It’s starting to feel more like summer! So why not start thinking about making this summer one of the best with the family? Check out these vacation ideas from Kaity Nakagoshi that will help you, the family and your pocketbook stay lean and healthy.
Before we know it, the kids will be out of school and summer time will be upon us! You’ve probably already started plotting potential vacation destinations in your mind. After all, a family vacation requires all sorts of advanced-planning, so the sooner you can iron out the details the better.
This year, consider a fun-filled family getaway that will also nourish your mind, body, and soul. Often times, we associate vacations with indulging and splurging, both in regards to food and finances. It is certainly ok to splurge and indulge a little bit, but be careful not to go overboard. Nobody wants to return from a relaxing trip with a wallet and waistline that are filled with regret.
There are plenty of ways that you and your family can enjoy the benefits of traveling without having to renew your passports or forfeit your healthy diets. Keep in mind that a summer vacation is meant to provide relaxation, rejuvenation, and real time memories. Here are some ideas to guide you through the process of planning your souped-up summer vacation:
- Consider the Campfire Classic – Camping is certainly not a new outdoor activity, but it is not something that everyone has experienced. Keep location and climate in mind when it comes to a summer camping trip. If you don’t want to “rough it” completely in a tent, you can rent an RV or stay at a campsite that has some amenities available. Participate in family activities during the day – volleyball, hiking, swimming, hide and go seek, tennis, etc. – and cook healthy hearty meals from the foods you bring along.
- Make the Most of the Mountains – Renting a cabin in the mountains for a week provides more than breathtaking views. Being in this kind of environment during the summer time allows you to eat out minimally and partake in all kinds of outdoor adventures, such as: whitewater rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, rock climbing, and casual downtown strolling.
- Ode to the Ocean – If your family craves the water and sunshine then vacationing on or near the ocean can certainly be a healthy experience for everyone. Some of the saltwater activities to take advantage of include stand-up paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, kayaking, beach yoga, sandcastle building, sailing, and fishing. Each day can be filled with physical activity.
- Pound the Pavement – Renting an RV makes it financially possible to travel to many different places in one trip. In addition, you get to expand your family’s cultural horizons, learn about historical landmarks, and participate in local activities. Since you end up spending a significant amount of time road-tripping, be sure to stock the recreational vehicle with healthy snacks and indoor activities that will ward off boredom.
- Revise the Resort – If staying at a luxurious resort is what tickles your fancy, this can still be a viable option for a summer vacation. You just need to revise the typical resort experience. Look for room options that include a kitchenette, so that you don’t have to eat out for every meal. Avoid the elusive all-you-can-eat buffets and don’t waste away every day lounging by the pool with a fruity-cocktail in your hand. Most resorts offer an array of onsite activities, as well as transportation to nearby attractions.
About the Author
This guest article was written by Kaity Nakagoshi, the Online Community Director for a mom-and-pop outdoor adventure and sporting goods store in Tampa. Kaity’s favorite outdoor activities include golf, fishing, and mountain biking, even though Florida is not equipped with any mountains. She graduated from the University of South Florida and is borderline addicted to online shopping.
Do you have any healthy summer family vacation ideas to share?