The best time to book your 2020 family vacation

Families often take advantage of time off from work and school to take vacation. These peak travel times like Fourth of July weekend and winter break are some of the busiest times of the year, which means vacation homes book fast!

To help families get ahead of the curve, Vrbo looked at these high travel periods and identified the best time to book your vacation home before demand surges to ensure you’ll get the house at the right location and with the amenities you need. 

Spring break

Planning a family getaway for spring break? Book your vacation home by Feb. 10 for the best selection to find a home for your family vacation. Spring break is a great time to escape from the distractions of everyday life and bond as a family when the kids get a break from school. American families are heading to various climates to celebrate the arrival of spring, including the ski slopes of Colorado and the beaches of Alabama. Start planning your spring break trip today!

Top spring break destinations for families: 

Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer, and the best time to book a vacation home for this American holiday is before April 20. Where are families traveling? The beach, of course! Two of the top destinations are on the shores of Alabama alongside a destination in Florida’s Emerald Coast. Soak up the sunshine and get away from it all to celebrate the long weekend. 

Top Memorial Day weekend destinations for families: 


Summer is the ultimate time to take a family beach vacation. For the best selection of vacation homes in the summer, book by April 30. Staying in a vacation home can take the stress out of a family summer vacation. Extra space means extra bedrooms — when the young kids go to bed, the adults can relax and watch a movie (or have a glass of wine!) without bothering the kids in the other room. 

Top summer destinations for families: 

Fourth of July weekend

Fourth of July is on a Friday this year! Enjoy the long weekend with a family vacation and be sure to book by May 25 for the best selection of vacation homes. This holiday is a great time for family reunions. Whether that’s gathering around a private pool to soak in the sun or building your own outdoor obstacle course, a vacation home is the perfect spot to bring the whole family together.

Top Fourth of July weekend destinations for families: 

Labor Day weekend

Fire up the grill! Labor Day weekend is a great day to kick back and relax with the family. If you’re planning a long weekend getaway, book your vacation home by July 28. Whether you’re planning a quick getaway to the lake or the beach, you can take advantage of amenities offered in a vacation home. Filter for a house with an outdoor grill/barbecue to make sure you can make a great meal for the family. 

Top Labor Day weekend destination for families: 


Thanksgiving holidays are a great time to catch the tail end of fall foliage or take advantage of the cooler weather to go hiking with the family. Book your vacation home by October 21 for the best selection of vacation homes to find your perfect match. If you’re planning on cooking a Thanksgiving meal, use the filter for kitchens and ask the owner about what kind of equipment is available to plan ahead! 

Top Thanksgiving destinations for families: 

Ski season

Ski slopes are some of those most popular destinations in the winter. Book as early as possible, no later than October 30, for the best vacation home options. While there’s not much time to talk on the slopes, a vacation home offers a space for the whole family to spend quality time together under one roof. You can also find more budget-friendly accommodations farther away from the slopes and other attractions. 

Top ski season destinations for families: 

Winter break

Winter break doesn’t always mean hitting the slopes. Many families take advantage of the time off to visit the most magical place on earth, Disney World, and the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains for outdoor adventure. Wherever your winter break takes you, make sure to book a vacation home by November 17 for the best selection. Staying in a vacation home when visiting theme parks gives your family the flexibility to save money by eating outside the resort, or the option of a private pool to avoid the crowds. 

Top winter destinations for families: