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Old 04-13-2018, 05:26 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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The obvious reason is that anyone who is in any way tied to the academic school year schedule has a hard time doing too much traveling during the other months. So, anyone who has school-age children, anyone who works at a school in any capacity, and even people tied to universities (although a bit less so than those in primary and secondary schools) often can't take time off from September through May.

Another reason is if you like doing something water-related, many locations are only a real option during the summer. If you want to go swimming in the ocean, anything north of Florida isn't so attractive in January. And places like Minneapolis, Chicago, and Boston aren't ideal in February, either.


For us, this summer, it will be a week at OBX, which is what we generally do every year. We have a wedding to attend in August in Chicago, and my husband can't take much vacation for that wedding, so I'm toying with the idea of driving with the kids from Boston to Chicago and back, stopping at places like Niagara Falls and Grand Haven, MI. Otherwise, we'll be enjoying Boston and close-by parts of New England, since summer is the best time in this area.
One year when I was in elementary/primary school, I had a week-long vacation to Florida, and this was during a non-break. What my teacher decided to do is to give me a special activity packet relating both to the current curriculum and also the trip, which included a day at Disney, two days at Universal Studios (back when Nickelodeon was in its heyday), and a launch of Space Shuttle Columbia. I simply completed it along stops or before/after we'd head somewhere, but it was an enriching experience. I'm not sure how it is today in those lower grades, but of course middle school and up, there's so much important stuff to do that at leas the students can't travel outside of breaks.

But I don't see how adults can't travel without their kids, especially if it involves adult-oriented places like nightclubs, casinos, and certain concerts, since an in-law or other relative can baby-sit them, if they don't get a professional one. It even provides an escape from their little ones as well, and it happens more often than you think. Most game show trips are only for two, meaning that its often just the contestant and spouse if they have children.

Sure, those northern cities aren't ideal if you like warmth in the winter, but unlike places like Nantucket, Door County, or the Northwoods of Minnesota, at least they're lots of things to do, from shopping malls to symphony orchestras to sporting events to indoor concerts to shows at the convention center to fine dining. Sure, some attractions at some of the city parks may shut down and there can be a biting chill when you travel outside, but you still get the urban experience that those cities provide. It's not all sunshine and roses though as many cities in the summer actually slow down of cultural attractions like the performing arts (possibly except for some watered down "summer stock") and even some restaurants/stores cut back a bit due to the owners escaping to their summer retreat. But even during summer itself, there are usually some quieter periods, such as midweek, where it could make sense that you could do the scenic stuff then and the urban stuff (including the park facilities) during the weekends, sort of a "reverse commute" of summer travel plans. And summer (and even more so in early fall) in many spots where people travel to escape to in colder seasons usually have lower rates and airfares.
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Old 04-15-2018, 12:46 AM
 
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WHEW!!!! lol Enjoy
I am telling you, I read and re-read this vacation plan and get haunted - not sure how in the world wil this even happen?
But let's see. Tickets are purchased and vacation rentals are booked - fingers crossed!
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Western, Colorado
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Spain in 2 weeks.
Italy again in June.

Then probably Italy every ~ 6weeks.
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Location: Happy Place
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What are your summer travel (May 1st - Sept 3rd) plans?
Santa Fe
Nashville
Seattle
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Old 04-16-2018, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Not for summer, but we are starting to think about Cambodia for Christmas and New Years. Wife says holidays around the family is too rowdy and chaotic, so we're both looking for peace and quiet.
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Old 04-17-2018, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Huntsville
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Nothing major for this year....

May -
Mobile, AL
Talladega, AL
Nashville, TN

June -
Orlando, FL
Amber Cove, Dominican Republic
St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Grand Turk

July -
Panama City Beach, FL

August -
Stone Mountain, GA
Tupelo, MS
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Old 04-17-2018, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Windsor, CO
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Two road trips, both from NJ to CO:
Road Trips - Berkeley Hts., NJ to Windsor, CO
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Huntsville
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But I don't see how adults can't travel without their kids, especially if it involves adult-oriented places like nightclubs, casinos, and certain concerts, since an in-law or other relative can baby-sit them, if they don't get a professional one. It even provides an escape from their little ones as well, and it happens more often than you think.
I think a lot of adults want to take their kids with them on vacation so that they can enjoy a vacation as a family. That is what we typically do. Our relatives didn't have the kids, so it isn't their responsibility to babysit them so that we can go gallivant. We will go to a concert from time to time, but only for a few hours and usually only if the kids have planned to spend the night with friends.

We take one grown up vacation every 5 years when we take our anniversary cruises. Outside of that, the kids go where we go.
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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Newfoundland was my best vacation ever. You will love it there!


As others have mentioned, I don't understand summer vacations. You get so much more enjoyment and bang for your buck by traveling between Labor Day and June 1st.
For some people, that's the only time they can go. Kids in school, work schedules, teachers, etc. This is a big reason why it's the most common time that people travel.

We should stick to the question, right?
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Old 04-24-2018, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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June 12 to June 25

As hectic and as crazy as it may sound.

Family of 5 vacation trip to NYC (two days), then fly to London (base camp stay due to family and cousins, and visit Stonehenge and Stratford-upon- Avon to see Shakespeare's home and John Harvard's home, who established Harvard University. - they both lived in the same subdivision), catch the train and spend a night and full day in Paris to see Eifel Tower and hopefully NOT too much shopping as my better half is planning a visit to Louis Vuitton- get the train back to London - catch the next day flight to Zurich and drive to Lauterbrunnen and Murren where we intended to stay 4 days in peace and serenity (my favorite part of the trip)

Back to London catch a flight to DC to stay a night in Arlington as my 14 year wants to dine in a specific restaurant - and then catch a flight home. Get a day rest and then, back to work.
Wow. While not as crazy as yours, we are doing something a bit similar.

July 8-13 = going to NYC with my daughter - she goes to a class, I work in our NYC office, but some fun mixed in for sure.
July 13-15 = rest of our family (of 5 total) flying in, enjoy NYC that weekend together
July 15 = we all fly to Lisbon, and stay a week, with a 1-day Porto excursion
July 23 = fly back to NYC, 3 hour layover, fly home
back to work on the 24th
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