As we prepare for our first of two – yes, two – long road trips this summer, it got me thinking. Where will this summer find you? Are you exploring beaches or mountains? Camping or 4-star luxury hotels? A lengthy vacation or a mini staycation? Something wacky and out of the way? Or something refined and sophisticated?
No matter the travel style and destination, practically everyone enjoys a vacation. But just like everything else, everyone has a different vacation style. What’s yours? Let us know in this week’s poll.
Curious about our family’s vacation style? Let’s just say it’s all over the map. Literally and figuratively. I would have to check every single box in the poll! We will go just about everywhere there is an adventure – and a deal of course! Our definition of adventure is quite wide open.
Now back to this summer’s plans. As mentioned earlier, it’s not one, but two long road trips for us, covering lots of ground and lots of adventure. Along the way we’ll:
- Visit a National Park, National Battleground, National LakeShore, and at least one National Historical Site.
- Explore a major zoo and several state and local parks.
- Educate ourselves with stops at several museums.
- Visit well-known, and not so well known, attractions. Have you ever heard of Lakenenland Junk Yard Art Park? If you are in Upper Michigan, you have to stop by. This will be our second time and my boys can’t wait to go back. Even the teenager!
- Drive more than 3500 miles through ten different states between the two trips. I did say long road trips!
- Spend lots of family time. Attending a wedding, family gathering, as well as “just the four of us” time.
- Get “unplugged” and away from it all with – gasp – no internet on one of our two destinations. So if I seem “off-the-grid” that’s because I probably am! Though I can’t say a local internet cafe might find me enjoying a cup of tea – and a little “connection time” at some point.
- Hiking, biking, swimming, yep, they are on the agenda too, as is beach explorations, digging for clams and hunting for agates.
- And who knows what else – haven’t determined all of our stopping points yet – you have to leave time open for “the unknown.”
That pretty much sums up my family’s definition of travel and adventure – we are all over the map! And we love it. Thankfully our kids have a similar sense of adventure. Just ask them where they want to go!
Enjoy your summer vacation, where ever you may be traveling. Drop a line from where you are in the Comments section below!