While many people dream of spending weeks on sun-drenched tropical beaches, a growing number of families or couples are recognizing the advantages of vacation or holiday fun in shorter doses.
Two-income households with a gaggle of kids in tow especially have little time to plan, budget and organize a long trip.
So it’s no surprise that weekend getaway trips are catching on across the country.
In times of economic hardship, it’s especially important for families to budget travel expenses without giving up the fun and adventure that a full-tilt vacation may provide.
Short getaways or long weekend trips include much less planning and, of course, the chance to get out of town at a moment’s notice.
Make Your Vacation Seem Longer – Take Weekends
By opting for longer weekends, many vacationers feel they are getting more, not less, vacation time. Spreading the traditional 14-21 vacation days over the four seasons also provides lots of opportunities
for a short family road trip, fall foliage or winery tour, winter getaways or extended stays at summer campgrounds, theme parks or winter holiday ski trips.
depends on your attitude,” says New York native Mary Donough
who, along with her husband and two kids have taken quick
trips around the NYC
metro area, Boston
DC – even Cancun
“While long stay vacations are fun to plan, it’s so much more exciting to pack a few things, grab the kids and go, especially in the off-season. Once you find out how fun and affordable it can be,
weekend trips are the only way to go.”
For the best deals during peak season also look for US destinations that traditionally offer cheaper airfares, hotel room and meals – like Orlando or Las Vegas – for a complete travel package that won’t break the bank.
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about weekend getaways around the Web:
the Web, check out top sites offering more information on fast
and affordable weekend getaways, shopping excursions, ski trips
and hiking treks for families, singles, and couples:
Family Travel Network – Interests & Activities – Use the left hand drop-down menu to access tips & advice on trips for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, winter and fall weekend getaways
and related family travel fun on a budget.
Weekend Getaways from 9 Major U.S. Cities – Smarter Traveler reviews of top locations around the U.S. offering cheap getaways with related tips on finding budget restaurants and attractions.
Cheap Family Weekend Getaways – Check out the Travel Channel for expert advice on how to save money at state parks, when to opt for apartment rentals over hotels, and related tips.