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The Benefits of Holiday Travel

Have you ever considered taking it on the road over the holidays? No? Why the heck not???

Here are Five great reasons why a holiday AWAY makes perfect sense:

1. Use Fewer Vacation Days
Extending a holiday that most people already have off minimizes the amount of time needed off from work. More bang for your buck! Save those vacation days for later!

2. Step Away from The Hustle Bustle
Holidays can be a source of major stress for families (especially moms) as they juggle preparations, strong personalities of relatives, coordinate meals, shop for gifts and more. A resort getaway helps them put the “pause” on all the planning. Sure, there’s preparation involved, but when the major decision of the day is deciding between the beach or the pool, it doesn’t seem too terribly taxing. Plus…I’m here to help with the planning and preparation…you just pack and go!

3. Create New Family Memories
Wake up early to watch the sunrise over the horizon. Visit a volcano. Explore the local music scene. Try new foods. Visiting a new destination can awaken the possibilities and a sense of adventure in the whole family. Sharing a unique, common experience is one of the best ways to strengthen bonds and create memories that you will all cherish forever.

4. Leave the Housework At Home
For the big holiday dinners, many hotels and resorts also craft special menus for the day to celebrate the occasion. Whether it’s a traditional turkey dinner, or infused with local flavors, it’s sure to be deliciously fuss-free. On Thanksgiving you can be just as thankful for sushi as you would be if you were to have turkey at home. The big bonus is not having to wash any dishes and cleaning the house!

5. Teach an Old, Young Or Young-At-Heart Dog Some New Tricks
Families can take advantage of being in a different environment by soaking up some new knowledge or acquiring a skill. Learn how to surf. Learn some foreign phrases. Explore a local museum. Doing so will help stimulate their brain and body in ways they wouldn’t be able to if they were at home in their comfort zone (AKA in front of the video game screen).

If your kids are a little bit older, you can agree to limit actual gifts this year to just a couple special surprises and put your gift budget towards a fantastic family vacation. Most kids these days have more than enough “stuff” but not enough interaction with their family.

So think about it - but don't think about it for too long because popular destinations are already filling up with other families just like you! Let me help sort through the options and plan your perfect Holiday Escape this year!

On Line Alaska Webinar

Holland America Line and my host agency Gifted Travel Network will be presenting On Line Alaska October 17 at 7:00pm. Please join from the comfort of your home to learn more about cruising to this popular destination.

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