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December 22, 2014

6 Ways to Freshen Up a Favorite Vacation Destination

Are you stuck in a vacation rut? According to Cheapflights, 85 percent of Americans who took part in a recent survey said they are more likely to return to a favorite destination than visit a new vacation spot. Among the top repeat destinations are Florida, Las Vegas, the Caribbean, California and Hawaii.

I’ll be honest, while I like to explore new places, I definitely see the value in re-visiting destinations I already know my kids will enjoy, like Walt Disney World and Ft. Lauderdale (where my snowbird in-laws live). There’s very little guesswork involved as well as minimal grousing about what we’ll do or where we’ll go each day.

So, while there’s nothing wrong with going back to the same cities, why not shake things up by exploring new attractions, restaurants and activities. It’s easy to freshen up your favorite vacation spots on your next getaway with these six tips guaranteed to add more fun for your family.

Sign Up for Daily Deal Alerts. Sign up to receive daily deal alerts from Groupon, LivingSocial, and any other local daily deal services specific to the city you plan to visit. I’m frequently finding out about new restaurants and attractions, even for my own hometown, and everything is at a discount. It’s a win-win.

Pick up the Local Newspaper. Once you arrive, buy a copy of the local newspaper. It’s a bonus if you can get a Friday edition with the weekend section. Scan through and you should find local entertainment and family activities galore.

Search for Free Stuff to Do. Do a quick Google search for “free things to do” and the name of the city you plan to visit. You’ll be surprised at how many fun free events and attractions are retrieved, even at hot spots like Walt Disney World where you may expect that everything worth doing has a fee.

Take a Local Tour. You can often learn so much more about a vacation spot by taking a tour either by bus, on a bike, by foot or on a segway. Check in with the local visitors bureau to ask about area tours. Also, Context Travel offers tours just for families that are definitely worth exploring.

Visit a State or National Park. When you travel to a repeat vacation spot, it’s easy to stick to going to your favorite beach or amusement park each day, but add a little variety by going to a state or national park in the area. Check out a couple of posts I did here and here with loads of activities to do at parks.

Get the Right Smartphone Apps. Look for fun apps, like It Happened Here, which uses your phone’s built-in GPS to share historical events and memorial movie scenes that happened nearby (select cities only). Or, try Taking the Kids NYC for three great kid-friendly walking routes around New York.

What do you like to do to freshen up a favorite vacation destination? Let me know in the comments section.

Photo Credit: ysella

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.  However, the views and opinions expressed here are my own. 


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