Traveling with the family can bring about some of the most exciting and memorable vacations, and the Internet is the perfect place to do some “ahead of time” planning and research. Your biggest problem will be all the chocies Minnesota travel makes available! So, how does one choose the perfect destination? Budget, location, activities and amenities are all factors that help determine a location the whole family will enjoy. The following four Minnesota travel tips will get even the most inexperienced travelers on the road to their ideal summer vacation in 2006.
1. First and foremost: Plan ahead. Lodging accommodations can be sold out or unavailable by early summer — especially in the most popular regions of the state. Chamber of Commerce Web sites and sites like Explore Minnesota make finding destination activities and outings simple. Getting your entire family excited about a trip can be as easy as spending 30 or 40 minutes on the computer looking at sites that bring the destination alive, and you never had to leave home.
2. Second on your list of priories: elect appropriate lodging. Minnesota bed and breakfast inns often advertise special lodging packages, click here to view any that may be available today. The amount saved on lodging may allow more of the vacation budget for activities and area attractions.
3. Finding the perfect accommodations for your family requires: you to be as specific as possible. Searching on the Internet for specific requirements that you have will provide much more fruitful and productive results. The more specific the search, the better the results. For instance, a search for “St. Paul Family Vacation” will provide much more relevant results than a search for the term “Minnesota vacation”. And, as always, the Minnesota Bed & Breakfast Association’s Web site has our inns listed by City, Inn Name and Region. Minnesota has 4 distinct regions, they are: Heartland or North Central West, Arrowhead or Northeast, Southern, and Metro.
4. Don’t let the pre-teens and teenagers mope you to death. Nothing can ruin an otherwise excellent family vacation quicker than a teen determined to whine and mope throughout the trip. Allow these young people to assist with the planning of the trip — Engaging in an activity or event you know they like can save wear and tear on your emotional well-being. A fun destination can put a smile on even the most perpetually bored teen, and often turn them to an active and willing participant for the vacation experience. Keep your trip alive with adventure: rafting, mountain biking, canoeing, swimming, boating, skiing, fishing, horseback riding, and just about any other type of outdoor activity you can think of.
The innkeepers of Minnesota all know their communities very well and they are your best allies when there is an activity hole to fill in short notice! Plan, pack for adventure, and enjoy the beautiful state of 10,000 lakes!
Author: Amelia Painter is a staff writer for Bed & Breakfast America and travels often with her husband to interview innkeepers and speak at hospitality or tourism conferences. View more of her writing at: www.ameliawrites.com >