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“Hello, Summer Nearcation”

Yes, it’s Saturday and we usually don’t post on the weekends but with vacations on our mind, we thought we’d talk a little bit about “nearcations.”

Don’t begin your summer travel plans just yet…. Did you know that “nearcations” are the latest trend. Saving money is getting cool, ya’ll.

Since the beginning of 2012, the national average price of gas has jumped 12 percent, according to AAA. As families begin to make their summer vacation plans, saving money and maximizing value have taken on greater importance given these rising prices.

The “nearcation trend” is an increasingly popular choice for many Americans. AAA reports that this year, families will not cancel their vacation plans this year but instead will opt for more frequent, short trips to nearby regional destinations, such as Great Wolf Lodge. More than 42 million households with children live within 300 miles of one of the 10 US-based Great Wolf Lodge resorts. A visit to a Great Wolf Lodge is just an easy hop in the car away from home – no airfare needed.

Family travel expert and mother of three, Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, knows the importance of finding a vacation destination that’s affordable and offers something for everyone. “Over the years, two kinds of vacations have scored big with families: water parks and “everything-under-one-roof” destinations,” says Kelleher. “Great Wolf Lodge combines both of these trends. It is a leader among indoor water park resorts and offers a wide array of family fun in one great location. ”

To help families plan their summer “nearcation,” Great Wolf Lodge resorts and Kelleher offer these simple tips to help stretch each dollar:

Plan ahead.
The best way to save is to plan ahead. Most destinations offer the greatest variety of available room options, package amenities and overall savings when stays are booked in advance. At greatwolf.com, you can view the online calendar and compare rates for your family stay.

Be flexible.
You don’t have to take off an entire work week to have a great getaway. Plan a mid-week getaway, or start your vacation on a Sunday to take full advantage of discounts to area attractions and resort stays during “off peak” days. Added bonus – the resorts are often less crowded!

Sign up for deals.
The best way to find out about money-saving travel discounts is to receive email updates from your favorite destinations. E-mail alerts from Great Wolf Lodge feature special offers and promotion codes that are not offered publicly, giving subscribers the ability to book vacations at the best available rates.

Prepare the car.
Purchases from your local grocery store are cheaper than convenience stores and fast food restaurants en route. Save time and money by pre-buying snacks and drinks for the trip.

Find the cheapest gas.
Nobody wants to pay more than they have to for gas. GasBuddy is a free app that directs travelers to the cheapest gas stations along any route. It also helps you budget for a trip by estimating how much you’ll spend in gas in total.

Bundle and save.
Research package options that include meals and other amenities. Limited time promotions such as “Kids Eat Free” can help when budgeting for meals. Resort amenities and entertainment offerings are also often bundled for extra savings. For example, the Great Wolf Lodge Paw Pass bundles many of the resort’s coolest activities for a 30% savings.

“The summer months are when we see many families choose Great Wolf Lodge for their vacation,” said Nikki Donofrio, senior vice president, brand marketing, Great Wolf Lodge. “Our resorts are the perfect destinations for families who want to maximize their time together and minimize the impact on their vacation budget. Great Wolf Lodge resorts offer everything under one roof, from our indoor waterpark and family suites, to our spa services and kids’ club activities.”

To learn more about Great Wolf Lodge and family travel tips, visit Great Wolf Lodge at greatwolf.com/value.

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2 COMMENTS

  • Karen on May 19, 2012

    Is this a sponsored post? It’s not obvious when something is sponsored or when it’s just your own thoughts.

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    • Modern Day Moms
      Modern Day Moms on May 21, 2012

      Nope. This isn’t a sponsored post. We always add a disclaimer to a post when it is sponsored.

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