It is that wonderful time of year when school is near the end, swimming pools are starting to get filled up, and people are cleaning the backyard grill. We're talking about the summer, and with any discussion about the summer there comes a need to discuss family vacation ideas.
Sure, everyone is prepping their home for all of the get-together, barbecues, and pool parties to be had, but everyone definitely looks forward to the summer because it is the time of year where everyone in the family is almost completely on the same page regarding free time. Schedules coming together means it's the right time to get the whole family together and just get away for a little bit. There is one problem, though – where do you go?
Perhaps the hardest part of planning a vacation happens to be deciding where you actually want to go. Everyone has an opinion and a reason for maintaining said opinion, but a decision has to be made. Otherwise, you might just forego the whole mess, and that's just not right. Maybe a better plan of action might be to think about what you want the vacation to complete instead of where you want it to be.
Stick with us here. Rather than try to give you specific places to consider for your family's summer vacation, it might be best to think of certain types of summer vacations that get your family excited about the possibilities. Nothing is worse than going on a trip and then being sort of "blah" when you're there. "Blah" tends to turn into "meh", which then makes doing anything on the trip pretty uninspiring. You want your summer vacation to have "oomph".
You also want to actually get away when you go on vacation. For the last few years, there has been a big push to enjoy a "staycation" and keep things close to home. While there's nothing wrong with that, there are limits to the inspiration it can give your family. Traveling, on the other hand, is what inspiration is all about.
Here are seven vacation ideas to help inspire your family's summer travel:
Beaches – What's more invigorating than sand, sun, and the ocean? Also, remember that you do not have to travel somewhere exotic to find great beaches close to you.
State & National Parks – Maybe it's a little "old-school", but state & national parks provide a bevy of activities for the whole family and are a great backdrop to cool outdoor fun.
Water Parks – In case you were not aware of it, the summer months are pretty warm. Beat the heat with a family vacation to a premier water park.
Agritourism – Visitors to these farms enjoy a quaint & unique overnight stay, all the while exploring agricultural life & even being part of the harvesting process. If your family is big on organic produce & the farm-to-table approach, this is a great trip idea.
River Adventures – Again, the idea of cool river waters against summer heat makes sense, plus get the whole family's adrenaline pumping!
Volunteerism – You may not think it, but volunteering not only does a lot of worldly good, but it also allows you to see the world. It's certainly a way to feed the soul.
Road Trip – Of course, you can not go wrong with the traditional road trip. They say the destination is not as important as the manner in which you got there, and it definitely makes for some great memories.
Family vacation ideas should be all about wonder and excitement. They should be able to pull you out of the dreck that sometimes sometimes best describe life & get you moving. Let this be the summer that sets the standard for your family's summer vacations from now on!