[twitter]Spring break is a great time to create a new experience for your family that will provide lasting memories. The best way to take advantage of this time is to think outside of the box for activities. Here are some spring break ideas to get your brain clicking over on how to get away and recharge for a week.

1. Last Minute Getaway

Sometimes waiting until the last minute pays off, and this is often the case with beach vacations. If you’ve had it with winter and are feeling the urge to escape with your family to someplace warm, now is a great time to check your favourite travel site to see if you can get a good price on a hot holiday. (in February I saw a package at $3500 for a family 4 to escape to Puerto Vallarta for a week all-inclusive. I saw the deal on Wednesday for a Sunday departure, so last minute finds are there!)

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Before booking, remember that there are some considerations that go hand-in-hand with travelling across borders. A big one is travel insurance. Western Financial Group recommends speaking with your insurance broker who will help ensure that you have coverage that meets the unique needs of every member of your family.

On our recent trip to Los Cabos, Zacharie developed symptoms of strep throat on the plane. We had travel insurance and called our provider when we landed to have them sort things out for us. We had prescriptions and a doctor’s visit covered because we called first.

2. A Staycation

You don’t need to get on a plane to get the beach experience. A spring break to Edmonton and the World Waterpark can give you the warm feeling of sitting on a beach with waves lapping at your feet. In fact, West Edmonton Mall is a little piece of Las Vegas right here in Alberta with all sorts of adventures, restaurants, and even a casino to whoop it up at night.

West Edmonton Mall

You can keep it even closer to home by just running out on daytrips near Calgary. You could explore dinosaurs in Drumheller, planes in Nanton, snow in Banff, or just go geocaching to discover new places.

3. Links And Slopes On The Same Day

Skiing and golfing might not seem compatible, but for a brief window in March, they can be. The large elevation changes in British Columbia’s Columbia Valley and Okanagan let you tee off and carve some tracks on the same day.

If you plan on driving to the Invermere area, or beyond to the Okanagan, keep in mind that you will likely encounter some wintry conditions along the way. Western Financial Group reminds people to make sure they keep their winter tires on their cars until late April and to ensure they have an emergency kit stashed in their trunk before setting out on a road trip. This kit should include blankets, food, water, candles, matches and an adapter or batteries so you can charge your cellphone.

Whether you want to take on a brand new adventure or stay close to home, these spring break ideas are great places to start.

More information on travel insurance is available at www.westernfinancialgroup.ca.

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