Guest Author - Claudine Williams
School starts for most American students in August, and for many people vacation time has ended. What should you do after your summer vacation? Prepare for your next vacation. Holidays and vacation periods have a way of sneaking up on you, if you do not plan early. Before you know it, the kids will be out of school for whatever reason, and you'll wish that you had planned for family getaway. Kids are usually excited about school when it first starts, even though they may not admit it. As time passes, the stress sets in. By the time the first school break rolls around, your children will be ready for a vacation. You will probably be ready for a break, too.
Plan ahead for the next break. Get a copy of your children's school calendar. Most school systems post a copy of the school calendar online on the school's site or the school district's site. Some systems give students a week off for Thanksgiving. Other systems give students a day or two. Most systems give students about two weeks off for a winter holiday. Your kids may also have scheduled days off for teacher's workdays or semester breaks. Request the days off from work now. These school breaks are great for scheduling trips to some of the busier more crowded amusement parks or family attractions. You don't have to go to a busy amusement park. You can plan a quiet trip to a state park, and rent a nearby cabin for your family. Think about the big holidays, too. If you want to picnic at a local park, you should rent your pavilion now.
Planning ahead for breaks can improve your chances of having your choice of accommodations and attraction tickets. When you plan ahead, you can also set aside money for the trip. You know what happens when you don't plan. A week or sometimes a few days before the break, you are wishing that you took the time off from work. You find yourself on the phone trying to make hotel reservations or get attraction tickets. You are hoping that you are not too late, and at that point, you are willing to take just about whatever you can get.
You may have wanted to visit relatives, but you do not want bombard them with a visit with only a few days' notice. You feel rushed and ill-prepared. Don't let that happen to you. Access the various school calendars, and plan your trips early. See if you can get the time off from work, before everyone in your office requests the same days. Make your reservations now, and start putting aside money for your trips. You will be so happy that you planned ahead.