It doesn't matter whether you can all sleep in one king bed, bring sleeping bags for the floor or if your youngest can still fit in the dresser drawer. According to most hotel  and pricing rules, you are simply NOT allowed to all stay in one room....Sorry but this just ain't happening.

But wait - it gets worse...

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5 Money Saving Tips For Big Family Vacations

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 23, 2012 11:30:00 AM / by Sally Black posted in Affordable Family Vacations, family vacations, Family of 5 Vacations

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It seems the more kids you have, the more you NEED a vacation. It also seems that the more kids you have, the more difficult and expensive it is to find affordable large family vacations. Why is that?

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Family Vacations - Adjoining Rooms, Connecting Rooms or Family Suites

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 23, 2012 2:43:00 PM / by Sally Black posted in family resorts, family vacations, Family of 5 Vacations

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Parents often request more than one hotel room from us when making their family hotel reservations.  It may be that they have 3 or 4 children and need a family of five or six hotel room.  It could be that they have young children with early bedtimes and they want a separate space so that the kids can sleep undisturbed.  They may have teenager and need an extra bathroom for sanity sake.  Mom and Dad may be looking for some "adult" time and "need to ensure extra privacy for themselves so that their family vacation can also become a romantic escape."

I used this gentle explanation once during a consultation with a hotelier. He wanted my opinions while desinging blue prints for construction of his family friendly resort. I could tell he just wasn't grasping what I was trying to say. Finally I was forced to spell it out for him and I said..."Listen, you need to build more connecting rooms because parents want to have sex while on vacation and do not want to worry about having their kids watch." Brutally honest and perhaps a bit too graphic, but at least my honesty got more family connecting rooms from that hotel chain that are now available to parents in need of a great vacation!

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