Nina Asusa, Broker

Nina's journey in real estate began in the early 1990's where her passion for real-estate quickly grew from an investor and home renovator, to where she is today. In 2006*, Nina launched her full-time real estate career and quickly found herself helping her clients, who many became friends, achieve not just any lifestyle, but the lifestyle they wanted for themselves. Her model was and always will be ''Don't follow someone else's story; create your own story, create your own lifestyle, because 'home is where your story begins.'''  From a single realtor, to developing a strong team of realtors she personally mentored and later owning a real estate brokerage firm, Nina's focus remained the same. She continues to channel her high energy and extensive experience into understanding her client's needs and wants, and in helping them in their real estate journey. Nina's greatest honour is the trust others grant her when welcoming her in their life's journey.

3 Great Family Vacation Ideas to Plan and Save Up For

By: Nina Asusa

3 Great Family Vacation Ideas to Plan and Save Up For

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There’s nothing quite like taking a family vacation you can cherish for years to come. It’s very special to be able to travel as a family and experience different places and cultures. Planning a family vacation isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. The parents want some relaxation time, the kids want to play, and nobody wants to be bored. The most important thing is spending quality time together and going on a vacation you’ll all enjoy. Here are 3 great family vacation ideas to plan and save up for!  
 
1. Visit a National Park
Visiting a national park is the perfect idea if you’re a family that loves nature and wildlife. Taking a vacation to a national park gives you the opportunity to visit beautiful landscapes, view wildlife in their natural habitat, learn about geological history, and enjoy the great outdoors. 
 
We have some amazing national parks in Canada, such as Banff National Park where you can see the Rocky Mountain peaks, turquoise glacial lakes, abundant wildlife and take scenic drives. You can also enjoy the picturesque town of Banff, where you’re surrounded by the beautiful rugged mountains while you walk into shops and restaurants.
 
The Grand Canyon is another popular national park that’s great for families. Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon is known for its layered bands of red rock and jaw dropping viewpoints such as Mather Point and Lipan Point. They have tons of kids and youth programs including their “Junior Ranger Program” and “Learn About the Grand Canyon”, plus they have awesome camping options if you’re interested in camping and backpacking! 
 
Take a look at the Canadian National Parks website and America’s National Parks website to find a spot that your family would love to explore! 
 
2. Take a Family-Friendly Cruise
Cruises are such great fun for the whole family! Not only do you get to enjoy life on the cruise, you get to explore incredible destinations and exciting group excursions. Many cruises cater to children, but each one has its own vibe and personality, so it’s up to you to find the one that your family will love most! 
 
Make sure to research each cruise’s onboard kid-friendly activities, kid clubs and family cabins. Some cruises are specifically designed for families and offer fun activities such as water slides, ropes courses and rock climbing walls.  
 
Disney Cruise Line, is of course one of the most popular kid-friendly cruise lines, and is ideal for kids ages 4 to 11. They can accommodate tweens and teens, butare mostly geared towards the younger age set. They’re known for their enchanting entertainment, delicious dining options and fun-filled pool and waterslides. Royal Caribbean Cruises is another cruise line that has great options for the whole family with kids of all ages! From a theatre, to arts and crafts workshops, science lab and video arcade, there are tons of activities to keep your kids busy!
 
Here’s a list of the best cruises for kids
 
3. Enjoy a Beach Vacation
A beach vacation is sounding pretty good right now, especially as we head into the colder months. If you’re in the mood for some relaxation and your kids love to swim and play in the water, a beach vacation may be just what your family needs. The great thing about beach destinations is that they each offer unique things to do and see.
 
Kailua Beach Park in Hawaii has amazing turquoise blue waters and lots of family-friendly water activities like kayaking and boogie boarding. Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is another family-friendly beach destination with lots of kid-friendly hotels. Some of which have indoor water parks and features like pools, lazy rivers and water slides. 
 
You can plan a beach vacation anywhere there’s water- the Gulf Coast, Pacific Coast, Atlantic Coast, or even on a beautiful lake or river. Find a destination your family would love and soak up the sun and sand! 
 
If you’re ready to plan and save for a family vacation, keep these 3 family-friendly ideas in mind! They’re sure to please everyone in your gang!