The holidays are quickly approaching and after everything that the last two years have brought on, I think we can agree that we are all deserving of a stress-free vacation. Between the pandemic, vaccinations, and essentially an entirely new way of living, it would be great to go back to the relaxed and care-free lives we once lived and just get away for the holidays. Luckily, no matter what your budget is, you have several great options for travel this year. So, to treat yourself and your family to a much needed getaway, here are some great trips to plan for the holidays this year.
Staycations have become increasingly popular over the last few years as many families have had to get creative with their travel plans. Especially during the pandemic, families lost the luxury of travelling abroad and to popular destinations across the country so instead, they made intentional plans to get away in their own city or home. This is essentially the idea behind a staycation. You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot of money, but you can create an unforgettable family experience right where you are.
If choosing to plan a staycation in your home, go over-the-top with activities and decorations for you and your family. Create a full itinerary with unique things to do each day. Try a game night, an arts & crafts day, or a holiday-specific activity like a gingerbread house building competition. Even when it comes down to the food you eat, avoid your everyday, traditional meals and instead, explore Yelp or Gopuff reviews for some unique food-delivery options. Whether you’re looking for some foreign snacks or 5-star meals, both apps can give you plenty to choose from.
Similarly, if you are planning a staycation at a local hotel or lodge, think outside of the box when planning things to do. This will help to make the trip feel like anything but your city. Check out any museums or attractions near you that you’ve never had the chance to explore before. Anything from an extensive hiking trail to a mysterious escape room can give you the getaway experience you’re looking for, for a fraction of the price.
2. Weekend Getaway
If you’d prefer not to stay so close to home, you can, instead, plan a stress-free weekend getaway. Similar to a staycation, weekend trips will typically come at a lower cost because of the shorter amount of time available. However, that doesn’t make them any less fun!
With weekend trips, you can usually skip all the nitty-gritty details and set up one or two activities to last you and your family throughout the weekend. This is a wonderful opportunity to try out camping or outdoor activities as they will often take up the bulk of a day. You can also explore indoor water parks and amusement parks to keep the kids busy. Additionally, for any dads looking to spoil their woman this holiday season, this is a great opportunity to woo her with a spa retreat while the kids play.
Lastly, depending on how far you plan to travel, you can easily turn your weekend retreat into a road trip to extend the fun beyond the activities. Bringing some snacks, games, and good music on the road can keep the fun going the entire weekend.
3. A Snow Adventure
If you prefer a more traditional winter adventure, you can plan snowy getaway for you and your family. The United States, in particular, has some of the best snowy locations to travel to during the holidays. Colorado is always a popular choice because of its world-class skiing and snowboarding as well as its beautiful winter scenery. There are a plethora of options when it comes to winter activities and conveniently each “ski town” is within a short distance from one another. Aside from skiing rappelling, or snowboarding, you can opt for snow tubing, snowshoeing, or ice fishing if you’re looking for something a little less adventurous. Just make sure you carry protective gears like gloves for rappelling, ski jacket for skiing, trekking shoes, head torch, walking pole, etc. However, aside from all the fun activities, Colorado is filled with some amazing restaurants and bars as well.
On the other hand, Boston, Massachusetts is an excellent choice for those looking for winter weather in a city setting. In Boston, you have much more opportunity to relax and explore popular parks and museums throughout the city. It’s also a great option for families with smaller children as the activities can include ice skating, indoor parks, visiting local zoos and farms, etc. While you can still find some skiing and snowboarding lodges, there is plenty of opportunity to skip all the adventure and just enjoy the snow.
4. A Beach Vacation
While winter is a great season, some of us like to escape the cold with a much-needed beach vacation. Many families take trips to the beach or sunny cities during the summer, but we often forget that this is an option during the winter months as well. Luckily, there are some breathtakingly beautiful spots you and your family can travel to and take advantage of their year-round warm weather.
Within the US, Hawaii is the perfect travel destination for families. Unlike some other warm destinations, its islands have the perfect combination between relaxing beaches, city life, unique history, and pure adventure and activity. The Big Island of Hawaii is where you’ll find the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and learn about the history and geology of some of the active volcanoes on the island. Smaller islands like Oahu, are great places to visit if you are looking for mild temperatures and ample activities. Everything from skydiving, parasailing, and surfing can be done in Oahu and you can also find some authentic Hawaiian food on the island.
5. A Trip to the City
Lastly, while you may not prefer cold or warm weather, you and your family may be looking for some big city adventures for the holidays instead. New York City is the perfect place to find just that! Known for its world-renowned landmarks and cozy atmosphere around the holidays, New York City can give a unique holiday experience that you and your family will never forget.
For some great sight-seeing, take a trip to the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and Central Park for ice-skating. However, if you are looking for some entertaining things to do for the kids, check out Skyscape, Chelsea Piers Sports Complex, and some of the other great museums around the city. Each one is packed with activities for kids of all ages and will certainly keep the adults interested as well.
If you’re looking for some great sports, you can find that in NYC as well. Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center are home to New York’s NBA teams, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets and are popular tourist destinations during the holidays. When it comes to football, the New York Giants and the New York Jets play in the MetLife Stadium right across the bridge in New Jersey.
No matter what you’re looking to do, NYC has a little bit of everything and may be the perfect trip to fit everyone’s needs during the holidays.
Planning a trip for the entire family can certainly be a challenge. But with a little time and patience, you can find the perfect getaway for all of your loved ones this holiday season.