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Tips for Weeklong Trips

It’s amazing what you can do in a week.

In the humdrum rhythm of normal life, weeks can slip by so quickly that they are over before we know it. But when you take a week to travel, it opens a world of possibilities.

Day trips and weekend getaways are limited by time and distance, but if you have a week, you can take your group anywhere in the U.S. or around the world. If you’re traveling to faraway places, taking a week for the trip ensures that you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy yourself once you reach the destination. And although some traditional tours might extend to 10 days or even two weeks, a one-week trip allows professionals to fit the vacation easily into their work schedule.

A weeklong trip gives you lots of possibilities, but it can also require some finesse to get it exactly right. Here are five ideas for places to go and things to do on your weeklong trips, as well as five practical tips on how to make sure the experience works well for everyone involved.

Trip Idea: Venture Cross-Country

Going on day trips and weekend getaways means choosing destinations that are relatively close to home, but that’s not necessary for weeklong excursions. A six- or seven-night trip allows you to make it to parts of the country that aren’t ordinarily accessible. Groups on the East Coast can enjoy California wine country, clubs in the upper Midwest can enjoy the jewels of the Deep South, and Southerners get a chance to discover New England.

Trip Idea: Tour a Region

If you’re going to be traveling for a week, it doesn’t make much sense to stay in one destination the whole time, except perhaps for an all-inclusive resort. Weeklong trips afford groups great opportunities to explore whole regions or plan multicity itineraries built around certain themes. A trip in the South, for example, might follow the Atlantic coastline from Charleston, South Carolina, to Savannah, Georgia, and then St. Augustine, Florida. Groups could also visit numerous towns in Alaska or explore each of the Hawaiian Islands.