No fewer than 18% of Quebecers will go on vacation this March break, according to CAA-Quebec’s 2018 Winter Holiday Plans survey (1), and many will head South. Hurray for spring break!

The most popular destination? The United States, featuring the beaches of Florida and Disney World, which has been experiencing a surge in popularity since last year. Quebec ranks second, followed by Mexico and the Caribbean. The survey also revealed that half of these vacationers will be travelling with their children.

Family vacations make for great memories, but we all know they’re not the easiest to plan. Here are the 10 commandments of family travel to help you get started:

Thou shalt be well prepared. A trip requires planning. You need to think about vaccines, insurance, preparations at home, and much more. Make a list of things to do and compare it to the CAA-Quebec's list of pre-departure preparations.

Thou shalt prevent motion sickness. It’s no fun, especially on vacation! Here are a few tips for beating motion sickness.

The shalt avoid the big cellphone bill! If you continue to use your phone abroad as if you were home, you may be shocked at your bill when you back. There are three options: use Wi-Fi only, buy a roaming package from your provider or get a SIM card locally. More details on using your cellphone abroad.

Thou shalt pack wisely. In an ideal world, you shouldn’t have to jump on your suitcase to close it! here are a few clever tips and accessories to help you pack your bags.

Thou shalt purchase travel insurance. You may already have travel insurance with your employer or credit card, but you should check to make sure the coverage is appropriate; for example, does it cover all family members and is it enough for the duration of the trip. nobody likes to be told, “No, it’s not covered!” Avoid these travel insurance blunders.

Thou shalt find an assistant. Travel assistance is usually included with travel insurance. It’s a professional who is available 24/7 and takes care of everything in the event of a health issue. If you break your leg abroad, for example, you don’t want to deal with that alone!


Thou shalt remain calm on the plane. It can be stressful to take the plane for the first time, but when you know what to expect, it’s easier. If you’re thinking of getting a little sleep during your flight, get some travel pillows (photo) for yourself and the kids. They’ll come in useful for long car rides.



Thou shalt prevent theft. Unfortunately, it can happen anywhere. But a few simple tricks can help you deter thieves.


Thou shalt be well equipped. Travelling with your kids? Of course, this requires a bit more planning ... and some tools! Here are our suggestions to simplify your life:
  • A suitcase just like the grown-ups (photo). This is useful for teaching children how to pack their bags and it’s smart because most airlines will let you carry it on for free. “Choose a sturdy, lightweight suitcase, because we all know you’re probably the one who’ll end up lugging it!” says Roberto Licciardello, Director, Boutique and Distribution Centre, at CAA-Quebec Travel.
  • An ID bracelet (photo). A lost child is every parent’s worst nightmare. If it were to happen, an ID bracelet containing the child’s contact and medical information could prove very valuable.

  • A travel bag for the stroller (photo). There are bags for carrying and protecting your stroller that do a better job than those provided by the airlines.


(1) The survey, conducted online for CAA-Quebec by Léger Marketing, polled 1,004 Quebecers aged 18 and over between October 27 and November 2, 2017. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.