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A birthday is a special day that only comes around once a year. So, why not celebrate by taking a trip? If you’re looking for tips on planning the perfect family birthday trip, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for everything you need to know!

How to Plan the Perfect Family Destination

First, pick your destination. This is probably your most crucial decision when planning a birthday trip with family. After all, where you go will determine what kind of activities you can do and what type of climate you’ll be dealing with. There are incredible places to go on your birthday with friends and different places if you want to visit with children.

Florida Keys bridge

I love traveling, but a birthday trip should include a fun destination with engaging activities and delicious eats! The best places to travel for your birthday include:

South Florida

Dreaming of a tropical sandy beach without needing a passport? South Florida has historical attractions, spa experiences, dancing, fantastic seafood, and tropical cocktails. Whether you are thinking about staying in the Florida Keys, Miami, or the Palm Beaches- you can’t go wrong with that incredible sunset.

  • Miami is known for dancing in clubs open all night in South Beach.
  • The Palm Beaches has sandy beaches and impeccable shopping along the A1A.
  • The Florida Keys is well known for their wild parties on Key West, but there is much more to do from a family perspective. Snorkeling, oceanside dining, boat trips, and fishing are available everywhere.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Hilton Head, SC is a barrier island in the Low Country, with one side tucked into a marsh with dolphins and the other side with manmade beaches on the ocean. Hilton Head Island is known for being a resort island with muted tones for all businesses and lush greenery. There are bike trails everywhere, and it’s a very bikeable island.

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Jekyll Island is a natural preserve with an extensive history dating back to a hunting club started by people like the Rockefellers. The island now features historical attractions like Horton House, gorgeous old buildings, a world-renowned beach, and animals and plant life everywhere. There are even budget oceanfront beach resorts.

Los Angeles, California

Hollywood, Disneyland, Universal Studios Hollywood, and Magic Mountain all have incredible family appeal for a birthday trip. Many places will offer special free treats for your birthday trip, like a button at Disneyland or Universal Hollywood.

Niagara Falls

I know some people aren’t into touristy destinations, and that’s fine. However, if you’re after a family birthday trip that won’t break the bank- Niagara Falls, New York (even for a winter trip) is a great option. The area offers dining, attractions, beautiful walking paths, and of course- the iconic falls.

old niagara Falls heart wall

If you don’t have any specific places in mind, spend some time browsing travel websites or magazines for inspiration. Then, once you’ve got a few ideas, start narrowing down your options by considering costs, weather, and whether any significant events are happening during the time you’re considering.

The Logistics of the Perfect Family Birthday Trip

Once you’ve decided on a destination, it’s time to start thinking about logistics. Book your flights and accommodations well in advance to get the best deals and avoid any last-minute stressful situations. If you’re traveling internationally, don’t forget to take care of things like visas and vaccinations. And make sure to let your bank know that you’ll be gone, so your card doesn’t get declined when you try to use it abroad. You can also read more travel tips from Starpoint Resorts reviews to ensure you are fully prepared.

Make A List Of People You Want To Take With You

The first step to planning the perfect family birthday trip is to list the people you want to take with you. This will help you narrow your options and find a destination everyone can agree on. Some want to travel with their immediate family, while others want to include their extended family members. If you have a large group, it may be best to split up into smaller groups, each picking a different activity or attraction.

Length of your Birthday Trip

Choose how long you want to vacation. Some prefer a quick weekend trip for their birthday, while others want to extend their trip. Select the number of days you want to stay so you can start planning your hotel and travel dates.

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Ideas To Cut Down On Your Budget

Once you have a list of people, the next step is to decide on a budget. This will help you determine how many people you can afford to take with you and what activities you can do. If you are on a tight budget, there are still plenty of things to do that won’t break the bank. Here are a few ideas:

  • Have a picnic in the park instead of going out to eat.
  • Consider using hotel or credit card reward points to stay for free.
  • Stay in a hotel or Airbnb that is close to your activities.
  • Go for a walk or ride your bike instead of renting a car or public transportation.
  • Find free or discounted tickets to attractions ahead of time. (Groupon is great for this!)
  • Bring your food and drinks instead of buying them while you are out. If you flew to your destination, consider ordering a grocery delivery from Amazon or a delivery service.

Don’t Forget To Have Fun

One of the best ways to ensure that you have a great time on your family’s birthday trip is to make sure that you don’t forget to have fun. It’s easy to get caught up in the planning and preparation for a trip and forget to enjoy yourself once you’re there.

Planning allows you to save money on your trip without sacrificing fun. So, don’t let a tight budget stop you from taking the perfect family birthday trip. Whether you are looking for places to go for a birthday weekend or an extravagant, unforgettable family birthday trip, just get creative and see what family birthday trip ideas you can come up with.

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