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3 cool fall vacations that wont break the bank

3 Cool Fall Vacations that Won’t Break the Bank

3 cool fall vacations that wont break the bank

Taking a Fall vacation may be the better option for many people- they’re cheaper, they have less of a chance of being overbooked, and you may have more time off work to actually enjoy one. If you are looking for a great fall vacation that won’t break the bank, check out one of these cool options and get to enjoying your time off.

Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park USA

Utah has five national parks and Capitol Reef is the least known — which means it is the least visited. Which also equates to it being the least expensive! If you have ever wanted to see the natural beauty of Utah and get away for a few days, this is the best option for your money.

Book a room at the Lodge at Red River Ranch and enjoy its 2,000 acres of open pastures and beautiful rivers. When you get there, spend an extra $5 for a week long pass to the nearby 3,100-tree orchard, where the cherries, apricots, peaches, and pears are yours to pick at your liking.

While at Capitol Reef, enjoy climbing and hiking, stargazing, and an outdoor concert series by Utah Symphony (in August).

Fredericksburg, Texas

texas hills vineyard

Did you know Texas is the fifth largest producer of wine in the country?

If that lone isn’t a reason to get you to Fredericksburg- which boasts the award-winning Pedernales Cellars – maybe you’d like to visit the city for its authentic German charm. The Roadrunner Inn is cheap and nice, and it sits close to authentic local food. The Marburger Orchard is close by, as well, and allows you to pick your own peaches.

enchanted rock

After all the food and wine, take a walk along the Enchanted Rock or the Gorman Falls in Colorado Bend State Park to enjoy a quiet evening under the stars. For the person looking for a relaxing getaway that won’t demand too much attention, time, stress, or money, this is perfect for you.

Burlington, Vermont

Lake Champlain

If you really love Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, this is the place to be — since it is the headquarters! But there’s more to see than just that in this quaint little town. This town is chic, rustic, and eco-friendly. Check out the Hotel Vermont for great lodging at a fair price, or go a little cheaper and stay at the famed The Little Place Guest House.

For a great dinner (that may be a bit of a splurge) many people recommend the Hen of the Wood, or check out a smaller restaurant along the main strip. After you eat, take a bike ride or a walk along the Island Line Trail. Be sure to visit Lake Champlain and the Shelburne Farms. Enjoy the walking trails and handcrafted cheddar, fresh milk, and event the classes on sheep shearing.

Traveling with Kids

Top Tips for Travelling with Kids

Traveling with Kids

Woo hoo! It’s summer! Maybe you let your homeschool out during the summer or maybe you school year round. It’s still a great time to travel with the family and enjoy the great weather while on vacation.

Here’s a few parent-tested tips for smooth travel with your family:

Ask the Hotel About Child Facilities

Some resorts are built for couples, with lots of spas and romantic nooks. Kids will hate this. You need a resort with plenty of indoor recreational facilities, where they can play safely, and happily. Some hotels will even offer babysitting or child care services, so you can do some shopping or sight seeing on your own, without someone tugging at your knee and saying, “Mommy, can we go now?”

Don’t Overload the Itinerary

Kids get tired more easily, or can rapidly become overstimulated and cranky. Make sure that the itinerary leaves lots of room for resting, snacks, or (if you’re taking toddlers) even naps. Ideally you should only cover two major destinations in one day (one in the morning, another in the afternoon). If you want to see more sights, make arrangements to leave your child to rest in the hotel (see tip number one) and do it on your own.

Bring a “Child Care Pack”

This includes lots of water (kids get dehydrated more easily), an extra change of clothes, and small toys to amuse them at restaurants.

If you are going to a warm place (like a beach or a tropical country) remember that kids are more vulnerable to sunstroke and sunburn. Bring sunblock, a handheld battery-operated fan, and sports drinks (which will help them retain water). Avoid bringing them out in the hottest times of the day.

Choose a Kid-Friendly Itinerary

Consider your child’s age. A toddler will not be able to appreciate a historical tour of the country’s Medieval churches, and even a seven year old may not be able to stay still in a museum.

Look at the places you plan to visit and think, “Will he be able to understand this?” Compare the length of the tour with the average amount of time he can concentrate on one activity. Do this even before you choose a destination

Family vacations are a great way to make those family memories. But without proper planning, it can easily become stressful and disappointing for everyone. So, do yourself a favor and plan ahead!

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