7 Summer Vacation Ideas
Looking for some summer travel inspiration? Faith Thomas has some ideas.
Regardless of complaints about the weather being too hot, too cold, too rainy, or too humid, summer tends to inspire ideas of vacation and adventure. Here are some options to make your summer as enjoyable and memorable as possible.
Sitting on a beach and listening to the crashing waves is the default idea of vacation for many people. You can spend hours relaxing and having fun in the sun with your family and friends, or find a secluded spot to read a book in uninterrupted peace and quiet. To gain some variety, visit different beaches and explore the unique personality of each beach town and resort.
2. Hiking and Camping in the National Parks
If your idea of getting away from the daily grind is something a little more active, a vacation centered around hiking and camping may be a good choice. The United States has 58 National Parks that provide beautiful scenery and opportunities to camp and view wildlife. In certain regions of the country, you can easily combine multiple national parks into one trip. There is a larger concentration of parks in the western and southwestern U.S., making them an ideal place to explore various ecosystems.
3. Local Sites
If your budget is limited or if you would prefer to stay closer to home, take some time off to explore your local area. Local lakes, mountains, or state parks will likely have a place where you can spend some time on a beach without having to travel far. You can hike local trails and then go home to the comfort of your own bed instead of sleeping in a tent. Despite living in your region, there are likely several museums, tourist attractions, or historical sites of interest that you haven’t had time to investigate in your day-to-day life. Take the opportunity to try new restaurants and explore neighbourhoods that you haven’t visited before.
4. Olympic Games in London, UK
In 2012, you have the unique opportunity to travel to London to see the Olympic games. The United Kingdom is easily accessible from most major U.S. airports. Aside from the Olympic events, England has a wealth of historical and cultural sites to explore. Stay outside of central London to save money while enjoying some of England’s famous countryside.
5. Road Trip
If you don’t have young children and can afford the freedom of not having a planned itinerary, take a week off with no plans other than to drive. See where the local highways take you if you drive past the exit you have to take every morning for work. While this can prompt anxiety, most areas will have hotels available without prior reservations. Driving is one of the best ways to see the country and to discover beautiful spaces that you never knew existed. Pack light and make sure you have enough music to keep you and your passengers entertained.
6. House Swap
Another budget option for your summer vacation is to arrange a house swap. Do you have cousins in California or an old friend who lives in the mountains? Ask them if they would like to arrange a house swap for a week. This saves money on lodging and allows you to cook your own meals while exploring a different area.
7. Volunteer Vacation
If you would like to add an extra bit of feel-good to your summer vacation plans, research possible volunteer trips. Many charities and non-profits organize trips ranging from one-day outings to multi-week excursions doing a variety of activities. You can volunteer to help a group of people build a house, work to preserve wildlife, experience other cultures, and more.
No matter what you decide to do this summer, choose something that you will enjoy. If you dislike the beach, don’t be afraid to try something else. You can have fun with your family and friends in any location.
Guest post contributed by Faith Thomas, for Covermore – overseas cover travel insurance. Faith is a freelance travel writer and self confessed foodie who contributes to a number of websites.