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How do you define “the perfect day”? Would you lace up your hiking boots and explore the trails, or grab your wallet and hit every antique store within 75 miles? Perhaps your idea of a perfect day is soaking in the sun from your beach chair with a view, or a soaking in a bit of history in museums. No matter your favorite way to spend the day, there are plenty of reasons to take a day trip, and an infinite number of destinations. So get out your calendar and get inspired as we look at the fourth installment in our Everyday, BETTER! series — “D” is for Day Trip!Need great reasons to take a #daytrip & some great ideas? Here you go! #explore Click To Tweet
Why are day trips a good thing?
Day trips are low key. If you don’t like to leave the house without a 7-point itinerary scheduled to the hour, then by all means, plan your day to your heart’s content! But perhaps you have had one of those weeks that has left you wanting to pay attention to anything except a detail; in that case, just see where your car goes. Remember the classic “Sunday afternoon drives”? There is something to be said for the relaxation that comes from meandering around and finding yourself in some surprising location!
Day trips are low risk. So you went hiking and halfway up the mountain the bottom fell out of the skies. Or all of your pictures of that gorgeous vista were out of focus. Maybe you mapped out the perfect route of antique shops, and they turned out to be total junk-tique havens (with a capital J!). No worries, your little “oops” doesn’t mean you’ve lost months of saved money and ruined that perfect vacation you’ve been planning.
You’re allowed to be cheap (without looking cheap!). By definition, day trips don’t involve lodging costs. You may even be able to take your own food (picnic, anyone??). There are many ways to have a whole lot of fun for a little amount of money.
Day tripping is a great boredom buster. Even the most creative and industrious folks get tired of being creative and industrious. And those who prefer to spend the weekends napping get tired of napping, too. It doesn’t matter what you are doing, a day out of the ordinary can be amazingly energizing. Our latest day trip? A trip to a buffalo “farm.” Yep, lots of pregnant bison, and an invitation back next month to see the baby buffs!
Spontaneity is king — and queen! It’s 10 AM on Saturday morning, you look at each other and decide there’s still time to get to that great little restaurant on the bay while they are still serving brunch. And the hassle of packing for your little getaway?? Ha, forget that! Grab your keys and wallet and you’re good. Well, you’ll want your sunglasses, phone, and lipstick, too, but let’s not get nick-picky! 😉
What to do & where to go on your day trip?
So many possibilities for day trips surround us! Here is just a sampling of things that may be found in your area, with some specific links to places in the Washington, DC (USA) area.
For unique ideas and great prices, do a quick search for your area on Groupon. They almost always have someplace you haven’t tried!#Daytrips - a whole lot of fun for a little bit of money! #goexplore Click To Tweet
Outdoor Activities. If you are the active type with a love of the outdoors, your options are almost endless! If you aren’t particularly “outdoor-sy,” you may want to give one of these activities a try anyway (after all, it’s just a day! 😉 ).
- horseback riding
- whitewater rafting (one of my personal favorites!)
- fishing (oh my, we had the best time fly fishing in the Shenandoah — and I don’t fish!)
- paddle boarding
- exploring state parks
Shopping. For some of us, retail therapy is real therapy. Whether a brand new pair of shoes at a bargain price makes your heart race, or an abandoned chair inspires your imagination, there is no limit to your options.
- “junking” — thrift shops, flea markets, salvage and consignment shops
- outlet malls
- winery tours
- mountain drives or hikes
- lakes for swimming or just a picnic on the shore
- a day at the ocean
- “birth places” such as Mt. Vernon or Monticello
- amusement parks
- downtown city areas
Some of our best memories were made on day trips! We once took a day off work and went into Washington, DC, to see the cherry blossoms at their peak — such a fun day! “Why Not?” grab your calendar, do a quick Google search of the best day trips for your area, and plan something fun this month! Here are some great DC area ideas. And since I know my husband reads everything I write… Honey, if you don’t plan something before I do, we’re going on that romantic horseback riding adventure! 🙂
Do you enjoy day trips? Please share your favorite in the comments below!
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