Four ideas for travel in the new year

January 2, 2011 

As you look to the new year, consider how travel will mix into your family’s plans and priorities. Ponder these ideas.

1. EMBRACE THE ARTS

Consider giving art, music and theater a front seat in your travel planning. Introduce your children to the tunes from your youth or that of your parents. Choose an art gallery or festival in a neighboring city or state and make it the cornerstone of a long weekend. Plan a trip to see a great play or performance in another region. Organize a visit with friends or family and ask them to recommend art events in their community. Then attend together. Including art in your travels will enrich the memories for all.

Contact: www.nea.gov/resources/disciplines/index.html; www.discoveramerica.com/ca/activities.html.

2. SEEK ADVENTURE

Talk with your family about what adventure means to them. For some, pitching a tent in a nearby campground will be pushing the envelope. Others will want to explore Alaska’s backcountry. Have a look at the Traveler’s Century Club list of countries and set a goal for visiting a faraway place. Do something different. Change your routine.

Whichever adventure style suits your crew, explore your country and beyond.

Contact: www.travelalaska.com; adventure.national geographic.com/adventure/; www.travelerscenturyclub.org.

3. FIND THE DEALS

Don’t let prices keep you at home. Plenty of deal websites list two-for-one offers or percentage discounts. Check last-minute travel sites. Don’t be shy about asking hotels and resorts for their best rate. Cruises continue to offer value at reasonable prices for families of varying interests and ages.

Contact: www.travelzoo.com; www.lastminutetravel.com; www.cruisesonly.com.

4. TAKE A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE

This will be a special year to visit New York City. As always, there are scores of ways for a family to plan a visit to the city. Focus on art, music, historic sites, theater, shopping, dining or nature. This year, the Statue of Liberty marks its 125th birthday. And the nation and world will share in recognizing the 10th anniversary of one life- altering event: the National September 11 Memorial at Ground Zero will open on that day.

Contact: www.national 911memorial.org; www.nyc go.com.

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