Are you feeling some wanderlust? Have you been cooped up for too long and you want to go exploring? Maybe you got a great camera for Christmas and want to go test it out. Or maybe you bought a great pair of hiking boots that you want to break in before you go on a really big hike. Or maybe you just want to go kick up your heels and have some fun.
Whatever your reason, it’s time to look into a day trip.
Chances are, there are really fun things to do within a 25 mile radius of your home that you didn’t know about. Why? Because you live there and it would never occur to you to look for what a tourist wants.
So, let’s play tourist for a day and have some fun.
Road Trip Tips
First, if you have kids and you’ll be driving in the car, you’ll need to plan ahead.
Here are some tips to keep everyone happy and well-fed for traveling:
- Bring books and music that the whole family will enjoy, and don’t forget about classic games such as “I Spy” and “Go Fish.”
- When packing food for a day trip, keep it simple. Fill a cooler with a variety of sliced fruits and veggies stored in plastic baggies for hassle-free munching. Include drinkable yogurts, individually wrapped cheese slices and granola bars.
- If a long road trip is in store, plan for several stops throughout the day. Giving kids – and parents – time outside of the car will help everyone stay energized throughout the drive.
A Local Day Trip
Are you the mother of a teenage girl? No matter how close of a relationship you may have with your daughter, it may feel as if you are spending way too much time apart. Instead of traveling, make your day trip at an all day spa.
Look for a day spas equipped to handle pairs or even groups (if you have more than one daughter).
Apps to Help You Find Fun
Let your smart phone do the heavy lifting to find events nearby. There are some apps that also tell you where to eat like a local.
This site has links for apps to help you find the best places for hikes and camping.
Think Like A Tourist
Finally, go to your local library and look for a guide like Fodor’s to see what they recommend doing in your area.
Don’t wait to go do the silly things that only the tourists do. Play tourist for a day and make some silly memories.