One of the frustrations of having an 8-5 desk job in an urban centre is that you can hardly go away for a holiday with the family whenever you want – that privilege is reserved for the big boss. That means waiting for your annual leave to come through and then hitting the road. But vacations taken once a year don’t stick in the kid’s minds; rather, they do, but in the wrong way, as the only time they get to experience something new. What’s the solution? Take a day trip. Find a nice spot that is easily accessible from your living location and office, and take a quick day trip or a weekend trip. Come back home in time to re-start your work on Monday, refreshed and recharged from time spent relaxing. Here are some suggestions for those in big cities around the world.
New York, USA
Although The Hamptons are the most famous location associated with day-tripping in New York, USA, it is too expensive for the majority of the population in the country. In fact, real-estate in The Hamptons is one of the highest in the nation. Instead, take your family to Poughkeepsie, the quiet little suburb that boasts the Mohonk Mountain House, a Victorian castle now renovated as a historic hotel. There are hiking trails in the forests around the castle, bike riding, boating and even golf and can be a fun outing for the whole family.
The hustle of the city can get so tiring sometimes, that you might feel like putting up your apartment for sale; Kiama is only two hours away by rail, one hour away by car and this quiet beachside resort town is calling your name. The famous Kiama Blowhole is sure to keep the family entertained, but if that fails, the kids will perk up at the Jamberoo Action Park when they see the water-based rides.
If your family likes the adrenaline, go to the highest zip line in Australia, at Illwarra national rainforest and zip line your way over the canopy for amazing views. You will wish you had put your apartments in kiama is the ultimate family staycation.
There are a multitude of destinations that you can choose for a day trip like Stonehenge, Stratford-upon-Avon or the Cotswolds, but if you have kids then the best option would be the Warner Bros. Studio Tour of Leavesden studios, where the Harry Potter films were made. Only two and a half hours away from London by road (1 hour by rail), this place will awaken your inner child and let you indulge in whimsy and fantasy for a day before getting back to the grind of boring reality. Even better, adults act like 5-year-olds given candy for Christmas and this is considered completely normal!