You just received your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. Now what? Whether it’s your first time or you’re a relocation expert, uprooting your family is never easy. But as with many of life’s challenges, there’s a silver lining: with a bit of planning, a PCS move can be the perfect opportunity to embark on a truly unforgettable vacation with your family.
As with any vacation, you’ll want to make sure you have the details figured out well in advance. Fortunately, many of your typical pre-vacation arrangements are not relevant with PCS moves. There’s no mail to stop, lawn to mow, security systems to go off, or garbage for your neighbors to forget to take to the curb. This means you can spend more time planning your trip and less time worrying about minor details.
Where to Go?
There’s no “right way” to plan a vacation, and travelers have more resources available than ever before to make the process easier. Whether you’re planning a relaxing week at the beach or a cross-country sightseeing expedition, the entire family should have some say in what you do and see. Vacations can be rare in today’s hectic world, so it’s important that everyone in the family has something special to look forward to. Let us help you pick a destination that can make everyone happy!
Recognize Your Benefits
You can put together a surprisingly affordable getaway by taking advantage of the various benefits and discounts that may be at your disposal. Members of the military can enjoy discounted admission to amusement parks, sporting events, and other entertainment options that help make vacations easier on the wallet. Additionally, many of our resorts have additional amenities like washers and dryers so you can pack more away for the move and lighter for the trip.
If hiking is more your style, most National Parks offer free admission to members of the military and their families. No matter where your travels take you, one of America’s 58 beautiful National Parks may be convenient to your route. Every year, millions of visitors from around the world make the trek to see the towering geysers of Yellowstone, the snow-covered peaks of Glacier, and the unparalleled beauty of Yosemite. Ask yourself: when else will visiting these natural wonders be “on the way?”
Get Out And Do It!
As a member of the armed forces, you might be accustomed to the inconvenience of moving every few years, but there’s no reason why relocations shouldn’t also be seen as unique opportunities for fun and adventure. Capitalize on one of the few times that your daily obligations are on hold, and use your next PCS move as a chance to finally go on that once-in-a-lifetime vacation you’ve always dreamed of but never done.