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Travel Deals: Planning Family Travel Summer & Beyond

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It’s already mid-July, so for the kids summer vacation is halfway over. Help them relish the dog days of summer with one last trip. Or lessen the blow of the impending school year by getting them excited about fall travel. Whatever tactic you choose, we have budget-friendly ways to plan a family break.

A South Carolina Summer

Packing is always a hassle for a summer beach getaway, but the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort in South Carolina has thought of a way to help.  Their Family Adventure Package takes some of the guesswork out of planning for an ideal family vacation by supplying children with a pail/shovel, a kite to fly on the beach, a picture frame to decorate, as well as two hours at the Kids camp at the hotel.  While the children have their fun the adults can lounge on the beach.  Along with all the amenities come a S’more’s kit and a disposable camera to capture all the memories on your family adventure!  This package is available through September 30, 2012 with prices starting from $259.  To learn more and reserve online, please visit their website.

Bring the Family to the Ballpark

If baseball is your family’s sport, get out there and check out one of the newest ballparks. The boutique Miami Hotel Urbano at Brickell has a Triple Play Package in honor of the new $515 million Miami Marlins Park baseball stadium.  The package includes a third night free in the centrally located hotel and three complimentary beers at the Bistro Urbano bar.  Hotel guests also get free round-trip transportation to and from the Miami Marlins Stadium on game days via the new City of Miami Trolley.  The best part…if the Marlins win a game you can present the Marlins Park game day ticket stub and receive Hotel Urbano’s “Miami Friends & Family Rate” for a discounted future visit.  The package is available through October 3, 2012 and valid for all room categories.  To book online enter the promotion code “Marlins” or call 305-854-2070.

A Family-Friendly Festival Outing

From now through August 11 you can check out the Deer Valley Music Festival, whose acts range from chamber music, classical, and pops offerings. The show is all over town at Deer Valley Resort Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, St. Mary’s Church, Temple Har Shalom and salon events in private homes. While you can hop through the venues you can make your residence from the Washington School House, whose  package includes:a two-night stay, two premium tickets to Deer Valley Music Festival (seats based upon availability), complimentary breakfast for two and an afternoon appetizer/cocktail hour, plus private transportation to and from festival. The package price starts at $455 a night in a King Room. Click here for more information.

A Back to School Surprise

For families looking to plan ahead, then it’s pays to book now. You “pay now and forever hold their price” at Hutchinson Island Marriott Beach Resort and Marina on the Treasure Coast of Florida. If you book before August 30, you can save 27 percent, with rates starting rate of $109 per night. For more information, visit them online.

WOW Options for Families and Couples

Deciding where to travel is an arduous task for many travelers but with Club Med’s return of the WOW Sale, indecisive travelers can now relax and rejoice.  The sale is currently featuring seven night all-inclusive escapes starting from $899pp at numerous locations.  Vacationers can also enjoy the discounts of up to 50% for staying in more than 60 Club Med locations worldwide including the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, France, Greece, Brazil , Indonesia, and Thailand.  Prices are based on double occupancy and must be booked by August 27, 2012 for travel by February 15, 2013.  For more information and reserving online, visit their website or call 1-800-ClubMed.

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