"The whole idea of traveling with family is to create memories," says AAA Travel Counselor Janice Yip-Hudson.
Getting a jump on planning helps ensure that everyone sits together on a flight or has adjoining rooms in a hotel, especially if you have a big group. "It's simple inventory," says Yip-Hudson. "The earlier you book, the better your options.
Most schools let out at the same time, so traveling just before or after the closure dates can be key. "Missing one school day might save thousands of dollars," Yip-Hudson says.
Consider a cruise.
Aboard a ship, you'll find myriad organized activities to enjoy together—and child care and teen clubs for time apart.