airplaneThe summer family vacation season officially starts Memorial Day weekend, which means it’s time to plan the summer vacation. These tips, tricks and travel ideas from our May 23 #TMOM Monday Twitter Party will get you started on your travel planning.

How do you find fun things to do where you’re going on vacation?

@kimorlando: I ask local moms for their list of fun. Guide books are overwhelming.

@CindyRichards Read the local paper, check the web, look at #TMOM ‘s free things to do feature.

@bzmomma Look up info online and ask friends and family who have been before.
 
How do you use technology to help plan a vacation?

@judy511: Search Google maps.
 
@bzmomma: Internet for research…reservations…directions, activities, etc…Android for looking up things missed.

@mommytravels: I look for free things to do in the area.

What are some the most unusual things you have done on a family vacation?

@bzmomma: Most unusual? Nothing really…just witnessed a bunch of flashers in NOLA for Mardi Gras.

@twokidsandamap: Does changing diapers in unusual places count?!?! 
 
What are some fun family friendly things to do in your area?
 
@SandraFoyt: There are so many fun family activities in my area, NE New York, that I started a blog http://albanykid.com/
 
@kimorlando: Clam digging in CT, ferry rides are cool – to LI, Island Beach
 
@mimitravelz How about Hollywood and studio tours! Come visit – L.A. is happening
 
What’s your No. 1 family vacation planning tip?
 
@GoBIG_GoHome Don’t overlook the quirky sites, Off the beaten track = the best memories!
 
@twokidsandamap: Don’t stress when the plan doesn’t work!
 
@marlibu: Don’t forget your camera!! Take lots of pictures
 
@kymri: Don’t forget battery charger for camera!