When it’s a blustery winter wonderland outside, our kids collectively cross their fingers and hope for a snow day. But before we know it, they won’t be thinking about just one day off from school: They’ll be anticipating an entire week off, and asking, “Mooommm, where are we going for spring break?”
Just thinking about spring break could stop you in your tracks if you’re still mired—at least in your mind—in snow and ice. But if you haven’t begun, much less finalized, spring break plans, take heart. There’s still time.
The first thing to consider is whether you’ll fly or drive. Although booking flights early is best, with the entrance of AirTran and Allegiant airlines into the Grand Rapids market you may still be able to score a decent price if your heart is set on flying to warmer climes like Bermuda or Cancun, says Christie Roels, manager of Protravel International in Ada, Michigan. “You can also get a charter service out of Lansing or Detroit,” said Roels, “which makes it more affordable for people in Grand Rapids.”
But for lots of families in West Michigan, it’s most cost-effective to drive. In addition, says Nedra McDaniel, wife of a West Michigan native and founder of the family travel blog www.adventuremomblog.com, road trips give families the freedom to make the drive part of the adventure. “I love using the Roadside America app to find unique destinations along the way,” said McDaniel. “On one trip, we took a short detour for a photo op with two of the world’s largest bats!”
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Written by: Kirsetin Morello
Photo by: Visit Florida, Peter W. Cross, Sun-n-Fun Lagoon