Now that Memorial Day has come and gone, it's official:
Summer's here! And those summer travels are ready to begin.
For as long as I can remember, those hot days have been my favorite part of the year, filled with long, lazy days at the beach, surfing lessons (before my husband broke the fins on my surfboard), swimming at the pool, and family gatherings (usually with lots of watermelon and strawberries).
But my favorite part of my favorite time of year has to be the summer traveling. When we were small, my parents would pile my sister and I into our car (which varied from a 1989 Oldsmobile to a 1994 Volvo as we got older) and head out on the open road. Some years, we'd end up in Walt Disney World, while other years took us to Canada, Mexico, or any of the states along the eastern seaboard!
Now that I'm older and have a kid of my own, I'm still carrying on the tradition of family trips: we've got some fun jaunts planned to Edisto Island, South Carolina; St. Augustine, Florida; and Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Between those trips, we'll be doing everything we can to pack even more fun and travel into our summer months. Here's how:
Make a summer bucket list. If it's written down, you're more likely to accomplish it. So, have a big gathering with the kids, your spouse, your friends--whoever you'll be with during the summer--and see what you'd like to accomplish. Ice cream all around if you manage everything on the list by August 1!
Use your long weekends wisely. Make use of those extra days you get off of work on Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day, and take a road trip. You could also take a longer trip each of those weeks, but only have to take four days off from work. Make the system work to your advantage!
|St. Simons Island lighthouse, Georgia|
Summer's also a great time to visit a few county, state, or national parks. They're packed with activities for the whole family, and the entrance fees are very reasonable.
|Indian Rocks Beach, Florida|
|The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida|
As you go on your merry way around your city, state, or the globe, consider joining the Discover It Miles program, so you can make even more out of your travels. There aren't any annual fees, your miles never expire, and you can redeem any amount of miles for cash. Plus, the program was named the highest in customer satisfaction in 2014. Sweet!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
What are your summer travel plans? Do you have a miles program to help you make the most out of your travels?