The last year hasn’t been easy, and many families will be looking forward to a well-earned break. With restrictions still in place, some people may be reluctant to jet off to far-flung destinations. If you’re keen to stay closer to home this summer, here are some fabulous ideas for family-friendly vacations.
Planning a road trip
Road trips are a fantastic way to see more of the country without spending a fortune or worrying about having to negotiate flights and busy airports. If you fancy getting away this summer but you don’t want to fly, planning a road trip is a perfect option. With this kind of break, you have the freedom and flexibility to control where you go and what you do.
Think about travel time and your interests and budget when choosing a location. How far do you want to drive, what do you want to do on your vacation, and are you planning to stop en route or drive to a destination and spend a period of time in one place?
There are various options to explore including hiring an RV, camping, and driving between locations and booking hotels and motels. Before you head off on a road trip, always check the vehicle, make sure you have a first aid kit, a puncture repair kit and plenty of snacks, warm clothing and bottled water, and plan your route.
City breaks may not spring to mind automatically when thinking about family vacations but they offer a raft of advantages. Visiting cities enables you to enjoy a wide range of activities and excursions, and you can combine different types of trips in the same vacation.
If you visit Miami, for example, you can see the sights and catch rays and kick back at the beach. If you fancy visiting San Francisco, you can cross off museums and famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf while also enjoying fun-filled excursions. Hire bikes to cross the bridge or look into San Francisco yacht rental for a memorable day on the water.
If you are tempted by the idea of an urban adventure, it’s worth taking a little time to research online and plan your itinerary. This will help you save time, money and stress when you arrive at your destination. You can do everything from comparing hotel prices and booking tours and tickets at the touch of a button.
Hitting the beach
Many of us conjure up images of deserted beaches in exotic locations when dreaming of a seaside sojourn. While it might not be possible to visit some of the most popular beaches in the world right now, there are plenty of beautiful resorts on offer closer to home.
If the prospect of soaking up the sunshine and watching the palms sway in the wind fills you with joy, research coastal destinations, get ideas from friends, colleagues and online reviews, and explore accommodation options. You could book hotel rooms, rent a condo or a beach house or even look into doing a home swap.
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Traveling is more complicated at the moment as a result of the pandemic. Many families are choosing to postpone plans to go abroad in favor of a staycation. If you’re looking for inspiration for a summer break to remember, why not consider these options?