Just a handful of trip ideas to add to your travel bucket list (because we’re sure you already have one). Here are the 5 types of vacations you should take at least once in your lifetime.
1. The beach vacation
The possibilities are endless, from the sands of southern California to the quintessential beaches of Cape Cod. You can also score some great deals on the Gulf Coast, which includes Texas, Florida, and Alabama. Besides the relaxation of ocean waves, nearly every seaside town has excellent seafood restaurants,
2. The city vacation
New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles will all give you that big-city feel—but they all have their own unique flavor and culture. It all depends on what you’re looking for. Looking for hustle, bustle, and amazing museums and Broadway shows? Head to NYC. Historic charm can be found in Boston or Philly, and L.A. is full of sunshine and celebs.
3. The foodie vacation
Whether you’re all about gourmet meals or just want some down-home BBQ, there’s an itinerary for you. Our top picks are Charleston, Portland, Maine, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Memphis. Word to the wise: if you’re planning on going all out and indulging for every meal, every day, you might want to limit your trip to three or four days. It’s all too easy to go overboard and feel less-than-stellar. Not to mention, all of those fancy dinners add up fast!
4. The girls (or guys) vacation
No, it doesn’t have to be a bachelor or bachelorette party—it’s always fun to get away with your best pals for a few days or more. And now, with so many unique lodging options on Airbnb and elsewhere, you’re not limited to hotels or motels. Try a cool cabin or a historic house. Not only will you have a unique and memorable experience, but these are often much less expensive than more traditional options, too.
5. The cozy mountain vacation
Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, you can still have a great time in a mountain town like Vail, Colorado, North Conway, New Hampshire, or Stowe, Vermont. Grab your significant other, your family, or your friends and head up for a long weekend to hunker down, drink hot cocoa, play cards, and maybe hit the slopes or go snowshoeing.