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Try these fresh ideas to countdown to your next family vacation


So, you’ve got the date set, the tickets are bought and all the work plans are in place. In a couple months, you and the family are heading out on an awesome vacation! Unfortunately, the kids know it too, and are pestering you every day, constantly asking how much longer it will be until they get to leave. Why not do something productive and fun the entire family can participate in? This week, we’re going to give you a few ideas on making a vacation countdown, which helps with not only counting down the days, but also saving and planning for your trip. Read on!

1. Calendars:

Making a countdown calendar is pretty simple, and there are all kinds of options. You could buy a Hawaii calendar, for example, and have the family jot down fun things to do every day until your trip. If the kids are into coloring and drawing, have them draw pictures of things they’ll be seeing at your destination each day. You could also do an “advent calendar” type things, where you peel off a portion to see a fact and/or picture about your trip. Click here to find a bunch of great ideas.

2. Countdown Chain:

A countdown chain is exactly what it sounds like. You can use construction paper or cardstock, and make individual pieces for every day until your vacation. Have the kids decorate each piece with stickers or drawings. There’s something very satisfying about seeing that chain get shorter and shorter! Here’s a cool idea for a beach vacation countdown chain.

3. Savings Plan:

Of course, it’s always a good idea to teach kids about saving their money. If they know they’re going to be using it on an awesome trip, they’ll tend to be more motivated. You could do something simple like piggy banks for each member of the family, and chart everyone’s saving progress as you go along, or even set up individual bank accounts and have a competition to see who can save the most. Maybe the kid who saves the most gets an extra prize. This is especially good if you can get extended family involved as well.

4. Countdown Gifts:

At significant intervals (50 days out, 25, etc.), you could give or send a useful little gift to those going on vacation. This could be something as simple as pictures of your destination, or something they’ll use, like sunglasses for the beach. You don’t have to break the bank on this, but it will get kids (and adults!) excited for your upcoming trip.

Click here to find some more ideas to spark the imagination. It’s hard to believe we’re almost to spring already, and therefore the time to start planning that fantastic summer trip! Give us a call at (800) 231-0425, and we’ll be happy to help with all your vacation needs. Happy exploring!

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