I was finishing a delicious meal at a Chinese restaurant recently and opened my fortune cookie. Believe it or not, my fortune cookie said: Take a vacation. Well, I couldn’t really ignore such a clear sign to take another trip (although I just returned a few days ago from a brief visit to Salt Lake City, Utah). So I am now planning my first trip of the summer season. We will be heading for Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for a few days to explore the territory. I am looking forward to exploring this corner of the West and learning more about the Navajo culture while I am there. Plus, it should be interesting to see some of the landscapes that have been featured in so many movies throughout the years. I am anticipating the unique, beautiful scenery and sharing a few great photos with all of you. I hope you are planning your summer vacation now, as well, and have something exciting to look forward to on the horizon. Remember, those summer days will pass by quickly. See this as your own happy fortune for the future, Cookie: Take a vacation!
If you are planning a summer vacation with the kids, you will want to make sure you bring along plenty of activities and distractions. The right games and toys can be invaluable when traveling with the kids. Long road trips or airport waiting areas can be made more bearable by bringing the right items. Some tips for fun distractions that work:
1. Bring a variety of games and toys (both individual activities and group activities)
2. Do not give out all of the toys at the beginning of the trip (save some for the end of the trip)
3. Consider buying inexpensive toys, books, and games at thrift stores, yard sales, or dollar stores
4. Wrap up old toys that have been forgotten for a while and let them select one out of a surprise “grab bag”
5. Research fun travel games that don’t require any items to play
6. Select tech toys that are age-appropriate and suitable for the child
7. Select music and videos that everyone can enjoy
8. Plan to join in on some of the games yourself
9. Let your child choose some toys themselves to bring on the trip
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Enjoy your vacation with the kids by planning ahead and bringing fun games and activities for everyone. Save your sanity and enjoy your time together this summer.
Enjoy these summer photos:
Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
- John Lubbock
I just returned from Chicago and a great visit with a great friend. We had a chance to explore her hip downtown Chicago neighborhood and it was great fun to drop in to the trendy shops, cool antique markets, and sip delicious chai tea lattes in the coffee shop. The spring weather in Chicago (including gray skies and the cold wind off Lake Michigan) made me long for a summer vacation of sunny days, warm breezes, and sandy beaches. I was ready to pack for the Caribbean as soon as I got home. But, even in tropical climes, the weather can turn cool in the evenings and the air temperature can be much cooler on the water than on land. As a result, when you are thinking about your summer vacation destination, be sure to pack the right attire.
The smart traveler knows that it is best to pack for wide variations in weather and pick some activities that can be enjoyed indoors, should the weather just not cooperate. Wondering what to pack? The correct answer is always: Layers. Warm weather destinations can become chilly; cool mountain destinations can be surprisingly warm. Always bring a variety of clothing that can be layered comfortably and shed as the temperature rises. A t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, and thin jacket or sweater can all be layered, if needed. Bring the right layers to wear and you will always be comfortable throughout the day.
To check out the travel weather at your summer vacation destination, visit the The Weather Channel at http://www.weather.com/.
Warmer weather reminds me that it’s time to start planning a summer vacation! The unofficial start of summer is Memorial Day, so May is the perfect time to start planning for the ideal warm weather trip. I have a lifetime of wonderful memories of summer vacations spent camping, on road trips, exploring new cities, visiting amusement parks, or swimming at the beach. What new memories will you create this year? Whether you will be road-tripping with the whole family, planning a girlfriend beach getaway, or camping with the kids, summer vacations can bring us joy. There is nothing quite like warm days, a magical destination, and long summer nights to remind us that we really need to savor each summer season.
This month I will focus on the best tips for planning and enjoying your summer vacation. If you are looking for destination ideas, travel bargains, or trip sanity-savers I have the perfect recommendations. Join me this month as we plan for a great summer season and the ideal summer vacation.
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