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Featuring guest writer Wendy Dressler
Have you had any adventures yet this summer? You’ve got until August 31st, 2017. Even by then, school will likely be back in session. If you’re lucky enough to be unencumbered by any family relations whatsoever, maybe you’ll have an extra month or two of freedom. But even then, autumn will soon catch you.
Endless Summertime Options
It’s time to get out of your hometown! It’s time for a little vacation! It’s time for adventure! It’s time for exploration! It’s time to see things you haven’t seen before, and make lifetime memories—family or no!
Did you know that the vast majority of people live within a few miles of where they were born their entire lives? How unimaginative is that! And what’s worse: you can find numbers which silhouette such individuals that demonstrate they never even leave the area for a short while. You don’t want to be part of that statistic, do you?
Even if you’re working a low-end job, you may be able to get a week or two off, here or there. Well, have an adventure! When is the last time you went to northern California, parked by the office of the national recreation area, and hiked through the redwoods to the coast at the bottom of America’s Pacific rainforest? Not recently? Now’s the time!
Coast To Coast
Seasonal celebrations are also considerable. Recently in Fort Collins, Colorado the summertime New West Fest just wrapped. On the Friday inaugurating the event, band Leftover Salmon played a free show in the city’s center for thousands. Many diverse celebrations just like this that go on across the country, and you may even stumble into a few accidentally.
Whether you are on the west coast or the east coast, you can find places to truly let go and allow yourself to relax. On the west coast, you’ve got the Orange County Fair, which this year will be hosting the: “…18th annual Elvis Festival [which] returns to Historic Main Street in Garden Grove.”
Meanwhile, on the east coast, one of the finest family travel destinations for Summer events is Ocean City, Maryland; which, as the city’s site points out, is a place that: “…has spent years branding itself as a family resort, and it shows. The town now offers dozens of family friendly events and activities each year, many of which are free…”
Looking Closer At Hawaii
In Hawaii, there is a perfect mixture of extreme luxury and extreme relaxation. Hawaii really is one of the finest vacation destinations in the country, and almost represents a third coast, if you will. The once independent island nation, turned U.S. state, is actually an archipelago—that means it’s a chain of islands.
Hawaii isn’t just one volcano-turned-tropical paradise. It’s a number of islands large and small, each with their own idiosyncratic attractions. You can hike a volcano on one, go hunting for mountain chicken (read: huge frogs) on another, and then if you’re really feeling adventurous, go snowboarding.
That is all in addition to surfing, sun-tanning, shopping, dancing, nightlife, festivals, cultural celebrations, boating, fishing, snorkeling, scuba-diving—the list goes on and it’s too expansive to accurately portray here. And don’t forget Hawaii’s hidden side.
Another summer destination many forget to account for includes a coast which is perhaps the least known in the country, and that is Alaska’s own shores. Even in the summertime, it’s not a very good idea to spend your time in these icy waters recreationally. But the extreme beauty and summertime temperateness of the region are remarkable.
Alaska is a huge unexplored territory connected to the US by a highway which extends north along Canada’s western coast. This is a treacherous highway in winter, but passable in summertime. Sure, you can fly there; but the road trip alone is an adventure worth pursuing!
It all depends on your proclivities, of course. Some love the coast because swimming is their favorite pastime during Summer. Some like to surf. Some like to comb the beach for interesting discoveries like seashells or lost jewelry. Some just like to hear the surf, and there are others who quietly watch from a distance.
Finding Your Perfect Vacation Destination
Whatever you do this Summer, just don’t let it pass you by without some kind of adventure. It doesn’t have to be big—but in retrospect, the bigger the better. You remember the big things. They become cherished data points which come to mentally define your psychological self.
Beyond being well-rounded and having an adventure, you need to get away for your own sanity. Mankind needs a day off a week at least. And if you could take a year off every seven, that would be desirable as well. So for goodness sake, have a vacation!
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