I think it's safe to say that we could all use a vacation after the craziness of these past several months. Being cooped up indoors for so long can make the summer sunshine seem like it's practically begging us to come out and play! There are tons of great sites to see, foods to eat, and culture to soak up across this big beautiful land of ours. Because we know that many of our customers are scratching that traveling itch, we want to help make their journeys as magnificent as possible! Whether you are taking the family out for that annual road trip or just wanting to spice up your next business excursion, The Holiday Blog has loads of planning tips, travel hacks, and fun activities to enjoy along the way!
Suggested Travel Destinations
San Diego, California
If you are traveling to the west coast and will be in San Diego be sure to check out the USS Midway. With over 60 carefully restored exhibit areas from the engine room to the flight deck it will be a fun experience for the whole family!
Traveling on the east coast? While in Boston make sure to experience the most popular tour, Boston Duck Tours. They are the only tours that can traverse both land and water to deliver breathtaking views all in one tour. The legendary ConDUCKtors put their unique spin on each tour, making it fun and educational for kids and history buffs alike.
St. Louis, Missouri
Headed to St. Louis, you must visit the Gateway Arch. Experience a destination where the stories are as incredible as the views. There is so much to do and see, something for everyone!
Ready! Set! Go!
"Luck favors the prepared," said the French chemist, Louis Pasteur. Some people like to fly by the seat of their pants while others prefer a strict and meticulous regiment. Either way, I find that a relatively modest degree of forethought can dramatically increase the joy of an otherwise spontaneous getaway!
Here are the top 5 things you will need to do before traveling somewhere:
- Go over your vehicle maintenance checklist. At the very least, you should check the battery, make sure the oil is changed, see that the tires have enough air and tread and that the spare is loaded just in case. Also inspect hoses, filters, fluids, brakes, and lights.
- Plan your route! This sounds obvious enough but a little attention to detail can save you a lot of time and money. Note when and where traffic will be light and where gas stations will be along the way. It may behoove you to take advantage of some fuel rewards programs.
- Know where rest stops are along the way so you can stretch those legs and switch drivers!
- Snack pack! Save yourself from spending too much on unhealthy fast-food options by packing fruits, vegetables, granola bars, deli meats, cheeses, nuts, seeds, crackers, juices and LOTS OF WATER!
- Bring a garbage and recycling basket to keep things tidy.
5 Games to Play with your Family While on a Road Trip Together
It is incredibly difficult these days to pry curious young minds away from their electronic devices! There are, however, several rewards to be had for keeping youngsters engaged in the moment and responsible for their own amusement. One way to help children learn responsibility is to give them control of their own road trip with an activity bag! You can fill it with engaging items like a journal, a trip map, workbooks, and coloring supplies. Below are some classic, fun filled past times you and your loved ones won't soon forget!
- License plate game - Each player or team earns a one-time, single point for each state they find on a License plate. Whoever has the most points at the end of the agreed upon time limit wins. This is also a great way to learn geography.
- Categories - Start off with a category like "household appliances" or "things to bring camping" and take turns naming things in the category until no one can name anymore.
- I Spy- One person, the spy, notices something with a particular quality like say, roundness, and says "I spy something round." Other players ask questions and guess until the item is revealed and the game is won. Whoever wins becomes the next spy.
- Going on a Spaceship - This is a simple alphabetical memory game. Each player adds an item to bring aboard the spaceship starting with a letter that follows the letter that began the previous item. Example: "I'm going on a spaceship and I'm bringing an air tank". The next player begins by saying something like "I'm going on a spaceship and I'm bringing an air tank, and a book" and so on.
- 20 Questions - One player thinks of something, a pencil for example, and tells the others what type of thing it is: a school supply. The other players take turns asking up to 20 yes or no questions to determine what the item is.
We hope this little guide has helped fuel your imagination and wanderlust as you anticipate your upcoming Summer escapades! We want to know about your journey and all the moments that make it special so please share your travel experiences on the Create Holiday Magic’s Facebook and Instagram pages. Also, be sure to check out our Summer Travel board on Pinterest. Be safe and have fun!