Remember the old “how I spent my summer vacation” essays from grade school?
These days, I’m afraid mine would be pretty boring. Gone are the days of rushing to get my morning chores out of the way so I could spend the afternoon with my friends at the pool. Or riding bikes. Or whatever other kind of adventure we found interesting on any given day.
Recently, though, I have been reminded that time away from our structured lives is important. Time to rejuvenate, relax and be “unstructured” for a bit is good for everyone.
As the end of summer approaches and the back-to-school frenzy begins, you may find yourself thinking, “There just isn’t time!”
Ah, but there is.
Relaxing doesn’t have to mean a week at the beach. Take time out for a weekend away (a long weekend would be even better!). Or, if your schedule doesn’t allow for a weekend during this crazy time of year, try one day – one electronic-free day where everyone leaves any kind of mobile device at home, jumps in the car and heads out for a family adventure.
Now that you have the right idea about WHAT to do, are you perplexed about WHERE to go? No worries. Here are a few ideas that may either work for you or get your own creative juices flowing for some ideas of your own!
- San Antonio, Texas
Yes, it’s hot this time of year, but San Antonio has so much to do and see you’ll forget about the heat and just have fun. From The Alamo to Six Flags Fiesta Texas to The River Walk, there is something for everyone. Make it a fun-filled day of adventure or stay the weekend.
- Galena, Illinois
Personally, Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit in the summertime. But, if you live there and want to escape the city, Galena is a quaint little town to go and enjoy the quieter side of life. Spend the day wandering amidst the shops or spend a weekend enjoying the fresh, country air.
- Lakes Region, New Hampshire
If you live and/or work in Boston, you have so many great options. To me, though, nothing tops the New Hampshire Lakes Region. (Possibly because that’s where I live.) It’s beautiful, family-friendly and whether you like the water or the mountains, there is truly something for everyone to see and/or do.
- Pretty much anywhere in Colorado
If you’ve ever been to Colorado, you already know there is plenty to do almost everywhere you go. If you haven’t been to Colorado, what are you waiting for? No matter the season, you will find plenty to fill a day or a weekend and find yourself making a list of everything you want to do on your next trip.
How will you look back on your summer memories this year? It’s not too late for an impromptu vacation that scores some additional lasting memoirs for years to come!