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Holidays: Things to see and places to go

Several ways to be able to enjoy holidays without spending a fortune in accommodations include going to off season places, taking classes in a unique field of study that interests you, or volunteering to help out those less fortunate with a vacation in an area where you can help construct a school or put in a well.

Choosing a place to go for holidays is much more difficult now in one sense, but more simple in another.  Picking a place to travel for the holidays is more difficult, simply because available transportation allows travel many more places in the world than were previously available to the average traveler. At the same time, even though the multitude of choices make settling on a holiday site difficult, once the choice is made, getting to the location is much simpler than ever before.


If you are looking for someplace different to go and something different to do, you can start by thinking about what things you have always thought you would like to try but never managed to find the time and use that list as a basis for holidays ideas that you can do.  Why not sit down with a paper and pencil and dream a little bit about what your goals are for the future. Then find a ways to incorporate those goals into your holiday plans.  For example, if you want to learn to ski or swim or scuba dive those are rather easily included in a plan for a vacation by going to a ski resort or a beach resort respectively. 


But what if you can't afford the expensive resort.  In the wintertime, try a vacation package at one of the lesser known ski resorts.  You don't have to travel to Vail or Telluride in order to enjoy fresh powder and evening activities.  Mt Bachelor near Bend, Oregon with 71 trails is one example.  Mad River Glen resort in Vermont is another well-kept secret amongst skiers.


Summertime holidays can incorporate a trip to a beach resort where snorkeling or scuba lessons are available or you can use the same monies to take a class at a local YMCA or community college that will help you learn how to do the same thing.  Often classes include day trips to help you gain your proficiency certificate in diving. 


How about some other educational opportunities?  Check out summer classes that are offered locally in other subjects.  You may enjoy photography, weaving or art.  Perhaps your taste lies in cooking or sculpture.  Maybe you just want to know  how to get the best use of your spreadsheet program or learn to play a musical instrument.  Why not plan a holiday that will give you enjoyment and growth year around?


If you have your heart set on a vacation at a well-known resort, try to take your holidays during the off season.  Not only will the prices likely be lowerFree Web Content, you will be less plagued by crowded attractions.  Of course you may have other restrictions on your time so that you can't travel during certain periods. 


Another way to get to travel to unusual vacation sites is to volunteer to help out with a building program or other project.  Many worthy nonprofit organizations have locations in various sites and desperately need volunteers to help out with aspects of their programs.

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