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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Vacation Logistics

Planning a Family Vacation- Part 2

The plans for our parents' 50th anniversary/multi-family vacation last year had stalled. So, my siblings and I quickly put together a dinner party last November to honor their day. Now I had one New Year's resolution for 2014: celebrate lying on a white-sand beach in Destin, FL.

Six family schedules flew back and forth over cell phones, emails, three states, and coffee. Vacation Rentals By Owner ( temporarily replaced Pinterest as my favorite cyber-travel pastime. Rental options were scarce in the spring. Kids' sports and camps eliminated a summer trip. Then back to school. Vacation days were dwindling. Had to be a holiday weekend. Labor Day, it was!

We needed nine beds, a large kitchen and dining table, one handicap-accessible bathroom, parking for five cars, and a beach within sight. We wanted an elevator, a golf cart, a discounted rate, and sound-proof walls.

Finally, we found a perfect two-house rental on Crystal Beach for a week. We sacrificed the elevator and are still working on a golf cart. But no amount of insulation could muffle 10 kids and two snorers. The discounted rate? We could have saved $1000 by booking a year in advance. Sorry, Mom and Dad!

- Sanna Rogers, parent writer, Today's Family

Click here to read Part 1 of Planning a Family Vacation.


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