One of the best ways to have a last-minute #summer #getaway with Kkids is to pick a convenient destination and pile into the car with a cooler full of snacks and drinks. VacationIdea suggests exploring family-friendly destinations such as Myrtle Beach, Sonoma, Santa Fe and other historic/interesting mid-size cities across the county. Gas prices have receded from their record highs, so you can simply pick a location within a day’s drive, arrange accommodations (maybe with a pool) and take off. Even a long weekend away can refresh the whole family and fight those back-to-school blues. If you want to get back to #nature rather than stay in hotels, there are plenty of campsites throughout the country where you can rough it, see the stars and get some fresh air inexpensively. #LastMinuteSummerTravel
#Summer isn’t officially over for five more weeks, so if you don’t have kids in school there’s time to book an inexpensive #flight to destinations across the country. Remember that airfares on most domestic carriers except for Southwest go up three weeks ahead of departure, however, and plan accordingly. To save money when booking, try searching for two one-way flights instead of a round-trip, says Scott’s Cheap Flights, and always check alternate dates and nearby airports. Depending on the destination, midweek flights may be cheaper, and factor in all fees when picking a flight — if an airline offers a $200 roundtrip but adds $30 each way in baggage and other fees, for example, a $250 flight that includes bags is the cheaper option. #LastMinuteSummerTravel
If you’re craving a last-minute #getaway to close the summer on a high note, there’s still time to book a long weekend in #vacation hotspots such as Las Vegas, New Orleans and Myrtle Beach. But if you want something a little less crowded (and likely less expensive, too), Budget Travel suggests, consider destinations such as Bangor, Maine; Portland, Ore.; and Cleveland, Ohio a try; all have a range of lodging, dining and outdoor activities to try. For a more international escape that’s not too far from the U.S., try the Bahamas, Cancun or Guatemala; it’s the off season and you may be able to take advantage of last-minute deals without having to book an overly long flight. #LastMinuteSummerTravel
The days are getting shorter, kids are returning to school and evening temperatures are starting to cool somewhat. And you still haven’t been to the beach? No worries, Travel & Leisure says — there are options from sea to shining sea. Southern California offers sandy beaches throughout the year, though water temperatures can get cold in the winter months. The Atlantic Coast offers beaches from Maine to Florida, and the Gulf Coast offers more beaches and sport fishing. Further inland, there’s the Great Lakes, New York’s Finger Lakes and thousands of smaller lakes just waiting for you to pull up with a lounge chair and a good book. Plan your last #summer trip now, though, so you don’t miss out on the rest and relaxation or wind up paying more to #travel. #LastMinuteSummerTravel
Just like you’d winterize your home by putting out extra blankets and burning scented candles, you can #summerize your space by bringing a #cooler, lighter touch to your furnishings, says L’Image Design Studio. First, eliminate excess #knickknacks that make your space feel #cluttered or constricting. Opt for lighter colors and swap out heavy, dark blankets and comforters for lighter ones. Give your houseplants some outdoor time. Wash the windows and replace heavy drapes with sheers. And finally, store any off-season items you won’t be using in labeled bins or donate them if you don’t foresee using them again.