How to Make Travel More Meaningful

The view from one of our Daytona Beach tiki huts…

Trying to create vacation memories that will last a lifetime? Here are a few ideas that will make your next trip more meaningful for everyone involved:

Plan special activities. Part of the fun is planning what you’ll do and where you’ll go, and this is exciting for everyone. Take some time to research what’s going on while you’ll be visiting your travel destination, and think about what places or events would be the most meaningful for your group.

Read a book together. Before the trip begins, choose a book that relates to your destination, or that you think everyone will enjoy, and plan to complete it by the end of the trip. This could be fiction, non-fiction or anything at all! Traveling alone? Consider what books on your to-read list you’d enjoy diving into during your travels. Local history or fiction that takes place on location is always a good choice.

Be open. Some of the best travel moments occur when you take an unexpected path. This could happen suddenly, when something comes along that looks promising, or you could plan in advance to try something a bit outside of your normal activities.

Discuss! Take the time to think (and talk) about your adventures. What was everyone’s favorite place, restaurant or memory? What would they want to include (or not) on the next trip? Thinking about what was truly special helps create memories that last.

What are your favorite way to make travel more meaningful?


Who to Call for What

Ready to plan your next vacation? Interested in buying an additional week? Need information about making an exchange? Here’s a go-to list of who to contact:

  • For Reservations (including rentals and bonus nights) — call (800) 359-6753 and press 1.
  • For U.S. and International Direct Exchanges — call (800) 359-6753 and press 2.
  • For information about joining the club, purchasing an additional week or referring friends or family, call Patricia at (530) 318-0398.
  • To share photos of your vacation on the Perennial Vacation Club website, email them to (and see other vacation photos here).

Much more information can be found on our newly-redesigned website, including the Hot List of current exchanges, the Member Update Form and our current (and past) newsletters. Stop by and see what’s new!

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?