You’re going to approach life a lot differently this year. It’s going to be all about saving the Benjamins rather than keeping up with the Joneses. It’ll be more about family time than wired time. And finally–if it kills you–you’re going to not check work email while on vacation. (Don’t act like you’ve never done it.)
A quick outlook of the 2010 budget shows that while you’ll have to put that Outback getaway on the backburner, you’ll still have enough for soaking up rays. Somewhere. Anywhere.
Why not Florida?
Sure, it’s the default, but don’t assume we’re talking South Beach, Orlando and Tampa Bay. These three destinations are on our radar for affordable vacations in 2010. And there’s no trace of Mickey Mouse ears anywhere.
1. Destin vacation rentals
Destin rivals Myrtle Beach in its family-ready high-rise condo units, many of which are brand spankin’ new. These spacious condos have direct access to the beach and all those extras that you’d find at an all-inclusive: lagoon pools, water slides and restaurants on-site. If you’ve traveled with youngins’ before, you know that the less moving around, the better. With some of the most sugary sand under your feet, you’ll vow the next time to leave the kids at HOME.
2. Saint Augstine Beach vacation rentals
Strolling through brick-lined streets, even non-history buffs will appreciate the centuries-old charm of St. Augustine. The pride of the nation’s oldest city is its Spanish influence, from the menacing fort and prison Castillo de San Marcos to the Colonial Spanish Quarter.
3. Sarasota vacation rentals
When you’re not touching up your sunblock on Siesta Key, one of the loveliest beaches in the U.S., you’ll feel obliged to check out this city’s booming arts scene at the intimate John and Mable Ringling Museum–yes, the Ringlings of circus fame. The 20-acre waterfront property is a Venetian-style gem, boastng world-class art pieces and the couple’s former home, Ca d’Zan. When the sun sets, head to Blase Cafe for vino or The Old Salty Dog for pints.
See. There’s more to the Sunshine State than strip malls.
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.