After all of the presents are opened on Christmas there usually exists another whole week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day for families to take a vacation before school starts up again. Here are some ideas to get away from it all after the hype of the Christmas holiday.
Take a vacation to a log cabin resort in the mountains and find something that will get you to a location out of the way and back to nature. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has a fantastic lodge for winter snowmobiling near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Togwotee Mountain Lodge has trail riding for snowmobiles, snowmobile tours, and even Alaskan sled dog trips. Go shopping in Jackson Hole to take a break from the winter fun. Stay in a room at the lodge or in a log cabin.
Hawaii is great to get away from it all no matter what time of year it is. Visit the Big Island and take a volcano tour with the entire family and see the grandeur of the most active volcano on Earth. Stay in Hilo, the largest city on the island. Shopping for winter time bargains should be easy but book your trip now as Hawaii is a popular destination for people who want to get away from cold weather. Everything is more expensive in Hawaii so plan ahead for that as well.
Have a stay at-home vacation and just see things within a two hour drive of your city. It doesn’t even have to be a day hike or nature trail, but getting out and seeing surrounding towns is a wonderful way to get away from it all without really leaving home. Plus your vacation will be inexpensive and easy to plan. Drive to out of the way places and go shopping in stores you wouldn’t normally see. Research the history of the town name and make it a fun history scavenger hunt for the kids. Most towns will have a listing of kid-friendly activities you can find online no matter where you live.
Many cities have a First Night celebration that brings together an entire community with family fun. Try a First Night celebration in a different city than your home city to take in another place’s art and culture. While you’re there visit local museums, shops, and kid-friendly places like children’s museums. Be as creative as possible and plan things the entire family will enjoy.
Plan a home vacation right in your own house. Decorate your house to look like somewhere else in the world after you research your destination on the internet and home make native art, wall hangings, and maybe even pottery or woven crafts. Learn several key phrases to speak around the house in that country’s native language. It will be your vacation without really having a vacation.