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Every year itâ€™s the same old thing: driving to parents, in-laws or other relatives houses for the same old turkey dinner, the retelling of the same old stories, the asking of the same old questions. Why not do something different this year? Something out of the ordinary? Something to shake things up? Travelling is a great way to â€śspice things upâ€ť and get out of the same old boring routine. Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of a long weekend and, if you do it right, can be cost-effective and hassle-free. Here are some great destination ideas as well as some travel tips to make sure you have a Thanksgiving experience that is anything but ordinary.
First, narrow down your choices by consideringÂ things like weather, school stress for children, celebrations and American History. For example, if you live in a chilly climate, a tropical vacation might be for you or if you live in a desert or temperate climate (such as San Diego) you may want to visit a cooler â€śholidayâ€ť destination. Also, remember that just because your kids are allowed a long weekend does not mean that they are free from homework, studying and projects. Donâ€™t plan a long or exhausting trip if your student is just going to be more stressed out upon your return. Cities with special Thanksgiving celebrations are also a good option, such as New Yorkâ€™s Macyâ€™s Thanksgiving Day Parade or Chicagoâ€™s Thanksgiving Parade or pick a spot rich in American history such as a road trip through the 13 colonies or a trip to your favorite Presidentâ€™s hometown.
With Memorial Day just around the corner, itâ€™s time for all of us working folks to start planning just how weâ€™re going to spend our three day weekend. While typical activities include going to the beach or barbequing in the park with family and friends, here is a list of some activities you may have overlooked or forgotten about.
Canoeing â€“ If your local geography and weather permit, canoeing is a great way to spend a day outdoors. Paddling down a river on a sunny afternoon can be almost anything you want it to be: relaxing, adventurous, even competitive. This is the perfect day trip for either a family, a group of friends or even to do solo. Most canoe rental facilities offer day rates and group discounts and usually round out to about $20 a person. Just be sure to bring extra dry clothes, a bathing suit and towel, sneakers or river shoes and your camera. Oh yeah, donâ€™t forget the map!!
Museums â€“ Your city or town is sure to be home to a museum you havenâ€™t been to yet and as most museums are open just about every day of the year, this three day weekend is your perfect opportunity. Admission prices can range from about $5 -$20 but some amazing museums (like the Smithsonian) are free and open to the public. Additionally, many museums have discounts or free admission for members of the armed forces. A museum can provide an entire day of fun and entertainment for just about anyone and who knows, you might even learn something.