Vacations are something most people look forward to every year. Whether you are planning a “staycation” or an “awaycation,” going somewhere alone or taking the family, you can have a great experience when you plan ahead. No matter where you choose to go, there are some things you can find to do that will please everyone. Here are six activities you can plan now and do on your next vacation.
1. Have a Picnic
Whether you stay home or travel to another city, having a picnic in the park can be a relaxing experience that allows you to take a breath and look at the city around you. Find a grocery store, stock up on meats, cheeses, rolls, fruit, and drinks for the perfect meal under the limbs of towering trees.
2. Drive the Road
Taking a road trip to local area sights can widen your available vacation experience. Whether it is a day trip or a weekend jaunt, you may be amazed at how much there is to see in the hills, valleys, and dells of the area.
3. Walk a Tour
Most large towns or cites are proud to show off their culture and history, and the easiest way to do that is to offer walking tours or bus excursions. Some of the tours are free, and others are offered on a nominal basis, but they can all be filled with information you might never have found out on your own. The tour guide often has hidden insights, understands the area’s shops, and can give you directions to quaint, but delicious area bistros. New York City has some awesome food tours.
4. Find the Music
If you live in a large town, you know there are always musicians wandering, standing, or strolling through the parks, along the streets, or visiting the street corners. Sometimes you can find free venues that can provide several hours of a variety of music, while other times, you may find yourself drawn into a building to listen to a band with a minimal cover charge of a drink or two.
5. Eat the Food
No matter where you are, there are local shops that feature the area’s regional cuisine. From specialty sandwiches to local seafood to unheard of desserts, you can find something to please any palate. If you don’t know where to begin, ask your concierge or tour guide about local eateries. From a hole in a wall diner to a four-star restaurant, most cities have it all.
6. Visit a Museum
You may have an image of a stuffy building filled with ancient relics when you think of a museum, but that isn’t the case anymore. Using the latest methods in technology, museums can bring creatures to life, let you interact with exhibits, and invite you to embrace new thoughts and ideas on history. Some museums even have free adventure days that can save you money.
No matter where you choose to vacation, if you plan ahead and know what you want to do before you get there, you won’t feel disappointed when your precious days of sightseeing are done. Remember, your time away is yours, and you can spend it however you wish, so if you choose to stay inside, binge watch movies and order food, feel free. Doing something different is what vacations are all about.