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Fall is a great time for parents or grandparents to travel with their children or grandchildren — especially homeschoolers and preschoolers who have some flexibility with their school schedules. Traveling in the fall often means less crowds, milder weather and better deals. However, there are some important aspects to pay attention to when booking a family on a fall getaway. Here are some tips to avoid the pitfalls.
1. When to book: Fall value vacations aren’t always last-minute purchases. Sometimes, the best deals can be booked during the early summer months. Planning well ahead of time will also make it easier on school-age children who can get class assignments ahead of time and strategize on how to handle absences.
2. Open for business: Make sure that all the resort features for families are open and, if they are not, check with the family to see if that matters to them. Many family all-inclusive resorts have programs year-round. However, some resorts may only open certain facilities during peak seasons or when there are enough children on the property.
3. Watch out for weather: Some destinations, such as Europe, are ideal during the fall months. They are less crowded, and countries such as Italy, have much cooler weather. But, in the Caribbean, for example, it’s hurricane season. Make sure that, if you book a resort, they have an adverse weather policy that allows clients to refund or rebook their trip.
4. Check the dates: While it may be cheaper to travel to many destinations in the fall because it is the off-season, holidays may drive up prices — including holidays in other countries. Ask clients if their dates are flexible in case you need to reschedule around a Bank Holiday in the U.K. or Thanksgiving in Canada.
“It is easier to take kids out of private school than public school because public schools generally only have so many days kids can be gone before they are considered truant.”— Shonda Gibson
“Some of my clients take kids out of school, and we do too, but only if it is for a long weekend and not too often. ”— Sandra Cespedes Sparks
Where would you send clients for a fall family vacation?