Planning a Summer Vacation with Your Family

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By Jessica D Festa

Planning a summer vacation? Should you do a road trip down to Disney? A Caribbean cruise? A flight to Europe to explore historic castles and medieval cities? It’s not easy to choose, but these summer vacation ideas for families should help:

Cruise

If you want to make planning a summer vacation hassle-free, a cruise is a great option. There are so many summer vacation destinations! Just check out Carnival‘s offerings: the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, Hawaii, Australia, New England, Mexico, Europe, Alaska, and more. Once you choose your ship and book your flights, the rest is pretty much taken care of.

Picture it: gliding up the gangway (and stopping quickly for a family photo op) before retreating to your room to relax on the balcony. After setting sail, every hour is a new adventure, with tons of new activities each day. Play a round of bingo, dance with the Cat in the Hat, make your own Build-A-Bear, see an IMAX movie, and take part in some pool games before cycling in the air on the SkyRide (yes, rides on a ship are a thing!). Before hitting a show in the evening, enjoy water views while savoring some fresh catch and barbeque from Guy Fieri (and maybe even a glass of wine).

Best of all, you’ll receive a list of shore excursions to book before your cruise, so you’ll have plenty to do once you board.

Head back home tanned and actually relaxed.

Road Trip

The laid-back nature of a road trip makes it one of the top summer vacation ideas for families. You’ll find many scenic drives in the US: Route 66, the Atlantic Coast, Blue Ridge Parkway . . . the list goes on.

Step one when you’re planning your ultimate road trip is choosing your vehicle. Even if you own a car, it’s always fun to change things up: travel is about experiencing new things, after all. Head over to Avis or Budget to peruse the selection.

Just imagine cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in your Mercedes-Benz with the windows down and the sun streaming in. The feeling in the car is pure excitement, and you’re surrounded by beautiful California scenery. On a road trip, you can experience numerous cities in one journey: View the seals in San Diego’s Children’s Pool, photograph San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Park, tour the lavish Hearst Castle—even spend the night on a boat at the floating Queen Mary Hotel.

Fly

Planning a summer vacation gets a whole lot easier when you get on a plane. The world is truly your oyster when you opt to fly. You can choose practically any destination on the planet to spend your trip and base your itinerary on your family’s interests.

JetBlue is an airline that caters to families, with special pre-boarding, kid-friendly movies and entertainment, and free snacks and juices for everyone. Plus, they fly to many family-focused destinations around North and South America.

Aruba is a top summer vacation choice for families. Stay at the Divi Aruba All-Inclusive Vacation Resort to take advantage of their top-tier kid’s club and beautiful beachfront location. On the island, attractions like the National Archaeological Museum Aruba, Aruba Surf & Paddle School, and Bubali Bird Sanctuary are fun for everyone.

Don’t forget to check out JetBlue’s deals page to see what current promotions they have going on. You may even discover a new destination you’d never considered!

You could be sipping piña coladas on the sun deck right now! Check out Carnival's cruising options.

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