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A Concierge’s Best Family Holiday Travel Tips

There’s no place like home for the holidays. So what happens when the parents want a change of scenery and decide to spend the holidays away from home at a snow-bound ski chalet in the Rockies or on a sunny island in the Caribbean? How do you maintain the traditions your kids love and look forward to while also creating some new and unique holiday memories?

One of the best things I get to do is to help families bring their traditions with them when they decide to spend the holidays  away from home. Here are my 3 favorite tips for how families can bring a little bit of home with them when they travel during the holiday season.

Ship Your Stuff

holidays away can be snowySki pants and winter boots fill a suitcase quickly. So do holiday presents. Skip the annoying checked baggage fees by shipping bulky items to your destination ahead of time in flat-rate boxes from the U.S. Postal Service or FedEx. Your kids can have the Christmas morning they hope for. And you don’t have to skip your traditional ugly-sweater photo! If you can, alert your hotel or the property manager at your rental that you have packages coming.

Make Friends with the Concierge

Tickets for The Nutcracker are a hot commodity in December. Even if you didn’t plan ahead your hotel concierge might be able to round up a few for you. Whether your tradition is to grab Chinese on Christmas or eat a homey brunch on New Year’s Day, your concierge can recommend the local spots that work best for families and make reservations for you. (read about the Nutcracker in New York CityAtlanta and Denver).

Book a Home Instead of a Hotel Room

holidays away can be sunnyHouses and condos come with a kitchen and living room, maybe even a dining room. This makes for easy family breakfasts and evenings curled up on the couch with a glass of wine or spiked hot cocoa. You can even recreate you usual holiday feast—if you want to. The bigger vacation rental websites have a huge selection of homes and are usually budget friendly (though you give up some hotel services and amenities).

Upscale rental companies sometimes offer extras like a concierge, grocery delivery and daily housekeeping (so mom gets a vacation, too). And most rentals are roomy enough for extended family to join you, too (hello, Grandma and Grandpa!).

Daniel Rosalky is Chief Escapist for Inspirato, a private club that combines resort-style services and customized pre-trip planning with the privacy and space of a vacation home experience. 

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