Step 1: Choose a family
#1- 1 adult, 1 child- Family #1 is a mother and son family. Mom enjoys reading, bike riding, and hiking. Son, age 5, enjoys swimming and spending time playing outside. Budget: $1000
#2- 1 adult, 2 children- Family #2 is a father and two daughters family. Dad enjoys jogging, watching football, and staying current on the latest national and world news. Two daughters, ages 12 and 10, enjoy reading, creative play, and are very active in soccer. Budget: $1500
#3- 2 adults, 2 children- Family #3 is a father, mother, and two sons family. Together, the family enjoys almost all outdoor sports. The young sons (ages 5 and 2) enjoy creative play, including pretending to be their favorite superheroes. Budget: $2000
#4- 2 adults, 3 children- Family #4 has a daughter (age 16), son (age 11) and daughter (age 7) family. This family is looking for relaxation from their regular everyday busy schedule. The family enjoys being active together. Budget: $2500
#5- 2 adults, 4 children- Family #5 has two sons (age 17), a daughter (age 9) and a son (age 1). This family would like a vacation that is fun and active for the older children, but also includes downtime for them to relax, especially with their youngest son. Budget $3000
**Each family is available to travel at anytime and any day during the year and would like to vacation for the longest amount of time possible.
Step 2: Consider your budget
Before researching each vacation destination, you must take into consideration each part of the budget you are to work within. Here is a great blog to help you determine how to save and get the most for the money your chosen family has allotted for their vacation. Check out the budget worksheet you can print off to help you in your planning! : http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2013/05/03/8-simple-ways-to-save-on-your-next-family-vacation/
Here's another budget template using Microsoft Excel, if you prefer to complete on the computer: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/vacation-planner-TC103428955.aspx
Choose a budget template from one of the websites above or create your own!
Step 3: Choose a destination
Now that you have considered your budget, choose a destination for your family. Make sure to use the recommended website to research the area to ensure your family will enjoy their stay.
Destination # 1: Topsail Beach, North Carolina- http://www.topsailbeach.org/
Destination #2: Hershey, Pennsylvania- http://www.visithersheyharrisburg.org/index.asp
Destination #3: DisneyWorld-Orlando, Florida- https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/
Destination #4: Pocono Mountains, Pennsylvania- http://www.visitpa.com/regions/pocono-mountains
Destination #5: Deep Creek Lake/Garrett County, Maryland- http://www.deepcreeklake.com/
Step 4: Travel
Vehicle- To determine the cost of travel by vehicle you must consider the average price of gasoline in Pennsylvania: http://www.pennsylvaniagasprices.com/Prices_Nationally.aspx The vehicle your chosen family will be traveling in gets approximately 28 miles per gallon. You must also take into consideration the distance of travel from Waynesboro, Pennsylvania to your chosen destination.
Airplane- Remember to determine the cost of round-trip flights. Choose from the following airlines:
Southwest Airlines: http://www.southwest.com/
Train- Remember to determine the cost of round-trip tickets.
Step 5: Lodging
You will need to consult the travel website of your destination above for lodging information for your area. Possible lodging ideas would include hotel/motel, camping, or renting a house. If you are interested in having your chosen family rent a house, please consult the VRBO website at http://www.vrbo.com/
Step 6: Activities
You will need to consult the travel website of your destination above for daily activities. Remember, you will need to have enough money to pay for lodging for each additional night of stay plus any activity fees. Please keep that in mind as you plan.
Step 7: Presentation
Using the information you have found, you now need to compose a presentation to persuade your chosen family to choose the vacation you have planned for them. You must include the following information in your presentation: a graph showing how each part of their allocated budget will be used for vacation expenses, chosen destination, transportation, lodging, and daily activities. In addition, you will need to include visuals and a written persuasive paragraph to persuade the family you chose to pick your vacation.
Please choose from the following for your presentation: