When you start looking around at all the available vacation discount packages do not forget to consider taking a cruise. Cruises are a great value especially in this poor economy. A cruise ship is like a floating hotel. A cruise vacation package includes all your meals and non-alcoholic drinks, on board activities, some shore excursions, and port charges. You can usually ask them to bundle in your airfare if you have to fly to the port as well as your airport transfers to the cruise port.
Cruises are a great way to see multiple destinations. Most cruise ships stop at a few different islands and some even have their own private island. Kids love to explore the cruise ship and parents do not have to worry since they cannot leave the ship. They can swim in the pool, play shuffleboard, or watch a movie in the ships theatre room.
If cruises are not your thing then look through the other available vacation discount packages to see what interests you and your family. Remember that if you can travel at off peak times you can usually get a better deal on your trip. Sometimes you have to travel during peak times. For example, a trip to Bermuda is best when you can enjoy the beautiful warm sandy beaches. If you go at an off peak time it might not be as warm as you want it to be.
Talk about your upcoming vacation with your family. Get their input on where they would like to go and what they would like to do while on the trip. Sometimes you can find a vacation discount package that will make everyone happy. If you love to play golf and your spouse loves spa treatments then you are in luck. Many of the larger golf and tennis resorts also have extensive spas. The larger resorts also have multiple restaurants and lounges so you are not stuck eating in the same place night after night.
Vacation discount packages are also available to Europe, South America and even the South Pacific. Imagine taking a relaxing vacation to Fiji or a pub tour of Ireland. Once you know what your family is looking for you can narrow down the choices. Someone might have to compromise but as long as you promise to do something different for the next vacation it should be fine. It is hard to make everyone happy all the time.
When looking for the best deal try to find a vacation discount package that is all inclusive. The more your vacation package can include the better it will be on your budget. Knowing what everything will cost ahead of time can also help you budget and save up for your family vacation. If you are going on a ski trip then try to get the tour operator to include the lift tickets and your ski equipment rentals. Same applies if you are taking a golf trip. Ask the resort or tour operator to include the golf tee times and golf club rentals. The more you get them to include the better off you will be.