DIY & Crafts Travel

Getting The Most Out of Your Vacation

How do you get more out of your vacation stay? After the planning, preparing and, most of all, paying for a vacation, I want to be able to take full advantage! We are more of the staycation type, so shorter, more frequent weekend trips are just the ticket

Before a vacation, my family plans ahead. I totally believe that it’s all about the plan, save yourself some time and sanity knowing that everything is good to go! We think about what we’ll pack about a week in advance, do laundry and a little pre-packing so that we’re ready to go without issue. Packing snacks, coordinating transportation (gas in the car, print boarding passes, etc) and even household duties are taken care of at this time as well. We also check out our destination spot online, check out maps, directions and see what places we want to visit and what type activities we might want to do while we’re there.

During a vacation, my family tends to try to stick to the schedule. There is always a battle of who wants to do what, so we don’t really run into issues if we map it all out. Also, if we’re at a hotel or resort, we take a go-round of the property and I check with the concierge or front desk to see what kind of cool stuff they have to offer their guests. When I went on a St Lucia vacation, the hotel we stayed at had an entire board of fun daily activities, including water aerobics, happy hour, beach massages, and more. They also provided free transportation to Carnival. On the last day of a trip, we leave it wide open so we can decide to lay around all day, check out some sights, or do something we saw that we just couldn’t pass up!

When we return, we try to pad an additional day off of reality so we can catch up on jet lag, go through photos and talk about all of the fun things we did as a family. Health and happiness expert Dr. Susan Biali and Embassy Suites have partnered up to give a few great tips on how to “more-imize” your vacation before you leave and once you return:

  • Looking forward to a vacation improves your mood and makes it easier to get through work. It’s called vacation anticipation!
  • Use vacation days wisely: if you take short vacations, relax and use the days for something you enjoy doing. If you take long vacations, use an extra day to transition back to reality to catch up.
  • Travel the night before to your destination, you’ll save an entire day to maximize your time away!
  • Turn your family obligation into a vacation opportunity. Whether you are visiting relatives or traveling for work, you can pair it with family for a mini getaway.
  • Stay at a family and budget friendly hotel, like Embassy Suites, which gives you more with every stay. They feature spacious two room suites, cooked-to-order breakfast and an evening reception with complimentary snacks, perfect for everyone!

For a fun staycation this summer, my family will be staying at the Embassy Suites Downtown San Diego location. This property was recently included in Parents Magazines top 10 list of best family hotel chains for 2012! In a recent survey, they found that busy families are “dabblers”, taking less time for vacationing, little by little throughout the year. We’re super excited, we have a couple of weeks to go and we’re looking for a little relaxation, comfort and fun! Visit the Embassy Suites website, their Facebook page, or tweet with them on Twitter!


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Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in an Ambassador Program by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Embassy Suites Hotels and received a one-night complimentary stay at an Embassy Suites Hotel to facilitate my reviews and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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