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Posted by John Colby on 6/11/2017

Although family vacations frequently require a lot of planning, budgeting, and highway navigating, the benefits usually outweigh the challenges.

Granted, some road trips may bear a striking resemblance to the Griswold family's misadventures in the 1983 movie National Lampoon's Vacation, but, in real life, the majority of vacations do not devolve into a comedy of errors! A lot has changed in the past few decades, too. Thanks to GPS technology, cell phones, the Internet, and online reviews of tourist destinations, travelers are much less likely to get lost, stuck on the side of the road, or discover at the last minute that they've reserved a room at the Bates Motel.

Vacations mean different things to different people. While some families are content pitching a tent at a public campsite for a few days, other people opt for a week in the Bahamas or a lavish winter vacation at a ski resort in Colorado. The good news is that vacationing can be as economical (or luxurious) as you want it to be, and there are plenty of ways to reduce expenses and save money. One example would be to take advantage of off-season rates. Another would be to share the cost of a vacation house rental with friends or extended family.

Regardless of the duration or nature of your vacation, a change of routine and a new environment can be great for every member of the family. Here are a few of the benefits and advantages:

  • A fun vacation not only creates fond memories and opportunities for family bonding, but it also gives you and your kids something special to look forward to and talk about for years.
  • Whether you're a business owner, a working professional, or a student, it's relaxing and restorative to get away from the pressures and responsibilities of daily life. Everyone needs to "recharge their battery" now and then to avoid feeling burned out and overwhelmed.
  • Freedom and flexibility: Vacations are an opportunity to be as active or lazy as you want. In the winter, you can either go downhill skiing or just relax in the ski lodge with a good book, a crackling fire, and a hot drink. If your vacation is in the summer, you can work on your tan or your golf swing -- you decide! The ability to relax, kick back, and have a change of scenery provides people with a welcome relief from their usual busy schedules.
If the idea of a full-fledged vacation seems too time consuming or expensive, there's always the option of going away for a long weekend or planning a few mini-vacations at different times of the year. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that reservations should be made as much in advance as possible -- especially if you're planning to book your accommodations at a popular resort or during peak times of the season.

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Posted by John Colby on 8/7/2016

Having the perfect beach day starts at home— especially if you are taking kids along. Even if you are just going for the day, there is some preplanning that needs to take place. Take a look at the tips below to make sure you have the most successful beach day trip.

  1. Make a checklist: Write out everything that you need to take with you and as your packing it into your beach bag or cooler, check it off of your list. This way you will ensure that you won’t forget anything. This might include things like cash, sunscreen, sunglasses, towels, beach chairs, water, snacks, a change of clothes, etc.
  2. Choose a beach: If you live in New England, it’s likely that you have multiple beaches to choose from. And you might be looking for a different beach experience than the one you always go to. Maybe you usually take your day trip to a popular beach, but you know that it is going to be crowded and full of life. But this time you’re looking for a quieter day, so you might want to visit a private or town beach that doesn’t have a boardwalk and hundreds of people around.
  3. Pack the night before: Along with packing from your checklist, it’s best to pack everything up the night before. And if you are ambitious, pack the car the night before as well (everything but the drinks and refrigerated food).
  4. Set a plan for the day: Make sure all parties involved know how the day will pan out. Do you plan on leaving town at 7am or 9am? Do you plan on packing a lunch or grabbing something at the boardwalk? Do you plan on staying at the beach until 2pm or 5pm? These are all very important things to consider beforehand and to include everyone in on the decision.
Hope that these tips help you hit the road sooner and without a worry— except for where you’re going to set up at the beach.




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