Travel planning: When and why to partner with a family vacation planner

Here at Pit Stops for Kids, we’re of a DIY mentality. If you’re a regular reader here, you probably are, too. We encourage you to travel by offering as much useful, free information as we can, so you can make informed decisions before booking your family vacations.

But…and this is a big but! We have used a family vacation planner for some very specific trips, and think you should, too. Bringing in a very specific expert can, sometimes, mean the difference between a good and a great family trip. Wondering when and why to partner with a family vacation planner? Read on!

When and why a family vacation planner may be a smart idea:

  1. When you’re planning that bucket list-worthy vacation and you want it to be epic. You know the type of trip I’m talking about: that dream African safari or that once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Patagonia. Maybe you want to check out the Galapagos Islands or perhaps you want to spend a full month in Europe. You’ve heard me suggest travel insurance for this type of expensive, dream trip. I also suggest a family vacation planner for essentially the same reason: it’s just too important a trip to mess around!
  2. When you need a destination vetted: A good family vacation planning service has been on the ground at destinations that can be tricky to figure out on your own. An example that comes to mind: Iceland is a country that’s easy to travel in but hard to picture before you get there. While it’s easy enough to explore Iceland by camper van, it’s more complicated to find the right-for-you hotel rooms should you want to travel in more comfort. I recently referred a traveler to a trusted family vacation planner to book Iceland hotel rooms, since I know this planner has stayed in nearly all of the best ones!
  3. When you simply don’t have time to plan: We’re all busy people. Maybe you simply don’t have time to plan that family vacation that deserves careful preparation. Maybe you simply don’t enjoy the planning phase of a trip. It’s a common misconception that only novice travelers use family travel planners. I know (and have referred) very savvy travelers to planning services. It’s okay to come to the planner with lots of ideas and recommendations…they can work with you whether you need a lot of help, just a little help, or something in-between. Planners are well-used to helping people who are used to doing it all themselves.
  4. If you’re looking for value (but not a quick deal): Value seekers will do well with family vacation planners. Deal seekers, not so much. If you’re truly looking for the cheapest Caribbean spring break package or the lowest cost flight to London, DIY is best. But if you are willing to pay for value, which, to me, means trusted advice and the peace of mind of knowing that what you’ve paid for will provide your family with the best experience, a planner is the right move.

How to work with a family vacation planner:

Email us! If you have a family vacation question, we encourage you to reach out via email or Facebook page. Often, all you need is a little encouragement–you got this!–or a quick bit of advice. But we can also let you know when we think a family vacation planner will best serve your needs, and, with your permission, can refer you to our favorites. A family vacation planner starts by getting to know you and your travel needs in an informational phone call, and services can be set up from there. Give it a try!

Have you worked with a family vacation planner? What was your experience?

About the author

Amy Whitley AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly as a family travel expert at Go Green Travel Green and Practical Travel Gear, and contributes to Outdoors NW as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.



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