With your family??? For example, you may prefer shorter family getaways. Or possibly your schedule and finances will only allow a couple days away. Perhaps your kids are too young for an extended stay. Whatever your reason, short trips can lead to big fun for families.
But there are lots of options. How do you and should you begin to narrow down your options? How should you prep? And how on earth can you actually enjoy your trip after a 6 hour car ride?
My friend and family fun planning expert Donna is back to discuss her tips for planning those quick yet memorable getaways. From using reciprocal membership benefits to staying at State Park Lodge for a fraction of the cost of a hotel, we have plenty of tips for family fun for your Summer. Trust me, Donna’s got the goods.
To listen to my chat with Donna about planning Summer activities and day trips, click below.
DONNA’S TIPS FOR PLANNING SUMMER FAMILY GETAWAYS
- Start by thinking about activities your kids might outgrow or that have been on your wish list for several years. If there is a children’s museum or kid-friendly activity in a nearby city or state that may be too young for your kid next summer, this year is the year to knock that out.
- Check to see if there are reciprocal benefits to a membership you already have like a zoo or science center. Maybe there is a really cool children’s museum in a nearby city you can visit for free or a discount.
- When you’ve settled what you would like to do, be aware of how far in advance you might need to book reservations. If you are trying to visit a festival in a small town, lodging may book quick and you don’t want to disappoint your family if there were really looking forward to the zucchini festival.
- If you can’t find lodging, make a note on your calendar to book your reservations far enough in advance for next year.
- If you are struggling to get into the place you want to visit and you’ve waited a little too long, maybe try looking for a mid-week researvation. Sometimes you will find availability and deals if you have the flexibility to go during the weekdays in the Summer.
- When it comes to actually enjoying your summer getaway, don’t stress to much about the packing. You can pick up any missing items so there is no need starting your trip out stressed and frazzle.
- If you will be taking a roadtrip, double check that your car maintenance is up to date. Nothing worse than finding out your overdue for brakes in the mountains. Or you need new windshield wipers in the a rainstorm.
- Donna also suggests stashing away snacks like granola bars for when you arrive at the destination. We’ve all been in the situation where you arrive but it takes a few minutes to get into your room. That is to say, the kiddos are done.
- Beware of overplanning, especially for these quick getaways. I understand you want to make the most of your precious time. But overtired and rushed kids and parents make for unhappy getaways.
- And finally, if you are doing something your family is loving, evaluate if you want to switch gears. Do you want to leave just to stay on schedule? However, if you don’t have a solid commitment, going with the flow can create some great family memories
Sparkling Pineapple Sangria
- 1 Can Crushed Pineapple with Juice
- 1 Orange Sliced
- 1/3 C. Barcardi Limon or Other White Rum
- 1 Bottle Sparkling Wine or Prosecco
- Pour pineapple and juice into pitcher. Add sliced oranges and muddle with wooden spoon
- Stir in rum.
- Top with bottle of sparkling wine. Allow to sit in refrigerator for 45 minutes prior to serving.
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