Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, all provide my family extended time off their work and school schedule to get away. While we typically don’t like to travel during peak travel times, I must admit that we’re looking forward to some time away from home. The only problem is deciding where to go. There are plenty of popular destinations ideal for family holidays. Last year, we enjoyed Orlando but this time, we’re seeking something a little bit off the beaten path.
Unlike years past, I feel under a bit of pressure to plan the perfect getaway. My kids are getting older, with one planning to go to the military, and another planning to head to the mission field within the next year. This vacation could possibly be our last one together while the kids are still under our roof. And yes, the thought chokes me up a bit.
If you have kids, you can probably understand why I feel this trip needs to be incredible. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve traveled enough to know that things typically don’t go off without a hitch, but in the end, my family has always walked away with amazing memories. Good or bad, our travel memories allow us enough material that we are guaranteed moments to laugh, cry, and reminisce over for years to come.
We can’t decide if we should consider another visit to a favorite family location like Biltmore Estate, Chincoteague, Virginia Beach, New York City, Washington DC or Seattle, but none of these are “off the beaten path”. We need to visit some place new.
If you were planning a special family getaway, where would you go and what would you do once you got there? I’d love to hear some suggestions.
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