Downtown Tuesday: Budget-Friendly Fun in San Antonio!

Tuesdays are a wonderful time to explore San Antonio, with many of the top attractions available for FREE! Here are some of our favorites:

The Witte Museum — Where Nature, Science and Culture Meet. This “everything Texas” museum is at the top of our must-see list! It recently underwent a 2 year expansion, and admission is free every Tuesday from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Permanent exhibits include dinosaur skeletons, cave drawings and wildlife dioramas.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum. This museum celebrates the history and culture of the American West, and is free every Tuesday from 4:00-9:00 p.m.

The DoSeum. This is San Antonio’s museum for kids. It emphasizes learning through doing, creating and tinkering. And it’s free the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month!

The San Antonio Museum of Art. This museum offers a wide range of collections, and is located in a castle-like building formerly known as Lone Star Brewery. Admission is free every Tuesday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m., and on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

What are you favorite places for budget-friendly fun in San Antonio?

A Staycation… in a New City

Deer enjoying a staycation at our Bandera resort

Vacations are a wonderful time to explore new destinations, but it’s also important to take the time to rest and recharge. For some people, that means planning a “staycation,” a vacation in your own home. This gives you the time you need to rest but, of course, doesn’t offer a true getaway.

Why not choose the best of both worlds? Resorts that offer kitchens, living rooms and plenty of room for everyone allow you to create a home away from home, while still allowing you to visit a new (and beautiful) part of the world. A few home-cooked meals and some time spent lounging in your resort may be just what you need to get the rest and downtime you need, while still giving you the opportunity to get out and explore as much as you like!

Bring that book you’ve been meaning to read, perhaps a few simple recipes, your comfiest clothing and some tea or other relaxing drinks… along with your walking shoes, maps and camera, and create your own perfect balance between a vacation and staycation.

What are you favorite ways to create a home away from home?

Announcing 2018 Stretch Weeks!

One of the best ways to use a Perennial Vacation Club membership is by traveling during Stretch Weeks. During these weeks, you can stretch your week 3 extra days, at no extra cost! Already thinking about your 2018 travels? These are the weeks to keep in mind:

Bandera Bonanza:  January 6 – March 3 (weeks 1-9)

Tahoe Spring Fling:  April 21 – May 12 (weeks 16-19)

Daytona Delight:  September 15 – October 6 (weeks 37-40)

*Stretch weeks are only offered to Perennial Vacation Club members. Interested in joining the fun? Find more information about the club here.

Photography Tips for a Family Vacation

One of the best ways to capture the memories you create on vacation is with photography. Here are a few ideas about how to easily record your trip:

Keep your camera nearby. This is easier and easier now that many of us have cameras build into our cell phones. As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. Be ready to capture the moments you won’t want to forget.

Capture the little moments. Small details, such as the wildflowers you noticed on the side of the road or a special cup of coffee may feel just as meaningful later as the tourist attractions.

Avoid deleting. Even a simple photo editor can work wonders, so don’t be too quick to judge your photos before seeing how they can be improved.

Let everyone take some pictures. This is a wonderful way to capture different perspectives, and to bring the whole family into the process.

Be sure to use your photographs later! Whether you print them out, share them via text or email or create a calendar, make sure your memories don’t sit forgotten on your phone or computer. If you’re a member of Perennial Vacation Club, we’d love for your to share your photographs with us our our website, or tag us on Instagram at @perennialvacationclub or #perennialvacationclub.

Do you have any tips for travel photography? Please share them!