Dear TBB: Help! Vacation is coming!

April 26, 2018, by Sheila DelCharco

Happy Thursday and welcome back to Dear TBB!  

Do you have a question you'd like to get different women's opinions on? We are happy to give you our two cents! 

Today's two questions deal with vacations. With summer just around the corner (well, it is down here in the deep south!), it's time to start thinking about vacations: where to go, what to do, and what books to bring! 

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This week's panel is Carrie from A Stylish Fit, Deena from Shoes to Shiraz, and Sheila from Making the Most of Every Day

My family is looking for some fun family vacations this summer - recommendations?

Carrie:   I've recently discovered Travel Zoo. Hello, where has it been all of my life?They have great deals and feature the Top 20 on the app. As I've perused their deals, I have seen lots of all-inclusive deals that are family friendly and many times include airfare.  My other suggestion would be to plan some time to see great sights in the States. For example, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, The Black Hills, etc. Or if those are too far and pricey, find something close to home or in your own state. 

DeenaI’m Canadian, so unless you’re planning on travelling up north, I may not have the best suggestions- so I’m going to make it generic…I would suggest exploring your area- you may be surprised to see how many random places there are around you that are cost-friendly and absolutely stunning.  I plan on picking a couple of provincial parks and hikes this summer that we have never done so that we can see more of our beautiful province.

Sheila: If you are traveling with a family, I highly recommend looking at vacation home rentals such as VRBO or AirBnB. Having a home rather than a hotel room gives you first of all, a kitchen. That way you can easily get breakfast and lunches together for the family for a fraction of the cost of eating out for every meal. Secondly, kids will sleep better if they have their own room (parents will too!) If you are in one hotel room, sleeping is over when the first person wakes up. 

Another inexpensive way to vacation (and I admit it's not for everyone) is camping. I blogged about camping HERE on the Blended Blog in case you want to give it a try. 

Try going to the library to look for travel books for your state or an adjacent state to get ideas of things to explore. If you are a history buff, you could look for historical places. If you love nature, explore some state or national parks. If you are a foodie, see what town or city is not too far away and look at TripAdvisor or Yelp for places to eat! For a fun travel podcast, check out the travel section of The Simple Show. (Such great ideas!!)

I am looking for some great books to read on vacation!

Carrie:   I'm going to be really honest here and say my favorite easy reads are always Children's Literature and especially Historical Fiction. I can recommend The War That Saved My Life and its sequel. The Boy on the Wooden Box was another favorite. My favorite recent adult read was The Orphan Train. 

DeenaWhen on vacation I like reading brainless, light reads that make me feel happy in the end.  My favourite picks for authors would be Sophie Kinsella and Jenny Colgan.  I love books that come in a series too for vacation.  

Sheila:  I always travel with a TON of books because I have this hope that time on vacation will stretch and I will get a ton of reading done. Plus I don't know what I'll be in the mood for! I tend to stick to fiction when I'm on vacation. A few of my recent reads that would be great on vacay are Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center, or The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos. For travel-related non-fiction, I really enjoyed Lassoing the Sun by Mark Woods. If you like mysteries, try Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache series. Book one is Still Life.  

For a great read-aloud (it helps to make the time go more quickly in a car!) try Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan (for 8 years old and up) or Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle  by Betty MacDonald (for younger children). 

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