Sometimes a vacation destination can become a family tradition all its own. A lakeside resort nestled within a thousand-acre national park, for example, can grow with your family's interests from year to year. While your children are young, they can spend afternoons at the swimming pool. By the time they're teenagers, they can race jet skis around a nearby lake.
Or consider choosing a different destination for each trip based on your family's favorite activity, such as a ski lodge, dude ranch or theme park. Alternatively, make it a tradition to embark on a new activity each year.
Remember, family vacation traditions aren't all about the destination; there are equally important inner journeys taking place, too. Wherever you go, you've already done the most important thing of all: gone somewhere together.
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