With us in mid-summer, many people are planning that long-awaited getaway they promised themselves they'd take once the snow melted. Others, however, will find themselves stuck at home—whether by choice or by design.
People forgo vacations for many reasons: time, affordability, and indecision, to name just a few. In June 2017, a poll revealed that 43% of Americans couldn't afford a summer vacation (or, presumably, a vacation at any other time). Others might not be so lucky as to earn vacation time where they work, or else they've used up all their allotted days. Still others might be on the fence about where to go, or even too self-conscious about their bodies to risk being seen in a bathing suit. If any of this sounds familiar, read on for an exploration of the best vacation spots this summer has to offer, and why you shouldn't allow yourself to miss out.
If you're feeling self-conscious about the way you look after a long, sedentary winter, join the club. Most people have at least one aspect of their appearance that they'd prefer to change, and bodies come in all shapes and sizes. That said, low self-esteem is a bummer, so if you're looking to rock that new bathing suit you dared yourself to buy, here are a few tips to help you get more toned and fit. Download a fitness app. These are numerous and user-friendly, making it easy for you to track your caloric intake, exercise, and more.
Also, get moving. A brisk, daily 30-minute walk will do more than help you get in shape; it's also been shown to reduce the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular diseases. In addition to exercise, look into trying Le-Vel Thrive. They have many health enhancing products that can help you lose and maintain your goal weight.
Think you can't afford a vacation this year? It might not be as unattainable a goal as you believe. Stay close to home. You don't have to fly halfway around the world to create great memories. Choose a popular resort town that's close to where you live, and play tourist for a weekend.
Use a rewards credit card. Many card companies offer airline miles and general bonus points. Now's the time to cash in some of those hard-earned rewards. If you have a hotel-affiliated card, use it to save on lodging.
Sign up for email price alerts. Websites like Kayak will let you know when prices undergo a significant drop. This works best if you don't have a specific destination in mind, and are willing to go with the flow.
The Road Less Traveled
Sometimes, it can be difficult to unwind when surrounded by hundreds of other travelers. If you'd like to really unwind, try a jaunt to one of these summer hideouts.
Small college towns. These are bustling hives of activity during the school year, and often all but deserted from mid-May to late August.
Lakeshore over seashore. You'd be hard-pressed to find an empty patch of sand by the ocean during the summer months, but lakes are another story. Non-swimming beaches. If you're just as happy strolling along the sand without getting wet, these are likely to be less crowded.
Remember: even if you can't afford that dream trip, chances are the destination isn't going anywhere. So whether you travel twenty miles or two thousand, or if you never get a chance to wear that bathing suit after all, keep your goals in keen focus. Next year will be here before you know it.