For families trying to get out of a rut when it comes to family holiday planning, here are seven ideas you may not have heard of before: State & National Parks-although many of us recall the dull film reels about our state & national parks in college, things certainly have gone a long way. Many of these parks allow tourists of all ages to explore and provide overnight camping and accommodation options as well.
Follow History-Although sometimes taking a tour of a city or town based on historical landmarks and attractions can be a blast. It's entertaining, it brings things to life that you'd just read about it books, and it takes you places that you might never have dreamed of before.
Road-Trip-You just wants them to be exposed to as much as life has to offer when it comes to your children. That's why you travel week after week between karate, swimming lessons, and ballet. But one of the aspects that we as a culture do not get too much in the family car and hit the road for a little bit. License plate games, cooler snacks, and attractions along the road are all part of the fun.
Ride the Rails-Ride a train now lends itself mostly to a daily commute to and from the office. Traveling by train was once the only, elegant way to get around, and thankfully there are still trains available to take people on long-forgotten journeys.
I took the towels and swimwear when we first began holidays with the grandkids, but they would go swimming many times a day and not suits the wet swimsuit because they were wet and cold again. Every day I would have at least four washers full of wet clothing. Now it's not happening. It may be a little uncomfortable for them and a little hot, but in a matter of minutes, they can swim and be soaked.
Book your rooms early or in advance for several months to save money. Do note that room rates are usually cheaper during the first part of the week and prices are rising on weekends. It is possible to use every few dollars saved for other items. Depending on the time of year, consider this: during the winter months, a hotel with an indoor or heated pool is a good idea because the kids can swim. An indoor pool is perfect even in the summer if it rains. Have some fun for yourself. Bring your toys for swimming and get in!
I do this every week and I usually have enough gift cards for our family when it's time for the trip and we eat out every day of the trip at night. It doesn't come out of the budget we set aside for our travel from our living expenses.