As you perhaps may have gathered by my post yesterday, I’m not exactly siced over today’s inaguration. But rather than cry about it, I’m going to suggest getting away and having a good ol’ time. Even if it’s just 2 days. Weekend getaways I think are underrated, especially if you have kids.
Singles and childless couples get away all the time and though I admit it’s probably a whole lot easier, it doesn’t have to be that much harder for families. Think about it, it’s only one (or two) night(s) away, but it can be exactly what you need. A change of scenery can do wonders.
So in order to make this more enjoyable and less frustrating, here are 3 things to consider:
Think places like Great Wolf Lodge, whereby once you park your car, you don’t have to go back until it’s time to drive home. All your food and entertainment is pretty much under one roof. You don’t want to have to stress about what everyone’s going to eat, where to find food places, etc. That alone will minimize your stress levels.
Weekend getaways don’t have to be a 6-hour drive out of town. Just the thought of keeping kids entertained in the car for that long will probably make you just want to stay home. Unless you have the pleasure of driving them all in a 2017 Kia Sportage of course *wink*.
I find that often locals don’t necessarily bother to look up hidden gems in terms of places to go and things to do. It’s tourists that know they have a limited time to make the most of their stay that research funky little spots you’ve never heard of. So Google your surroundings. You might just be surprised at what you find.
K.I.S.S. (keep it simple sistah)
Again, knowing you have to go back to work on Monday, you don’t want to overextend yourself. A weekend getaway is supposed to be enriching and not entirely exhausting. I will admit, doing nearly anything with children, particularly young ones has some degree of exhaustion to it, lol. However, the enriching part should make it worth your while. Just sleeping on some freshly ironed linens and knowing you don’t have to make the bed after can be a great start to the day. (You’ll want to research those hotels, and utilize apps like Groupon). You may have to dig, but discounts are out there.
Keep your excursions to a minimum. A website might list the top 10 things to do in a city, but all you need is 2. A morning one, and an afternoon one. Give yourself the evening to relax, regroup, and recoup. A family game of Heads Up or Outbursts are fun activities with the perks of no board or tiny pieces to keep track of since they’re both played on your phone.
Hopefully these few and simple tips help you enjoy and make the most of your weekend.