How to Choose the Best Family Summer Vacation

My kids know exactly how many school days are left in this year, and give me that magic number every morning. Before we know it summer break will begin – and summer adventures will commence!

I’ve already made all of our summer plans, but have decided to keep it all a secret from the kids until that last day of school. For now, they can count down to the exciting unknown, and then learn what will fill our time for the break. I’m not sure which I’m more excited for – that last day of school or the plans that I have been keeping under lock and key.

What are your summer plans this year? Do you have it all scheduled, or are you still deciding what to do?

Thing is, there are so many getaways near and far to choose from. With so many options, it can really be a challenge to narrow it down!

how to choose the best family summer vacation

How to Choose the Best Family Summer Vacation:

If your family loves to lounge in the sun…

Beach vacations provide relaxation and all the swimming and sandcastles your water babies can handle. Try a beachside hotel in the Caribbean or find a reasonably priced home share in sunny Florida. Not ready for the hassle of border crossing? You might be surprised to learn that Canada is full of outstanding beaches – perfect for weekend trips.

If your family loves shopping, culture and cuisine…

Plan a trip to a big city where you and your family can hit the shops all day and dine on amazing cuisine by night. Cities are also full of museums and other cultural activities. You don’t have to go far to feel like you’re on vacation – check out Quebec City or Boston. If you happen to live in a big city already, try acting like tourists for the day!

If your family wants maximum vacation with minimum stress…

A cruise or resort vacation means everyone is taken care of with pre-planned activities and dining options built-in. Often there is even a child-care option for younger kids, which means their days are packed with fun activities, while you get some well-deserved couple time.

If your family loves the great outdoors…

There are so many options for families who love the feeling of roughing it. If your kids are TV lovers or social media fanatics, camping is a great way to mandate some quality family time. Not ready to be completely off the grid? Renting a cottage makes you feel like you’re out in the bush without sacrificing hot showers and a working stove.

If your family loves spontaneous trips with lots of freedom…

Road trips let you change the itinerary at the drop of a hat. Feel like hitting a waterpark on the way to your next stop? Why not?! Just make sure to plan plenty of stops to avoid the dreaded “are we there yet?” from the backseat.


No matter the vacation, it’s always good to be fully prepared. Could you use some cash to make your summer plans a success?

Get Set for Summer and WIN!

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Bayer® wants you to #GetSetForSummer with a special summer promotion, giving Canadian families the chance to win 1 of 3 top prizes of $10,000.

All you have to do is buy* two or more Bayer® products already on your summer shopping list, snap a picture of your receipt and text or email the picture to For more information and a savings coupon, head to *No purchase entry option also available. See contest rules for details.

This contest is another great reason to bring along your favourite Bayer® products to keep you going through whatever the summer throws your way.

Here are some product suggestions as you plan your summer adventures, which will also help you enter the contest:

  1. ALEVE® for up to 12-hour pain relief
  2. Allergy Medicine- AERIUS® and Claritin® for allergy symptom relief of up to 24 hours
  3. Coppertone® sunscreen to help keep your skin protected from sunburn
  4. Scholl’s® so you can stay on your feet longer
  5. Midol® to provide relief of cramps and muscle aches that come with your menstrual cycle
  6. Daily Vitamins- One A Day®, and FLINSTONES™ to help make sure you get all the nutrients you need

*To be sure these products are suitable for you, always read and follow the label.


Disclosure: This is a compensated post, yet as always, all opinions are my own.




  1. Claritin is a godsend — I’ll definitely be purchasing that this summer!

  2. Thank you for the tips! We love Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. We are going to go to Stettler on the train Expedition. I can’t wait I have never on a train before. We like to do lots of day trip. Then there the Ponoka Stampede too.

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