CAT | Travel Tips & Advice
May 22, 2013
With our next big family vacation not scheduled until the fall, I have been looking for smaller trips to consider for the summer. We are lucky to live in a region packed with state, local and national parks and I sometimes forget that there are fantastic things to do right around the corner. Somehow a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park seems less exotic when it is 30 minutes away, despite the fact that we haven’t been recently.
The best part about park trips is that they are always affordable, educational and fun!
Here are some resources to get you started:
We are starting at Rocky Mountain National Park. What is your first stop?
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Almost every trip has a day or two of less than perfect weather. Don’t let these ruin the vacation – plan ahead to make even rainy days fun.
- Pack rain gear – even to sunny destinations. Rain coats are a must for every trip! Use travel space bags to compact them into an easy to pack size.
- Rain boots are bulky. As an alternative pack water resistant shoes like Crocs or sandals – they compress practically flat and can be worn on non-rainy days as well. At a minimum travel with at least two pairs of shoes (to give a soggy pair time to dry) and bring an extra pair of socks site-seeing.
- Make it fun. It rained one evening at Disney during the extended hours. While the families around us were grumbling and heading for the exits, we started splashing in puddles and generally having a good time (it helps that we live in Denver where it rarely rains – my kids were thrilled to be wearing raincoats and playing in the rain!). Within half an hour the rain had stopped and we had the park virtually to ourselves. This is still a moment our kids still remember and talk about.
- Pack indoor activities for use in the hotel room. A few travel sized games – dominos, Travel Camp or even just old-fashioned card games - can make a rainy day into fun family time together.
- Have some back-up activities. Is there a museum, movie theater or even a shopping mall you can visit to get out of the hotel for a while? It may not be on the top of your list but relax and enjoy anyway.
- Known the climate – is your destination known for afternoon showers? Plan your day around these showers – either by stopping for a snack during the shower or heading to the hotel for a quick break.
What are your tips for surviving rainy vacation days?