Tips for Family Summer Fun

Alexandra Heep By Alexandra Heep, 1st Aug 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/28avh034/
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A variety of ways to enjoy summer - from easy to more elaborate

A Ton of Fun in the Sun

The most important thing to consider about family summer fun is that every member of your family has input, everyone is supposed to enjoy the outings. Make sure you take everyone's likes and dislikes into consideration. Some people prefer a warm climate, some prefer the mountains, some prefer water, etc. Communication is the first key! Also don't fall for fads, trends or other people's opinions. Just because someone you work with came back from Europe raving about the time they had, don't have it make you feel guilty if it's not in your time slot or budget to do the same thing.

Don't be discouraged by anything. Maybe you can't co-ordinate time off from work with your partner to go on a vacation. Maybe you have small children that would not be feasible to drag on a 22 hour plane ride. Maybe it's not in your budget to take the whole family surfing in Hawaii. None of these things mean that you can't have summer fun!

The Internet is a great tool - use it. Summer fun comes in many forms. First start with the time frame.

If you only have a day available, see what towns/counties/cities are in your area you have never been to. If you live close to a state line, you can look for towns that are close to adjoining state lines, so you could still go out-of-state for a day!

For a day trip try key words such as: amusement park, nature trail, park, lake, museum, cave, historical site, beach. There are also many family friendly venues that offer concerts during the summer months, many of them at very reasonable prices.

If you want to stay somewhere over night, you can expand your geographical search area a little bit. Just keep in mind you don't want to spend too many hours driving, where you will be too tired to enjoy the actual destination. Some good key words to try are bed and breakfast and historical inns. Those places usually have a website that includes information on what there is to do in the area.

If you have more than two days available, one of my favorite options are cabins. Most of those though require several months booking in advance, but some do offer last minute specials. Cabins come with all kinds of options and in different types of settings, that allow you to tailor them to just about any type of vacation you desire. Whether you are just a couple looking for a romantic time away or a family of six or more, the possibilities are endless.

If you have about a week or more of free time, the sky is the limit. You can travel anywhere a plane goes to. Just keep in mind that those trips take more advance planning, as you will need to have valid passports and you need to research visa and other legal requirements. Don't book too far in advance, as prices are usually higher. If you wait too long however, prices will be high because of the last minute travelers. Try to book your flight tickets around 4 - 6 weeks in advance. You can use a travel agency (probably a good idea if this is your first time), or you can research your own package deals on line through sites like Travelocity etc.

Here are also some general travel tips, that make summer life easier and/or more enjoyable:

- If traveling by car, make sure you check all fluids, tire pressure etc. Keep extra oil, transmission fluid, coolant and water in the trunk. A road emergency kit, jumper cables and spare tires are a must. Make sure all your papers like insurance card, registration, driver's license are all up-to-date and accessible. It's a good idea to also bring bottled water to drink, as well as non-perishable items like crackers, nutritional bars, even apples - well you get the idea. Not only can it keep food costs down, but if you travel with children they tend to want to eat more frequently. If you don't like them eating in the car, they can eat those things while you make those inevitable bathroom breaks!

- If traveling by plane, print out safety and other requirements of your departure and destination airports. You need to know all the constantly updated legalities upfront to avoid unpleasant delays.

- Bring cameras! You definitely want a visible record of the memories that you make. Don't just bring one, even smaller children can operate an inexpensive, disposable camera, plus it will keep them occupied! It will make them feel more part of the whole family too.

Summer is great - get out there and enjoy it!

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Beach, Enjoy, Enjoyment, Family, Family Time, Summer, Summer Break, Summer Fun, Summer Guide, Summer Tips, Travel, Trips

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author avatar Alexandra Heep
I am a freelancer and I can write about any subject. I have a professional background in administration, real estate, marketing, and mortgage post-closing. Other areas of expertise include health and beauty as well as spirituality and self help iss...(more)

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author avatar Retired
3rd Aug 2010 (#)

I love this Alex. Summer's way too short and I want to enjoy every minute:) By the way I'm following you on Twitter now:)

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author avatar Alexandra Heep
3rd Aug 2010 (#)

Thanks! I am following you too, but I guess you knew that :)

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author avatar Retired
3rd Aug 2010 (#)

Thanks Alex, I saw you there:)

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