Practical tips for Planning a Spring Family Vacation

When it comes to taking trips, you need to plan ahead of time to make sure you take care of everything before you head to the airport. Begin by gathering as much information about your desired travel destination as you can. You want to check out things such as what the weather, customs, and culture is like and what you can expect to see. You should also know a few basics of the native language such as yes, no, help, thank you, and a few other important key words.

If you have access to the internet to perform these searches you will have a much easier time, but you still can gather details and information from other sources such as traveling agencies. When you are planning to travel you need to find out the destination area’s required documentation which generally includes passports, tourists’ cards, and visas. In some areas if there is only one parent traveling with their child then you must have a notarized letter from the parent that isn’t present that states that you have their consent to travel.

You should take some cash with you but not too much in case something happens. You should have a few forms such as credit cards, ATM cards, as well as travelers’ checks. Many countries have ATM machines available which makes it easy for you to grab cash as you need it. A word to the wise, stay away from currency exchange at hotels because they usually have the highest exchange rates.

Many people forget until they begin packing their bags to make sure they have enough travel luggage for their entire family. If you are one of those families that travel often, then you shouldn’t hesitate when it comes to purchasing reliable, quality luggage, such as Samsonite.

Samsonite is known around the world as being one the leaders in travel luggage. It is extremely durable and won’t wear after going through the airline’s beating, as well as our own dragging though the airport. For children you are able to find child size travel luggage that is a nice load off of your shoulders and makes them feel like they are a grown up.

If you have children you should bring a separate carry on bag for each child that includes a change of clothes, books, coloring supplies, small soundless toys, headphones, batteries, snacks, and a water bottle. These small items will come in handy when you are stuck on a plane or in an airport where everything is triple priced.

Spring Break on South Padre Island Texas

South Padre Island is a great place to vacation over Spring Break, especially for College students. Besides offering the usual spring break vacation fare of sand, sun, and fun (of course that’s a reference to wild late night partying, beer, wet tshirt contests and the hook up), South Padre Island offers a number of other activities to occupy your time and entertain you during your spring break vacation.

Fishing – South Padre Island has gained a world wide reputation among fishermen. Half day and full day fishing trips in the Laguna Madre Bay and the Gulf of Mexico run for less than $20 to $1000 or more depending on your skills, the distance you want to travel (how far offshore) and your lifestyle demands. Since you are fishing a gulf and not your area lake, the list of the type of fish you can catch is long but a few would be: whiting, drum, flounder, trout, redfish, kingfish, wahoo, tuna, marlin and sailfish.

Windsurfing – Spring Break is obviously during spring time which for windsurfers plying their trade at South Padre Island is the best time with spring’s windy days. Known as one of the top windsurfing destinations in the world, South Padre Island offers some of the fastest windsurfing speeds in North America at places like, the bay, the Jetties, Bocas Chica, and the Ditch.

Kiteboarding – College spring breakers have never shied away from a challenge and kiteboarding is just that. One of the fasting growing and certainly hottest sports going, kiteboarding is challenging and adrenaline pumping and South Padre Island with consistent winds that offer beginner to experts near perfect flat-water conditions, is a great place to hone your kiteboarding skills.

Matamoros, Mexico – What’s a vacation without souvenirs? Bargain shop across the border at American friendly, Matamoros, Mexico. You will find silver, leather goods, handicrafts and much more while strolling through this old Mexican town and it’s busy markets. Dine on authentic Mexican food, enjoy museums and the culture of Mexico, just thirty minutes from South Padre Island.

While this is not a complete list of things to do during your spring break vacation on South Padre Island, hopefully it got you thinking of making your trip a bit more adventurous and thus your memories of spring break at South Padre Island that much more special.

Mark Stone writes various articles for websites including