Summer is finally here, and for many, the warmer weather and breaks from school inspire us to get away from home and start planning a vacation. If you’re ready to get away and beat the heat this summer, keep reading to learn a few tips to help you explore the world this year.
Take a Worldwide Vacation—Without Leaving the U.S.
Tropical destinations and exotic locales are a popular choice for summer travel. But before you consider taking off to another country, why not explore your own backyard—or your distant backyard, for that matter?
There are plenty of U.S. destinations that will leave you feeling as though you’ve jet-set off to exotic destinations. Hawaii is a great substitute for a tropical adventure in the Caribbean or Thailand. If you’ve never been to the desert, a trip to national parks in Arizona, Utah, or New Mexico can open your eyes to some incredible and unique landscapes. There is also no shortage of towns across the U.S. where you can experience worldwide cultures. For instance, Holland, Michigan feels as though you’ve stepped across the pond to the city’s namesake country, while Leavenworth, Washington looks as though it was plucked straight from an alpine mountain in Germany.
If you want to explore a whole new world without even having to whip out your passport, plan a visit to Alaska this summer. From towering mountains to incredible glaciers, beautiful towns, and plenty of wildlife, you’ll feel as though you’ve left the country for an exotic destination.
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with putting your passport to work, there are also plenty of unique and incredible destinations to enjoy here in the U.S.
Make Travel a Breeze
A visit to Alaska may be a great chance to feel as though you’ve left the U.S. behind, but getting around in this massive state can be a challenge. Driving from one city to the next can easily take an entire day, and weather and wildlife can turn a fun road trip into a hassle.
With a cruise to Alaska, you can take in the highlights without having to worry about a lengthy road trip. Plus, you’ll get the chance to relax and recharge with pools, entertainment, casino games, and more while you travel from one destination to the next.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
It’s easy to fall into the pattern of booking the same vacation year after year. For many larger families or those who feel as though they’re too busy to plan a complicated trip, that means staying close to home, perhaps with a cabin or home rental, and enjoying tourist destinations in your own town. But before you plan a comfortable staycation, consider the benefits of trying something new.
Breaking out of your comfort zone carries a number of benefits. It can open your eyes to new ideas and interests you might not have known that you had. You can grow as an individual, becoming more confident and emotionally strong. It can even help you to better deal with changes in other areas of your life, which is something we could all benefit from.
While a local getaway can be a chance to relax, an exciting vacation to a destination like Alaska or anywhere new is an opportunity to try new things and break out of your comfort zone. Try zip-lining, deep-sea fishing, or canoeing for the first time—you might be shocked to find that you’re not just good at one of these activities, but also love it!
Beating the heat with an exciting vacation is easier than you might think! Put these tips to work to plan a fun, exciting worldwide adventure for you and your family.