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September 8, 2017 admin0

All too often when people think about a vacation, they imagine a long excursion that takes them far away from their home. While long vacations to exotic destinations are certainly fun, there are many other ways to enjoy a needed break. In fact, you don’t need two weeks off and a passport to enjoy a much needed break from ordinary.

The mid-week treat

How often do you feel done with the week by the time it’s Wednesday? The harder the week, the stronger we tend to feel that mid-week slump. If you’re wanting to break up the work week with a treat, you can book a room with a view for Wednesday night. No making dinner, no running errands – you don’t even have to make the bed!

If your work allows you any flexibility, you can extend the fun by taking the entire day off or even just making it a half day. This mini-escape might be just what you need to break out of your rut!

Three-day getaway

You might not have any vacation time left, but there are usually a few opportunities throughout the year for a three-day weekend. Many people use this time to catch up on chores or hobbies around the house, but perhaps a mini-vacation is a better plan! Book a room that is near activities you enjoy, like fishing, hiking, or enjoying a live show.

Your extended weekend will feel longer if you stick close to home. So instead of logging more time traveling, find somewhere close and those three days will feel like more.

The celebration night away

Going out for a nice meal is one way people celebrate, but why not treat yourself to a night away from it all?  Dinner is great, but when it’s over life goes back to normal. If you book a  room for the night, you can not only have dinner, but you can swim, sit in the hot tub, relax by the fire – anything you want!

Of course, if you plan it right that single night can turn into two by booking your room before a day off.  This just gives you more time to celebrate!

Vacations are great, but they don’t have to be the only time you get away from it all! By treating yourself to some time away, even a night or two, you break up the monotony of everyday life. This is an effective way to lift your spirits and make some great memories.


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July 6, 2017 admin6

Do you hear the call of the open road? A road trip can be a great way to explore, clear your head, and enjoy a bit of freedom. It’s also an affordable way to take a mini-vacation over a long weekend. If you have a preschooler, however, you might think your days of road trips are  behind you. With a little planning, however, you can still enjoy the freedom of the winding road.

First and foremost, be sure to set reasonable daily goals. Taking a road trip doesn’t have to mean logging as many miles as possible in a single day. If you have a preschooler, you’ll want to take plenty of breaks and allow enough time to rest each night. You might not get as far, but you also won’t have to deal with a fussy little one.

Next, remember to factor in entertainment. Keeping your preschooler entertained and engaged will help them see the fun in road trips. Print maps to color, pack binoculars that they can use, take pictures, and document your adventure. This will keep everyone happy and instill a love of adventure as well.

A hungry kid is an unhappy kid, so be sure to pack plenty of snacks. Include their favorite treats along with items that are more substantial. Make it more fun by putting surprise foods in brown bags that you give them when they complain about a rumbling tummy. This is an entertaining way to cure hunger.

And don’t be afraid to use technology to your advantage. You can take pictures and make videos along the way, track your trek on GPS, or watch a favorite movie when it’s time to take a nap. Your youngster will like the distractions and you’ll enjoy a bit of quiet time.


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June 2, 2017 admin6

Many things can take the fun out of your vacation, like a delayed flight, inclement weather, or catching a cold. While you can’t do much to stop some things from ruining your vacation fun, you can take steps to keep a sunburn from destroying your summer plans.

First and foremost, always be prepared to protect you and your family from the sun. Pack plenty of sun protection, including things like hats, sunglasses, and your preferred sunscreen. Make sure you include sunscreen that is waterproof, even if you’re not planning any water-related activities. This ensures you’re ready for last minute changes in your plans or an unexpected rainstorm.

Next, make sure that you plan ahead for shade if you have outdoor activities on the itinerary. This might mean bringing an umbrella or two in case there are no natural shade options around. You’ll also need to make sure that the little ones take frequent “shade breaks.” This will help them cool down, and gives you a chance to reapply sunscreen and watch for signs of sunburn.

Finally, don’t underestimate the sun. You can get sunburned on a cloudy day, on a rainy day, or even on cool days. This can be especially problematic since people often spend more time outside on days like this, all without sunscreen. Basically, however, any time you’re outside you face potential over-exposure. This means that no matter your destination or your plans, you should use have sun protection available.


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June 2, 2017 admin2

Planning a vacation can be fun, but more often than not it is a stressful and frustrating experience. If you’re planning a vacation for your family, this can be compounded by trying to create a vacation that will please everyone.

While there is no secret to making everyone happy, there are some steps you can take as you plan to make the entire process easier. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Pre-Planning

Ask everyone for not only their ideal vacation, but a few alternatives that would make them happy as well. This gives you a Plan B should you need some flexibility while planning. Having a fallback position for everyone will also help you gauge where their priorities really are.

As you plan

Before you book anything, come up with an itinerary of your trip. Include any activities you’re planning along the way, and let everyone take a look. Seeing everything laid out makes it easier to imagine what the trip will really be like. This also gives everyone a second chance to weigh in on plans before you’ve made any commitments.

Consider free time

Sometimes family members have diverse interests that can’t really be addressed in a single outing. If this seems like your family, consider scheduling some free time for individuals to explore. For instance, if your spouse likes golf but you and the kids want to spend time at a water park, split up for part of the day and enjoy. There’s no rule that says you have to do everything together.


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