Those who know me well, know I love to travel. I haven't been on an out of town trip in quite a while, but my family is planning a doozy. My parents are taking my oldest niece, Emma, to Orlando to visit a certain mouse, and guess who has never been and is FINALLY getting to go? Yes, indeed, yours truly.
Gas prices too high? Why not try your own backyard for the perfect family vacation. If you’re looking for the fun of sleeping under starry skies and being outdoors with the family, try camping out at home. You’ll fulfill the need for outdoor fun, and can even stir your kid’s creativity. How about playing horse shoes or tie dye a funky t-shirt. Just use your imagination, the possibilities are endless. But if you need a few ideas, check out the following:
Do you want to take a summer vacation without breaking your budget? Consider staying in Missouri and checking out the sites! Missouri is the home of the Pony Express, the Ozarks, Mark Twain’s birthplace, and the thirty-third President of the United States, Harry S. Truman, to name a few. Did you know that Missouri is also home of the Frisco Highline Trail and Thespian Hall?
A good beach read is not necessarily great literature, but a fast paced, entertainng book that is easy to pack up with your sunscreen and beach towel. Try one of these the next time you head for the beach, lake, or swimming pool:
Summer Camp...or Why I Would Spend 9 Whole Days Sweating Profusely as My Summer Vacation
Ah, summer camp! I'm sure many of you are attending some sort of camp this summer: Boy Scout camp, Girl Scout camp, church camp, band camp, etc. Tomorrow morning I will be setting off for 9 days at H. Roe Bartle Scout Reservation. This is the second year I've returned to Bartle as an adult. The first year I was back, it felt as if I had never left. Being there brings back a lot of memories...
What would summer be without a road trip? You know, sitting with your family (or friends, Scout troop, church group, etc.) in a car (or van or bus) for hours and hours of cornfields, wheat fields, cow pastures, and billboards. All to see the wonders of America: The World’s Largest Prairie Dog!
What is it about a place that is ten miles wide, one hundred sixty mile long, a mile deep and attracts 4.5 million tourists every year? Well, it's the Grand Canyon, of course. The colossal carved rock formations come alive with the continuous changing light and shadow. You will be mesmerized by the shades of purples, blues, greens, reds, orange, browns, and tans that are ever-changing throughout the day. It makes you feel peaceful and calm. You see people standing or sitting on the edge of the Canyon gazing over the amazing scenery.
You always hear about family vacations, but it’s a little different when that family includes grown, married children and their parents. This is the kind of vacation we took this past summer, and it was definitely an experience to remember. As my husband and I climbed into my parents’ big, red van and we headed across I-70 toward the North Carolina coast, I was both excited and a bit hesitant, mostly because I hadn’t spent an entire week with my parents since I got married. The three day trip to our destination was a little bit like summer camp, though.
It's been so long since I've been on a vacation. I believe it's time to plan one, and start saving for it right away. I've narrowed it down to Australia or Europe. Maybe now that I've finally decided to do it, it will be easy to save enough money.