Think Excursions instead of Traditional Big Summer Vacations

Whether you will be spending your Summer doing fun things with the kids or going on a romantic vacation with your special someone, the Summer months are sure to be filled with sun, outdoor activities, and new styles.

Travel now is considered high season in most popular locations, so can be pricey. Think about forgoing structured vacations to save money to see something new in your area or within a few hours’ drive instead. These Summer excursions should peak your interest, or at least get you thinking about something that you would find fun to do.

Romantic Getaways - Visit a museum with a Romanticism exhibit to stir feelings that you can lovingly discuss over a romantic dinner afterwards, and evening at a boutique hotel or bed and breakfast.

Family Fun - Take the kids to the beach, armed with beach toys, coolers packed with lunch, drinks and snacks, and water safety gear. Play Frisbee or volleyball, and don’t forget sun protection and beach towels.

Pet Friendly – Many parks and hiking trails allow leashed pets, and many dogs also do well kayaking, rafting or tubing in shallow waters. Spend a little active time outdoors with your best friend. Be sure to have the right pet safety harness.

Animal Lovers – Visit a zoo or wildlife preserve to observe a wide variety of animals and contribute to conservation efforts. Many communities also have species specific sanctuaries with educational programs and scheduled tours.

Entertainment Lovers – Downtown and community complexes and retail/restaurant areas often offer free live music or movies on the lawn.

Spa Day - Find a cute spa for a little pampering. Get a manicure, pedicure, facial and massage. Look for combination packages, special event packages, or ½ or full day treatment services. Keep that mani/pedi fresh at home with manicure implements.

Crafters – Quilters, sewers, crafters, and fabric lovers, alike, have discovered the beauty of Shop Hops. Your local fabric or quilting supply store should have info on what shops to visit for free patters and more. Fiber artists should see the “must stop” The Village Spinning & Weaving Shop in the quaint Danish village of Solvang on California’s central coast.

Beer and Wine Lovers – Craft breweries are popping up literally everywhere. Tour your local breweries and spread out to find more to try. Be sure to purchase your favorites since they’re typically crafted in small batches. Not a beer drinker? Wineries also offer a beautiful, relaxing day in lovely settings for a special treat.

BBQ Fans – Pork is king for BBQ fans, even though styles vary. Take a driving trip to sample different styles from different regions to find your favorite. Did you know there are even BBQ train tours that will take you to the big three BBQ cities? Seabear Smokehouse makes an interesting grilling sauce for those who love BBQ at home but can’t go on a pilgrimage.

Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015