Summer Sun vs. Winter Sports – Which is the Best Vacation?

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Booking a family vacation is always a difficult decision. Every member of the family probably has their own ideas on what to do and where to go. You may fancy a week in the sun doing nothing more taxing than reading a book, whereas your kids might like the idea of an active vacation. So how do you make the right decision?

A Summer Sunshine Vacation

Summer vacations typically involve a beach or lakeside location, plenty of sunshine (unless you are very unlucky), and lots of rest and relaxation. For families with young kids, this is a good choice. Mom and dad can relax by the pool or on the beach while the little ones play. If you have a stressful job or life has been tough lately, this type of vacation may suit you perfectly, but if you can’t stand the idea of lazing around for a week, a blue sky vacation will probably bore you silly.

A Winter Sports Vacation

Winter sports vacations are more of an active holiday. You are not obliged to hit the slopes if you head to, but it would be crazy not to take advantage of the amazing sporting opportunities. For families who love to get physical and work up a sweat before dinner, a winter sports vacation is a top choice. You can rent a chalet, condo, or lodge, and ski, snowboard, or toboggan to your heart’s content for a week. And in the evening, when the sun sets over the mountains, it is time to check out the après ski entertainment.

A Couple’s Vacation

If it is just the two of you planning a vacation, either of the two options above will work. However, consider your personal tastes and be willing to compromise to ensure both parties are happy with the arrangement.

Just because you are a sporty type, it doesn’t mean your partner is. Winter sports vacations are great fun if you enjoy testing your skills, but it isn’t much fun for the partner who hates skiing or who is unable to ski for health reasons. If this applies to you, you can still take a winter vacation, but it might be wise to dial it down a little or head to warmer climes.

The same applies to a sunshine vacation. An active partner will be bored lying on a beach all day long, so look for a destination with plenty of cultural attractions or water sports opportunities.

Look After the Kids

Kids should come first. If the kids are not having a great time, nobody else is either. Ask your kids what their idea of a perfect vacation is and plan something that they will enjoy too. Older kids are more independent, so choose a destination with plenty of activities and nightlife.

Vacations are supposed to be fun, but if you make a bad choice, it could ruin your week away, so consult everyone first. Lastly, don’t forget to research the destination and read reviews before you book a dream vacation.

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