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If you are looking for a fun trip to take with the kids (or even by yourself!) Mystic, CT is a great choice. There are lots of interesting attractions for young and old alike.

You might be familiar with Mystic, CT from the classic 1988 movie Mystic Pizza starring Julia Roberts. While Mystic does have excellent pizza, they also have a host of other fun and engaging activities for all ages.

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Mystic Aquarium – Let’s start out with my favorite, the Mystic Aquarium! The Mystic Aquarium is home to the North East’s only Beluga Whales. The photo above is my daughter interacting with a Beluga on our trip to the aquarium this summer. The Mystic Aquarium also has penguins, sting rays, a 4-D theater, and an extremely interactive bird exhibit that allows you to enter the bird enclosure to feed and hold the birds, if you are able to catch them. The Mystic Aquarium gets an A+ in my book for fun and entertainment.

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Olde Mistick Village – The Olde Mistick Village isn’t worth a trip on its own, in my opinion, but it shares a parking lot with the Mystic Aquarium, so it’s definitely worth a look if you are visiting the aquarium, anyway. The Olde Mistick Village is a quaint little collection of shops located in a small walking area with some green areas, a very small duck pond, and a few restaurants. If you’re looking for a unique gift to bring back to someone from your trip to Mystic, you might be able to find it here.

Image result for mystic-seaport Mystic Seaport – Mystic Seaport is an excellent large indoor/outdoor maritime museum. Mystic Seaport was founded in 1929, and is the resting place of the Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaleship in the world. Expect to spend at least a half day, or even a full day at Mystic Seaport. Mystic Seaport has a ton of activities, especially in the summer season, including a re-created 19th-century seafaring village, a working preservation shipyard, gardens,  a planetarium, and a children’s museum. You can also take a boat tour and explore the historic Mystic River from May through October. Mystic Seaport didn’t sound very fun and exciting to me when I was reading about it online, but when we visited in person it was actually very fun. The children’s museum was probably my kid’s favorite part, and I enjoyed the planetarium very much.

I hope that this article has gotten you excited to travel and explore. If you can’t make it out to Mystic, CT, why not take a short trip to somewhere closer to you? If you’re going on a trip, I suggest stocking up on gift cards from DealDash. Gift cards are great to take when you are travelling, and if you bid on gift cards on DealDash you can earn clock time for being the highest bidder. If you don’t win you can just BIN (Buy It Now) for face value, get free shipping, and get all of your bids back to use another day. Here is a link to get gift cards from DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Budget Road Trip

Summer is a perfect time to go on vacation, but what if you don’t have the money? Budget road trips can be just as fun.

Normally my family goes on a vacation every year. We’ve been to Bermuda, San Diego, Tampa, and Montreal to name a few. However this year we have a new baby so we decided to stay a little closer to home. While planning our summer vacation this year I noticed how much money we were going to be saving by not going too far outside of New England. As a challenge to myself I decided to see exactly how frugal I could be in my vacation planning and still show the kids a great time. On to the savings!

First of all, forget flying. We were originally thinking about going to Salt Lake City, but plane tickets alone for my family of 5 was going to be in the range of $4,000 for the times we wanted to go, so we decided that this year was going to be a road trip only kind of trip. When you are thinking about road-tripping on a budget, the first thing that you want to think about is what is the maximum distance that you are willing to travel, or even more budget-friendly, what is the maximum distance that you can travel in one day so you can avoid staying in multiple different hotels.

The maximum distance that we decided on was 500 miles, which is a full 8-ish hours of travel. So then we looked to see where we could go in that mileage range and came up with New York, Washington DC, Maryland, Philadelphia, and Providence.  This is really easy to look up using Google Maps.

How will we get a discount on our gas? By using DealDash, of course! You can get a Shell gas card from DealDash by bidding, and if you don’t win you can always BIN (But It Now), get all of your bids back, keep the clock time that you earned by being the highest bidder, AND get free shipping on your gift card. Shell also has a loyalty card that you can get for free, and it will give you .03 off per gallon every time that you use it. It’s not much, but it adds up! If you would like to bid on a Shell gift card you can click this link right here and it will take you to the Shell cards on DealDash.

Now that the gas is taken care of, how about hotels? DealDash offers a variety of hotel gift cards that you can bid on. The hotel gift cards are the same deal as the gas gift cards – if you don’t win you can always BIN (But It Now), get all of your bids back, keep the clock time that you earned by being the highest bidder, AND get free shipping on your gift card. You can check out all of the hotel gift cards that DealDash has at this link right here.

I hope that this article has inspired you to think about going on a budget road trip this year with the help of DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!