1. Find out what your family is looking for in a vacation. Does everybody want to relax on a beach, hike a mountain, visit a national park, play at a waterpark, go shopping or visit museums and cultural sites.
2. Establish how far you want to travel and the means of transportation. Will you be traveling by plane, car, train or by boat?
4. Find out about hotels and resort choices in the area. Make sure that they offer the particular facilities that your family is looking for, such as a swimming pool, kid's programs or a spa. This is also a good time to find out about the hotel's reservation and cancellation policy.
5. Plan your vacation budget, adding up transportation, accommodation, dining and entertainment expenses.
6. Make all the necessary reservations, such as hotel rooms, airline and car rental reservations.
8. It may be a good idea to purchase travel insurance in case you need to cancel your trip, especially when traveling with young children.
9. Make a shopping list of all the items that you have to purchase before you go. Making that perfect last-minute swimsuit purchase can be a nerve-racking experience.
10. Finally, one of the most important things to remember when planning your family vacation is that vacations are supposed to be fun. Focus on spending time with your family and not on over-planning the daily family vacation activities.