Here’s a book that you ought to have if you’re planning on going on a trip with the family any time in the future: The 10 Best of Everything Families: An Ultimate Guide for Travelers. Written by Susan H. Magsamen, this book offers all sorts of information that a family will need to plan a vacation that will NOT break the bank.
The book contains top 10 lists on a wide array of categories. These categories include parks & playgrounds, farms & markets, and the like. The Baltimore Sun recently interviewed the author and she had some interesting things to say.
One of my favorite questions was “With the recession, families are having a hard time affording travel. What are your best tips for doing it on the cheap?”
You can really find things in your backyard that maybe you don’t even know about. We also organize the index [in the book] by state primarily. Find things that are really close to you. What is the natural habitat in your area? What are the regional specialties? What are the foods that define your area? You start to get a better idea of who you are and where you live.
Create a trip for yourself. If you had guests coming to Baltimore, what would you show them? Then use that to make an itinerary for yourself. There’s a lot of ways to see a place. … Find ways to approach some place and see what’s new in it.
Perhaps with her book, more families can get more ideas on what to do and where to go despite the hard economic times.