You don’t have to go far (or get jet lag) to have a great adventure. Chances are, your local area holds a lot of hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered. Let the following ideas inspire a string of spontaneous day trips or weekend getaways to thrill the whole family.
BE TOURISTS IN YOUR OWN TOWN.
See your hometown in a whole new way by pretending you’re tourists! Make a bucket list of things you’ve been itching to do in your area, from museums to bike trails. You can even buy a guidebook to make sure you’re not missing anything.
SCOUT OUT YOUR SURROUNDINGS.
Print a map of your geographic area, and draw a circle with your address at the epicenter. See how many towns and sites you can find worth discovering in a two-hour driving radius. Then work your way through your list over a series of weekend jaunts.
BE ROAD TRIP READY.
Have activities planned for the kids to help pass the time and avoid the dreaded “Are we there yet?” Books on tape are a great way to capture their imaginations. You can also purchase organizers that hang behind the front seats, giving kids easy access to activity books, snacks, drinks, and whatever else will fill the pockets. To keep motion-sickness at bay, pack peppermints, ginger ale, and saltines. Kids prone to "car tummy" can also wear acupressure wristbands (they really work!).
FOLLOW YOUR TASTE BUDS.
Plan a weekend that’s packed with flavor. Visit culinary high points such as pick-your-own farms (a kid favorite), tea shops, farmers’ markets, and restaurants. Bring an appetite, and come home with edible souvenirs to enjoy.
SAY YES TO SHORT-HAUL FLIGHTS.
A quick hop on a plane can take you to a completely different world, even if it’s just two states away. Ride the roller coaster in the Mall of America (Minnesota), take a Southern BBQ tour (Atlanta), or roam through history in our nation’s capital.
GET ROMANTIC AT A LOCAL B&B.
Arrange babysitting (or sleepovers) for the kids, and steal away with your honey for a local escape that sets the scene for romance. There’s something about leaving home—even if it’s just a few blocks away—that lets you unwind and really connect.
SCORE A CRUISE OR RESORT DEAL.
Look for travel deals in your vicinity—your Personal Assistant can help you scout out cruise and resort offers close to home. Maybe a cruise of the East or West Coast, a national park like Yosemite, or the magic of Disney is within your reach. Happy deal hunting…and bon voyage!