Don’t let memories of the Griswolds get in the way of enjoying one of the best ways to travel — road trips, when planned well, can offer more flexibility, freedom and bonding opportunities than organized tour groups for families. In many cases, there are even some companies that will plan your road itinerary for you so you don’t have to rely on your phone GPS or unexpected roadblocks — literally. (This is especially helpful overseas!)
The gold dome you passed on the highway into town and the portraits of presidential elections past on the walls of The Hotel Concord are likely the only clues something special happens here every four years — the first of the nation’s primary elections. It’s then the sleepy city of Concord, New Hampshire, comes alive with TV cameras, talking heads, waving flags and eagle motifs in a way only a local would understand. But in-between this quadrennial spectacle, only 43,000 souls live here, treading the streets of a quaint downtown filled with all homegrown shops (few chains except a Subway), tasty restaurants, coffeehouses, candy makers and craftsmen.
Whether it’s the perfect bolognese in Italy or truffle hunting in Slovenia, there’s nothing like savoring new flavors on vacation — or getting hands-on.