Our lives have us going non-stop. We are professionals, athletes, artists, chefs, organizers, planners, parents…and our kids’ biggest fans. And sometimes, when we allow ourselves a few moments we stop and day dream. We dream of disconnecting, slowing down, taking time to enjoy each other and think on what really matters. We dream of taking vacations. Well, stop dreaming; your vacation time is now! With only 18 summers (!) with our kiddos, things change in the blink of an eye. Lugabug was created to make it easier for adventuring families to jet set and let those dreams become reality. We also know how important even a quick, close-to-home vacation can become an unforgettable experience! Here are a few tips for planning a last-minute get away:
Find a staycation
Making forever memories doesn’t always mean zooming across the country. Try looking closer to home. Resorts often cater to locals in the off season. The Arizona Grand is a perfect example. With providing packages for everything from girl’s getaways to LegoLand adventures, there is something for everyone. Not to mention the thrill of the water park! Water park resorts aren’t your thing? Throw a light pack together and head to the lake, the mountains or the beach for a few hours. It doesn’t matter the location, what matters is the together time!
Pick the right time
Beat the traffic, the crowds, and the rates by traveling mid-week if off to a popular beach, resort or cabin in the cool pines! If city festivals, free events, outdoor concerts are more your speed, pick weekend travel. While rates may be higher, activity costs will be lower. Be flexible. The fewer expectations you have the more discounts you can grab!
Look for deals
Peruse your favorite resort and hotel websites to find great family packages allowing you to take advantage of the resort’s amenities and even some of the local fare. Take for example Omni and Hilton Hotels. Omni offers a summer getaway package that includes credits for meals, a backpack of goodies for kids and the ever necessary late checkout! Hilton often offers discounts for breakfasts at many of their resorts. Consider joining AAA or an airline mileage reward program for great deals on family packages. Find a reliable VRBO rental for better rates. Or, if swapping houses appeals to you, try looking on HomeExchange or HomeLink.
Ditch expectations and Unplug to connect
When taking last minute vacations, your best plan is to not have a plan. Eliminate the expectations for the trip and let the events unfold as they may. Ditching the plan ditches the stress! Most importantly, UNPLUG! We are all connected to our everyday lives through social media, work email, personal email and more. By unplugging you will see the amazement that is right in front of you…..your littles!
Go travel. Make memories. Take the kids. Take the Lugabug!