A vacation is time away from home and work to take a trip, usually for the purpose of rest, travel or recreation. The word holiday may be used interchangeable with vacation in Canada. Vacations can improve the quality of life and the quality of work if you come back refreshed and refocused. Vacation is about having fun, resting, recharging and new experiences. Although most people have their vacation time chosen or restricted to certain time windows, if you are able to choose the time of year it may enhance the vacation and make it more budget friendly. However, many people must vacation in the summer when children are on school break. Vacations are also essential for children and create fond, happy memories that are retained for a lifetime. Children can be overly stressed by heavy schedules, school, practice, homework, lessons, focus on achievement and need time to play, laugh and have new experiences. If you are planning a trip to the opposite hemisphere, remember the season are reversed. While it may be mid summer throughout the U.S., in Australia or Brazil it will be mid winter. For some destinations with tropical, rainy, hot and humid summers, mid-winter travel is preferred. Mid summer is also usually peak travel time so higher prices are usually expected on airfare, car rentals, hotels. Travel during low season will help help save, avoid crowds and long lines. There can be a large difference in airfare for the high and low seasons so that is another consideration when budgeting vacation travel. Some hotels and resorts have seasonal variations in room rates and there are better deals at times when the hotel/resort does not expect to be full. Often during low season, there are accommodation incentives for guests: upgrades to better rooms, stay a certain number of nights and get one night free, etc. With a bit of advance planning, families can find discounts and coupons for vacation destinations: airfare, car rentals, tours, attraction discount cards, hotels, motels, lodging, vacation packages and more.