The first day of summer is a week away, which also means the kids are on summer break. For many families, summer is the perfect time to plan a family vacation. The kids are out of school, they don’t have to worry about homework, and you can finally use a few of those vacation days you have accumulated from work. Summer is also cheer camp season, when your cheerleaders spends some time bonding with their team and learning new cheer routines.  


Here are some tips on how to incorporate family vacation around cheer camp:


What day is it?


Get a calendar and write out all the dates that you need to remember.  Write out when cheer camp starts and ends, the last day of school, the first day of school, and any other important dates you may need. Before booking flights and hotel rooms be sure to know exactly when you have time to go. You do not want to get stuck with a nonrefundable ticket and have to make a choice between cheer camp and vacation. Get you the dates and plan accordingly. 

A little tip, especially if you have a teenager don’t go on vacation they day after they return from cheer camp.  Give them a few days to get some rest, you don’t need a cranky teenager on a family vacation. You will thank me later!





Go to them.


Maybe time is not on your side and your child's cheer camp is out of state. You can plan a vacation in the same place as cheer camp! Plus, that's one less plane ticket you have to buy! Do some research and see what fun things are available in the area. You might be pleasantly surprised and find some hidden gems in a place you would least expect it. Plus, with that money you saved, can get yourself a much needed massage. After all you deserve it, you did coordinate an entire vacation!



Staycation!


Can't find a week or two to fit in a big family vacation? Don't worry, have a staycation! Family vacations are not about the amount of time you spend together but the quality of the time you spend together. Spend a weekend out camping, rent a cabin, or just stay at a hotel downtown. Go someplace you always wanted to go that was always too out of the way. Maybe a weekend trip to a lake or the river, family vacations do not have to be super complicated and extravagant. Family vacations are all about spending time together as a family, you don’t need to go to Disney World every year to make that happen.



Sorry, Kids.


This might be an unpopular opinion, but sometimes your schedule is just too crazy and you can't find one week that everyone has the same time off. We don’t want our kids just sitting at home watching TV all summer, so you might have overbooked their summer activities. So, your only two options are you can either not go on vacation at all, or take advantage of the situation and go without the kids. Hey, the entire summer your kids get to hang out and have fun at summer camp and you have to go to work every day. Don’t feel too bad about taking a few days off without them.



Summer is about enjoying some fun in the sun with your family, but working around multiple busy schedules can make coordinating a vacation difficult. By getting organized and looking at your option in advance you will not only save money but safe yourself some stress. Also remember you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have an amazing family vacation. It really is all about spending some quality time with your family and getting away from the business of our lives for a little bit. 


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