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I have so many good memories of vacationing with my family when I was younger, and I have a true desire for our family to have moments like these. However, I am now the mom- not the little girl just along for the ride… so it’s up to me to make our vacations just as special as mine were back then.  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ocala/Marion County VCB for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Here are 3 tips to make your family vacation even better: 

1) Don’t expect too much- Our expectations can be a major hindrance to a successful vacation. So often we have an image in our mind of the perfect family vacation and then when it does not happen, we crumble into a pile of exhaustion and frustration. I am trying to enter family vacations anticipating the tantrums, the items we will forget, the potty breaks, etc. Instead of expecting perfection, I am expecting and embracing the imperfection.  For our Florida Travel I want to make it the best that I can.
A natural swimming area with a dock and grass around it with trees in the background.

2) Make Plans! By nature, I am a planner and I have seen time after time that it does pay off to plan ahead. Planning does not have to be complicated.  Get online and check out Ocala/Marion County Activities.  If you head to Ocala/Marion County, it’s only a hop, skip and a jump away from Central Florida… it’s the perfect location for a spur of the moment overnight stay or weekend getaway. Change up your usual go-to Florida getaway and experience all the play, Ocala/Marion County Lodging and outdoor beauty Ocala/Marion County has to offer.

Trees next to a body of water with  a walking bridge across the water.

 With a little bit of planning, you will be able to bypass some of the vacation hiccups that happen. For example, in Ocala/Marion County, Fl, you can plan for trail rides on horseback, great dining, shopping, golf, and countless outdoor activities. Since Ocala/Marion County offers such a range of diverse activities every family member will find an activity that fits their interests.
A view of a golf course.

3) Stick to routines- Vacations are already going to be game changers for your family because you are sleeping/eating/playing in a different location other than your own home. It can be an adjustment for kids to sleep in a new bed or room. Keeping the bedtime routine will help alleviate some of the stress of sleeping in a new location.  In Ocala/Marion County, you’ll find lodging that’s perfect for you: rustic cabins, bed & breakfasts, top hotels and affordable vacation rentals in the area. Ocala/Marion County offers lodging for every kind of family,  trip.  and budget.  If you pick a hotel or cabin, bring what you would normally take… We always bring our sound machine for the kids as we know they are used to it and it helps create a calming atmosphere. Bring along a favorite stuffed animal or blanket to create a comforting space.

It’s up to you to help your family have a great vacation… if you enjoy it, they will, too.

A group of kids playing at a water park.

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I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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