Summer vacation, the days of rest and relaxation, the blissful break from the hustle and bustle of school, is something that we all look forward to year after year.
It’s the embodiment of freedom — the opportunity to go wherever we please, the lazy days of sleeping in, reading a book in the sun, and being able to spend time with friends, family, or simply alone.
Although most of us think of the beach or the pool when picturing the perfect summer getaway, I love taking trips to explore new places, try new things, and expand my knowledge.
My favorite memory was a trip to the Grand Canyon, somewhere I had always dreamed of going.
Although I had seen pictures and videos, nothing quite compares to the thrill of standing in front of millions of years of history.
It was the perfect chance to spend the day with my friends, eating lunch together on the edge of the canyon, and learning about the science behind that powerful landscape.
The thrill of the journey doesn’t stop there. Road trips allow me to explore different states, spot animals and natural wonders, and appreciate the world around me.
Flying is another great option for the adventurous and curious individual. When I visited my sister in Hawaii, I was able to experience a new culture, try new activities, and spend the days exploring the islands with her.
Summer vacation is such an amazing time to go out and explore, whether you’re staying in your own backyard or traveling the world.
With the right plans and mindset, these experiences have the potential to be even more enriching than a staycation.