Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Twizzlers Landmark Summer

As the school year slowly winds to an end, vacation thoughts are being discussed with vigor in my home.  Although the economy is still on a downswing, we are determined to go SOMEWHERE this summer.  Living in Piedmont NC has afforded me opportunities to travel to the beach or to the mountains without having to drive for HOURS!  We can easily get to the beach or the mountains in about 3 hours. 

How do we choose a destination?  That is the hard part!  Who wants to have to choose?  We have found out that we can actually do both if we want.  We can travel to the Great Smoky Mountains and to Cape Hatteras all in the same week!  Want to know what makes this fun for us?  We refuse to take the highway!  My hubby plots out our trip taking the back roads and going through the small towns that make NC a great place to live!  You would not believe all the fun we have doing that!  We have found small town festivals and fairs, and now are thinking about going to Mount Olive to check out the pickle plant! 

Landmarks are very important in our vacation travels!  I've been to Niagara Falls, which is beautiful, and have enjoyed historic battlefields like Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia!  My hubby and I want to take our daughter to New York and visit the Statue of Liberty, check out Times Square, and try out some types of foods and places to eat that we've heard about on television!

What are you planning for the summer?  According to family travel expert Emily Kaufman, “The Travel Mom,” families are starting to think past the backyard “staycation” and are rediscovering the freedom of the open road. Kaufman shares the following tips for a fun and safe family road trip:

■Create a boredom bag. Convert a hanging travel cosmetic case into a case full of fun and hang it from the seat back in front of the kids’ seats. Consider creating fun works of art with Twizzlers Pull ‘n’ Peel Candy before snacking on them!
■Take your trip “online.” From GPS systems to phone applications, trips are no longer a navigation nightmare.
■Think through the snacks you pack. Avoid packing snacks that are easy to spill like juice boxes or snacks that melt. Try plastic bottles with sports tops and bring along Twizzlers Candy or Twizzlers Nibs Candy – they are easy to share and don’t melt, making them the perfect car ride treat.

 What kinds of snacks do you take on road trips!  My daughter and I love the strawberry Twizzlers....
Disclosure - I wrote this as a contest entry for a Twizzlers Landmark Summer promotion prize pack as a member of the Mom Bloggers Club.

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