How to plan for spring break vacations

Around this time of year, it is normal to yearn for green grass, palm trees and sandy beaches. It is nor surprise that you may be seeing an additional number of Sandals vacation commercials. The same with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. But if you are newly divorced or have problems with your ex over parenting time, planning a spring break getaway can be fraught with issues.

This can be especially challenging with the looming threat of additional school days being included to make up for the unusual rash of snow days that have been given this winter. Nevertheless, the following tips can be helpful in resolving difficulties in planning spring break vacations.

Plan early – There’s nothing wrong with announcing your plans early. It gives you a chance to negotiate additional parenting time (if your order may not allow enough time) or to make sure you give the required notice for taking the child on vacation out of state. If you get pushback initially, you may also have time to seek legal intervention.

Be flexible – If there is a cruise or destination that you had your heart set on, it is also important to have some alternatives in mind just in case you run into problems securing the extra time for your vacation.

Stay away from threats – The planning stages are no place for tough talk and ultimatums. This usually makes people intractable and unresponsive. At the same time, asking for a time frame for a response to your request is helpful in deciding what to do in the event you get pushback.

Source: FoxNews.com “5 ways to save on a spring break vacation,” Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Feb. 12, 2014

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