As summer comes rolling to an end it’s the perfect time to plan a last-minute trip with the family before the hectic schedules of fall get in the way. What better way to spend some time together and get away from home than with a last-minute road trip?
Road trips are a great way to bond as a family and see America, but they don’t have to be big ordeals. Sometimes a quick road trip to a nearby location is just as exciting and rewarding as a cross-country jaunt that takes weeks to plan and prepare for.
When the trip is a short one all you have to do is pack a few days’ worth of clothes and find a place to stay. There is no need to worry about putting the mail on a vacation hold or finding a house sitter if you won’t be gone for longer than a weekend.
There’s no need to worry about hotels being all booked anymore — with the advent of Airbnb and similar sites for vacation home rentals, you can always find a place to stay, even at the last minute.
If you’ve got a family dog, simply pack a few days’ worth of food for your pup and bring him along — there are plenty of hotels and Airbnbs that allow pets. If your family likes to camp, pack the tent in the car and bring it along. You just might find the perfect campsite along the way that has an open spot for a couple nights.
For entertainment in the car don’t worry that you aren’t prepared. We live in an age where cell phones fix just about every problem so take advantage of that and download some road trip apps that will keep the family occupied on the drive. Some good ones are What Would You Choose? and Car-tegories.
Don’t forget to pack a bag of healthy road trip snacks, like carrot sticks, granola bars and fruit snacks. You don’t have to get anything fancy and remember that when the trip is a quick one and close to home, you won’t have to worry about being stranded without knowing where to get a good meal or being able to grab some extra snacks so you don’t run out. Last-minute road trips should be fun and casual. Don’t stress over making sure every little detail is covered.
When a vacation is spur of the moment, it’s a great opportunity for families to come together and work as a team to come up with fun ideas and plan things out. The spontaneity of an unexpected road trip can boost the kids’ excitement, making even a small trip to a local destination an exciting vacation.
Huntsville, Alabama, is one of those destinations helping define the family-friendly vacation. Home to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the city is lovingly nicknamed Rocket City thanks to its history of always reaching for the stars. This is where you’ll find Space Camp, where kids and families can take part in various programs at the world’s largest space museum, U.S. Space and Rocket Center.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Through Dec. 31, family travelers can enjoy the most unexpected thing in Florida: a white Christmas. The Now Snowing in Celebration festival in Kissimmee, Florida, embraces winter traditions for both locals and visitors. Free to visit, families will love heading to the town built by Disney.
Let family travels take you to one of these stunning aquariums around the United States. Recently, Aquarium Store Depot analyzed TripAdvisor reviews containing words such as beautiful, breathtaking and picturesque for 175 public aquariums across America. Each aquarium ranked based on the percentage of reviews to determine the most eye-catching aquariums.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
All aboard! A holiday afternoon tea on a vintage train winding its way through lush wine country? If that sounds a lovely to you as it does to us, the Napa Valley Wine Train is on track to offer you a great seasonal experience perfect for sharing with family or loved ones. Tea is served in a holiday-decked vintage Pullman rail car with historic features like Honduran mahogany paneling, etched glass partitions, sumptuous armchairs and gleaming brass accents.