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Published on July 16, 2013

Keeping Up With the Joneses (Vacation)

Great Summer Getaways Without the Guilt

“Mom! Annie’s family is going to Hawaii this summer! Where are we going for vacation??”

It’s that time of year again. The school year has wrapped, the sun is out and expectations are high for an unforgettable summer escape. The kind of vacation that will delight every member of the family. A trip that will give the kids bragging rights at school. No pressure, right?

Unforgettable summer vacations don’t have to break the bank or require days of travel. In fact, some of the most incredible trips are closer and cheaper than you think.

The key to success (and familial adoration)? Focus on your family’s core interests instead of the cost, distance or “wow factor” of the trip. Think about it: some of your best memories didn’t happen at a four-star resort or exotic beach. Chances are, your entire crew was happiest when roughing it under the stars, or playing in a hotel pool on the way to grandma’s house.

Try one of these easy, local trips: 

  • Are your little ones itching for uninterrupted swim time? Skip a pricy and remote trip to the ocean. Plenty of Northern Wisconsin lakes feel a million miles from the everyday and have campgrounds and cabin rentals steps from the water.
  • Be a tourist in your own state. Wisconsin is home to a number of interesting towns that offer history, relaxation and playtime close to home. Travel Wisconsin makes it easy to enter your interests and create a custom itinerary that won’t require tons of time in the car. 
  • Sports fan in the family? An exciting game is closer than you think. Regional baseball games put you right in the action, for much less than a major league park. Fun, themed games can make the outing extra special.

Are your favorite vacation memories from trips that were close to home? What local escapes are on your “must list” this summer? Tell us below and have a great (local) summer!

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