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10 Fantasy Family Vacations You Can Take In The Backyard

Want to get away, but need to save money? Just use a little imagination, and you'll be delighted at the magical outcome. Imagination can also help you have "the talk" with your family about long term care planning.

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1. Hike the Adirondacks.


Clear a path in the woods and go for a mini hike, exploring the unique world of mother nature. Pack backpacks and a lunch, then picnic while you're out there. Don't forget the walking sticks!

2. Navigate through Treasure Island.

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Bury treasures in the yard, then create a treasure map that goes all around your home before leading your kids to the X, then dig away. Don't forget the stuffed parrot!

3. Trek through Iceland.

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Build a wild winter wonderland palace, complete with tunnels and slopes. Don't forget the sleds!

4. Deep-sea dive in the Pacific Ocean.

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Toss a variety of change at the bottom of the pool for the kids to see how much money they can scoop up. Don't forget the snorkel!

5. Camp at Yellowstone National Park.

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Set up shop in the backyard and spend the evening with the kids camping in the tent. Make it a rule that you're not allowed to go inside for anything (except bathroom breaks, of course). Don't forget the s'mores!

6. Tour France.


Who says you need to bike only on roads? Do some off-roading in the grass, through the woods, over the bridge, and under the tunnel. Don't forget the water bottles!

7. Wine and dine in Italy.


Cook pizzas on the grill, decorate the picnic table, and play some ambient Italian music. Don't forget the chef's hat! Andiamo!

8. Rocket to the moon on a journey through space.


Set up a telescope and try to identify as many constellations as possible. Don't forget the gold stars for whoever can find the most planets!

9. Dance in Hawaii.

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Decorate the patio with Hawaiian-inspired decor and have a family luau. Grill up some Lomi Lomi Salmon for dinner. And don't forget the shaved ice!

10. Go bird watching in the Amazon.


Bring the binoculars into the backyard and discover a rare species of bird. Don't forget the bucket hats!

Hiking in the woods, hanging in the backyard, or having coffee? It doesn't matter where you have "the talk" about long term care planning. It's just important that you have the conversation.