2. Look Close to Home
Nothing gets a trip off to a rough start faster than airport lines, weekend traffic, or a train that pulls out just as you’re reaching the platform. Minimize these potential hassles by looking for a vacation destination near where you live – especially if you have small kids who aren’t pro travelers. Chances are good that your nearest big city, beach, or mountain area has a tourism board of its own – and that other people travel from far away to visit a place practically in your own backyard – so you can reap all the benefits of getting away without the stress of getting there.