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Take 3 Plan frequent 3-day getaways within 3 hours of home to help de-stress your life. For teens, getting away with the family CAN mean leaving friends for a few days – but it can also mean making new friends – with your family.
Regular vacations, including long weekends, can boost your spirits and keep your family in a relaxed mood when you return. • Studies show the healthiest, happiest people take frequent vacation breaks • Regular time off from work reduces your chance of becoming ill or dying prematurely • Kids grow through the experience of travel • Take 4 short vacations in a year and you’ll have 4 times the fun • Plan a vacation in each season and get into nature’s cycles
Make planning part of the fun • Take a neighborhood family walk and brainstorm for locations for the next trip • Ask the kids to research the destination and suggest activities along the way or when there • Plan activities for the way home too! • Cut out pictures and leave them around the house to help build excitement • Plan the trip for a short drive of 3 hours or less to maximize the time away and minimize the stress of getting back home • Take the scenic drive there and back and extend the vacation
Cost cutters • Travel midweek or off-peak seasons for better rates • Camp out or stay with friends • Bring home-made snacks • Book hotels with refrigerators and cooking facilities
Maximize time away • Vacation at a spot where activities are in walking distance • Focus on finding a variety of sports and activities that everyone can enjoy • Have each family member choose an activity that everyone can participate in • Plan a “no electronics” day (or days) • Recap the day at dinner or in the evening • Play charades to act out the favorite part of the day • Create family legends through storytelling
Maintain memories • Take photos and create a slide show when you return • Shoot specific photos to be used as screensavers • Sketch or paint views, scenes and memorable events and post the artwork around your home • Plan a walk with friends when you return to tell trip tales
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