It's hard to believe that we're already in August! That means the summer is winding down and Labor Day, which lands on Monday, September 7 this year, is right around the corner. Over the past few weeks, we've highlighted properties in four stunning destinations - San Francisco, New York, Las Vegas and Chicago - where you can snag great Labor Day deals and make the most of your vacation with friends and family. In fact, feel free to visit our Labor Day Hotel Deals page, where you can choose great Labor Day deals in these cities and many more.
I'll be heading to Chicago this year. My kids have been dying to check out Six Flags Great America and Amazing Chicago's Funhouse Maze. Whether you're planning to hit the Big Apple with your partner, ride bikes with your kids along the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, or head to Las Vegas to try your hand at roulette in one of its famed casinos, Labor Day weekend is a great time to squeeze in one last summer getaway.
Everyone knows, though, that last-minute planning, traffic and other factors can make things pretty hectic. This week, we feature several tips on how to keep Labor Day fun, safe and stress-free.
Planning Makes Perfect
Make sure to plan ahead and book your travel plans as far in advance as possible. Print out several copies of maps, driving directions and hotel reservations should something get misplaced. If driving, it's best to set out for your destination early in the morning so as to avoid heavy traffic. While it's good to pack days ahead, a last minute check of all essentials (airline tickets, money, kids' supplies, etc.) before heading off never hurts. You'll also want to pack smart and check the latest baggage fees for your airline, as well as ensure that your bags are under the weight limit.
Make sure to lock all car doors and enable your alarm after getting out of your vehicle, even if only for a quick restroom stop or bite to eat. If you happen to be traveling at night, make sure to park in well-lit, concentrated areas. Try to leave showy valuables such as jewelry at home. Drive with extra caution and be mindful of reckless drivers who have had too much to drink!
It's always a good idea to bring chips, sandwiches and other snacks with you for the road. Not only will it keep the kids happy, but your pocketbook will thank you for it later! If you'd rather eat out, be sure to research which dining options each area has to offer. And if you're planning to stay at a relative's house, why not consider a family barbecue? Just make sure to wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling raw foods; once the food is set on the table and ready to eat, have all bowls and dishes covered to keep the pesky bugs away.
Family-friendly cruises, ballgames, and parades are only some of the many special events you can partake ifair1n this Labor Day. Washington DC plays host to a number of festivals and concerts - including Kids Day at Nationals Park and a Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol - to entertain all age groups alike. If you're traveling to New York, you can catch the Brooklyn Carnival, which has over 3 million participants on hand each year. And if you plan on visiting the Los Angeles area, check out the Orange International Street Fair.