Tips to make spring break great again

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Spring Break is here. For many, they the opportunity to escape seems more like an opportunity for frustration than an opportunity for fun.

“The spring break travel window is very fixed for travelers, with school and work schedules putting strain on what time and distance families can actually travel,” Beth Godlin, president of Aon Affinity Travel Practice, said in a news release. “That’s all the more reason to take a hard look at protecting and maximizing every precious moment while traveling.”

Godlin and the travel team at Aon Affinity offered the following pointers in advance of the next adventure:

  • Make sure everyone has something to look forward to: Before you go, discuss what everyone wants to do most during the trip so that you can plan your time and activities accordingly
  • Pack lightly: Focus on the essentials, and assess what you can live without or wait to get later (check out this sample family packing list to get started)
  • Protect your home: Ask a neighbor to check in on your home while you’re away, and be careful about what you post on social media
  • Protect yourselves: Consider travel protection and insurance offerings to help cover things such as trip cancellation/interruption, medical expenses and loss of goods
  • Have fun, but hover around a routine: Don’t let your vacation routine stray too far from your home patterns, and try to stick to the same schedule and approach to meals and sleep within reason
  • Preserve your time: Plan activities as well as your down time to coordinate experiences in ways that can make your trip feel as roomy as possible.
  • Make the memories last: Collect mementos your family can turn into something unique while also being cost-effective
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