If you have your tickets books and planning to spend this vacation in Europe then wait a minute! Other green initiatives include landscape protection for local beaches and Huatulco National Park, local paper recycling programs, utilization of clean energy from local wind farms, programs for reduced electricity and water consumption, and an educational Our Roots program for guests.

AT 8:25 ON A MIDWINTER Friday morning, I’m in Terminal B of New York’s LaGuardia Airport with a small bag, a large envelope and no idea where I’m about to fly off to. About a month earlier, I booked a long weekend trip for myself with Pack Up + Go, a two-year-old Pittsburgh-based travel company that plans surprise” vacations, sending travelers to destinations unknown—until the last possible minute.

You get your choice of vacation rental home each with its own view, unique style (Greek, Spanish Mission, Modern, Italian, French, etc.). Beyond doubling your family’s spring break vacation space for the same money, a vacation rental home has a unique character so your kids will recall the details of your family vacation for years to come.

Try these words on any kid reluctant to go on another family vacation: “Secret loft with an Xbox and talking portraits.” They can get there via a tucked away spiral staircase, or through hidden doors in their own “Harry Potter” and princess-themed bedrooms.

Sebring offers the chance for a different kind of Central Florida vacation (and you’ll be surprised to know this secret Florida vacation spot is only about an hour from Orlando ). Known as the City on the Circle, Sebring boasts a historic downtown that’s home to spots like Sebring Soda & Ice Cream Works, which stocks more than 300 kinds of craft sodas, plus 50 flavors of ice cream.