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Plan For Fun Summer Getaways

December 30th, 2012 Seasonal

The flowers are in full bloom and the mercury is climbing steadily. The sun is also staying out later, allowing you to get the most enjoyment from your days. So why not take a summer vacation? Gather your friends and family and hit the road for a much-needed respite from all the long hours you've been putting in throughout the colder months.

Day trips
A vacation doesn't have to be a week-long excursion. In fact, day trips make for great breaks because they give you a chance to explore and enjoy locations that are closer to you and allow you to make every minute count during your one-day adventure.

If you live within driving distance of the ocean, try finding a nice coastal town with a boardwalk where you can kick back and relax. Also, consider a locale that inspires learning, such as a museum. Many museums have interactive exhibits and shows that kids will love.

If you want to inspire health and exercise, try visiting a national or state park where you can go hiking.

The long haul
If you're planning on coordinating a longer vacation, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind, such as lodging. While you're afforded greater flexibility if you're by yourself or with one other travel partner, going on trip with children often requires concrete plans. Also, you may want to plan ahead and book reservations at kid-friendly restaurants.

Travel for less
Sometimes the most expensive part of vacation is getting to and from your destination. That's why you may want to enlist the help of a travel agent to uncover the best price or use websites that compare deals. Also, don't be afraid to do some serious Google searching in order to find a random, can't-miss deal!

Driving to your vacation destination can be a fun alternative, especially if you'll be passing through scenic landscapes or heading by famous landmarks. With rising gas prices though, driving may no longer be a super-cheap alternative. Luckily, there a few ways to maximize your mileage, such as performing routine maintenance on your car and scheduling a tuneup before you set out. This will help the engine run more efficiently and allow your car to be less likely to break down.

Another way to get more miles-per-gallon is to monitor tire pressure and make sure yours are always full. At each gas stop, utilize a pressure-gauge and ask the attendant if you can make use of the air pump.

Taking a vacation often takes careful preparation, but it's worth it! Enjoy a getaway this summer and you won't regret it.