Kids are back in school and that means your vacation time is more limited, but not completely cut off. This is the best time to explore close to home or take a mini road trip over the weekend. Local exploration is just as good as those longer, far away trips. You just need to start planning.
Look at your map to see what is within a three-hour radius of your house. Get your kids involved by having them look up the towns you find. Are there any festivals in town? Everyone celebrates the winter holidays in some way. Find out how that town does it. Are you interested in arts and crafts? Chances are there is a quilt shop in that tiny town you just passed on the map. Nature is everywhere, especially when you travel outside of a major city. Find the state and national parks within a few hours of your house. Get out and explore all of that fresh air.
I can see you cringing already as you think about packing everyone up for a mere three-day trip. "It’s painful and just not worth it," you say. It is. You have to entertain your kids at home on the weekends (I know I do, because they sure don’t seem to think that pile of toys is interesting). Add some adventure into your lives by telling the kids to pack three shirts, pants, pairs of underwear and socks, and get in the car. It’s true, your kids may think you have lost your mind, and maybe you have, but adventure waits, so stop stalling.
Now where will you go? Yes, you can go out into nature, or hit up a few small towns, but let’s get more specific with some simple weekend getaways from coast to coast.
No matter where you live in the U.S. you can find a weekend trip worth taking with your kids. You may have to get creative, yes, there will be tears, but as you return home there will be smiles too. You just went on an adventure with your kids. There is magic and a whole lot of memories in that.
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Keryn is an East Coast native living life as a freelance writer in Seattle surrounded by her two little boys and one incredible husband. When not dragging the men in her life across the globe you can find Keryn writing on her blog Walking On Travels, a site that gives hope to today's modern parent that doesn't see kids as a roadblock to travel, but an excuse to get out the door and explore. Keryn has laughed at the naysayers by bringing her boys to far off lands like China, Hong Kong, Japan, Hawaii, back and forth across the USA, Mexico, Canada, and even across Europe. Keryn loves to encourage families to take that first step out the door, the hardest step of all. Follow Keryn on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google Plus.
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