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These are different times, but it sure seems like summer vacations are going to be a go. This upcoming season can definitely be counted on to create lifetime memories, whether you take off for a few weeks or opt for short excursions.  One thing is for sure, though: A little planning truly goes a long way!

Keep reading for a few of our favorite tips:

Check with the chamber of commerce or CVB (convention and visitors bureau) for the nearest big city

More than likely they’ll have an online presence, where you can tap into their local tourism offerings and find out what the best activities are for kids. Chances are they’ll have a children’s museum with tons of hands-on activities, a zoo, or an aquarium (or both!) as well as a water park (if it’s warm enough!) They’ll also be more than happy to steer you in the direction of any new things to do in the area.

The big indoors, the big outdoors

Big cities are great for all ages but are especially fun for older children, who can take in a Broadway play or the premiere of a new movie. No matter their age, though, kids can’t resist an overnight stay at a hotel. These days, however, they’ll need more than a pool to keep them happy, so look for those that offer a range of activities for all ages, including tennis lessons, all the latest gadgets, and even acrobat training! Another option: a stay at a dude ranch, definitely fodder for great “what I did this summer” essays when school starts up. And, if your budget has no objections, you might want to take a look at these top-notch family-friendly resorts—a great pick for larger families.

Consider hitting the road in an RV

Renting an RV motorhome allows you to bring all the comforts of home with you on the road. Kids can bring their favorite toys (within reason, of course!) and stay connected with mobile Internet services. A word about that, though: you might want to make sure they’re using it to record their trip rather than getting away from it. There’s nothing like living in the moment. In an RV, cities, towns, and national parks are yours to explore. Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone… Take your pick. But if you’re looking for the path less trodden, check out this list of most overlooked national parks for a new perspective.

No matter where you travel, make sure you take along your SkyMed family membership, which picks up where traditional travel insurance picks up and includes vehicle return, minor children return, pet return, and more! It’s affordable peace of mind that’s priceless should you need it!

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