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Travel Tip For Today

Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes as well as a pair of sandals or Tevas. Before you leave home, break in your new shoes so you're not uncomfortable on the road.

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Combination Family Summer Vacations


ith summer already scratching at our doors, many families are beginning to think of ways to manage their next vacation. It seems that the major issues that surface during these times concern both time and financial constraints. A valuable way to address these concerns, Iíve found, is to combine a vacation with other family projects.a small blue bird Some of the best trips Iíve ever taken with my family have been themed around separate, unrelated things that we had been wanting or needing to do and we simply took the opportunity to turn these things into a full-on adventure. Contact to find some wonderful family orientated places to stay on your way.

Oftentimes, visits to family and friends can easily become part of a larger trip. You can also take advantage of journeys to areas of academic or work interest to see what they would be like to live in and to take a few days to explore the surrounding areas. While planning a vacation, you donít always have to search for faraway, exotic destinations. Sometimes, those more local (or at least nearby) attractions, like sites of cultural interest and natural beauty, make for the perfect affordable family travel vacation and are usually the attractions that you had always set aside, just waiting for the time when you couldnít think of anything better to do, but why not make them the main attraction!

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I can think of one special family travel vacation to the Ozarks in Missouri that didnít sound all that thrilling initially. All it took was a little bit of research on and we discovered an exciting world filled with Native American history, incredible mineral caves, lakes, springs, and crafts and cultural festivals; all within a few hours drive from home! Not surprisingly, this family travel vacation became one of our best ever. a beautiful waterfall nestled within the ozarksIt was a road trip that involved lots of careful packing, a big picnic basket, and many stops along the way. For example, we pulled off the highway to hit features such as the ancient site of Cahokia Mounds, many quaint villages (think Mark Twain), and the Missouri State University campus in Springfield Missouri (thinking ahead of those tweens in the car and college coming up). While in Springfield, we just couldnít resist a stop at the Bass outlet store. Eureka! Lots of wonderful fishing gear for our lake adventures to come. Finally, we ended with a long week at a cabin very near Lake of the Ozarks, which not only turned out to be quite economical but also a whole lot of fun.


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Thank you that is such wonderful advice...we too have had many family vacations that have started out with trips to explore possible new colleges and have ended up being such fun with all our family involved. You can certainly see some wonderful and unexpected sights on these road trips.

Jane Smith, Virginia.

Thank you Pamela for all your ideas. You have inspired my wife and I to take a long road trip this summer while taking our son to his new college. We are planning a different route there this time and hope to take in the many wonderful sights along the way there.

Mallard Cross, Oregon

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