Domestic family vacations can be tricky to plan, and international vacations with the entire family can be a challenge for even the most organized individual. Since traveling abroad with children hold a number of positive experiences, the trend has the ability to grow by leaps and bounds. Finding out as much information as possible about a destination before making a decision on where to go is the key to a rewarding vacation experience.
Luckily, online travel guides have all the answers potential travelers want and more.
One of the biggest decisions any family can make in booking a vacation is deciding where to stay. Online travel guides can be fountains of information regarding amenities, price, and location. For example, Hipmunk’s guide to staying in London reveals a number of hotel options eager to satisfy the needs of any family. The online guides present a side by side comparison of the different options, which allows families to make informed decisions. The delicate balance of price and location can be evaluated right along with other important benefits of each hotel in the destination city, and best of all, the entire process can be performed on a single website.
While the famous landmarks of an international destination get a fair bit of tourist traffic, many locations can be somewhat overshadowed. Online travel guides can reveal those locations, operating hours, costs, and much more. Plus, families can map out potential itineraries and make every hour count. Time is indeed a precious commodity, but time in another country can be even more important simply because of the rarity of the event. Using a guide to do a little research on a location or find someplace special can be a special reward for the entire family.
Understanding the public transportation systems of foreign cities can be a challenge worthy of years of research. Many online travel guides provide links and maps for buses, trains, and more to help smooth out the planning process. Learning how to get around a different city before actually arriving can also be a big help in the time optimization process as well.
Families face some difficult decision when traveling internationally and one that regularly stands out is dining. Kids of all ages, and many adults, can be picky eaters. Being able to evaluate the menu of a restaurant beforehand and getting an idea of the prices can help everyone out. There is even the chance that someone in the family will uncover an interesting restaurant choice while exploring the online guide, which can help get everyone a little more excited for the trip. A great meal can be one of the most talked about experiences from the vacation.
In the end the difference between simply visiting a city and experiencing a city helped along by online travel guides. Researching a destination thoroughly before making a commitment is often the key to a great vacation. When a family travels there are many important items to consider, but knowing where to stay, how to get around, where to eat, and what to do are often the result of talking through details and putting some sort of schedule together. Online guides make the entire process just a little bit easier and let everyone have a great trip.
What do you like most about using online travel guides when planning your vacations?
This article was contributed by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, a complete travel platform that allows you to do everything from comparing charter flights and train rides, to finding the best resort hotels and Airbnb rentals.
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