May 28, 2017

10 Ways to Maintain Tradition When You Travel for Thanksgiving

turkey trotIt’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Only eight days away. Since all of my family is local, we rarely travel for the holiday, but a couple of years ago, we ventured to Orlando to spend a week at Walt Disney World. At first I thought it would be tough to spend Thanksgiving in a hotel room or a vacation rental, but we made it work and brought all of our holiday traditions down to Florida.

I recently had a chance to write about how we kept tradition alive on our Turkey Day escape for HomeAway.com, a popular vacation rental site (we rented a six-bedroom home that year from HomeAway.com for the ten of us). In the blog post, I shared ten ways to incorporate traditional holiday elements, like seasonal decorations and touch football games, into a family Thanksgiving spent away from home. Here are a few of my favorite suggestions:

Run or Walk in a Turkey Trot: We’ve signed up for the local Turkey Trot every year that we’ve lived in our community. When my in-laws moved here six years ago, we registered them for the Turkey Trot too. These are done in towns all across the country and they are a fun way to kick off Thanksgiving.

Go to a Parade: It’s fun to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV, but many towns and communities also put on their own parades complete with floats and marching bands. It can be a real treat when staying in a vacation rental to see how a new town puts on its annual holiday parade for the neighborhood.

Play Board Games: We always have board games, like Candy Land and Apples to Apples, on hand to play as a family while the food cooks on Thanksgiving Day. Fortunately, lots of vacation rentals have board games on hand too to help families enjoy themselves while lounging around in the house.

Enjoy a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal: Of course. Just because you’re not in your own kitchen doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy turkey, stuffing and green bean casserole. Most vacation rentals have fantastic kitchens. Or, order the entire meal from a local supermarket to eat in the dining room.

To check out all ten of my ideas, check out 10 Ways to Keep Tradition Alive During a Thanksgiving Escape on the HomeAway.com website.

Photo Credit: Trinity Church Princeton

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