Spring is just around the corner and parents everywhere are starting to think about spring break. Whether your kids are in college or kindergarten, your routine changes when school's out.
Will you take plan a spring break getaway? Travelzoo is a great place to start. Sign up for their weekly email list and you'll be in the know about travel discounts close to home and far away.
The Virginia tourist website will help you find the best destinations for your family, all within a few hours' travel time.
You can visit Richmond, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Charlotte and Washington, D.C. with four hours or less on the road each direction.
Add a couple of hours and you can be at Baltimore, the Outer Banks, Philadelphia or Myrtle Beach. Many families head south for a beach break.
Whether you are planning a long trip, shorter day trips or a few visits to local attractions, you can maximize your family time by planning ahead.
Some parents are able to take the week off or work from home. Some parents take a little extra time off, but can't take the entire week. Some parents don't take any time off.
Whatever your work scenario is, make it work for you. Talk with your partner about what you'd like to do before talking with the kids.
A united front is always a good idea when making plans. Decide on a budget and stick to it. It's easy to let money get away from you when you're on vacation.
If you normally include kids in planning, offer several options for family discussion. In some families, each child has one vote and each parent has two. Other families let each person's vote carry equal weight.
Plan at least one activity or event that each family member will enjoy. If you're planning a road trip, do your research in advance.
Let the older kids spend some time online looking for fun activities at your destination. Once you've made a list of possibilities, you can choose one or two activities for each day.
You can use the same strategy if you're staying in town. Ask your kids about activities they'd enjoy while on spring break.
The Discover Lynchburg website offers information about local attractions including museums, historic sites, outdoor recreation sites and more.
Many of these destinations are great places for weekend trips any time of year. Check out the articles below for more information about spring break road trips and local activities. Enjoy these photos from Myrtle Beach and stay tuned for more spring break news.
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