With the Memorial Day holiday comes the unofficial start of summer and plans for summer vacations. Although the destination possibilities may seem endless, personal funds don’t always make those dreams a reality. Enter the road trip. Did I lose you? Hear me out: let me share why one of my best vacations was a summer road trip.
1. Visit Somewhere Nearby
One of my favorite summer memories was when my family visited Santa Barbara. We live in Los Angeles, so it’s about 1.5 hours one way. We got to our destination quickly and didn’t have any cases of the are-we-there-yets.
2. Inexpensive Options
My family stayed in a hotel located outside of Santa Barbara (less expensive than the hotels in the city center) that included a complimentary breakfast. It was also close to plenty of restaurant and entertainment choices. The best part was that we didn’t feel like we overspent on the trip to enjoy ourselves. Win-win!
3. Eat Like A Local
My family loves Mexican food and I had one of the best jamaica (hibiscus) drinks I have ever had in my life at a local eatery. We ate at a local restaurant where a man performed card tricks. We found a great sushi spot and chatted with the owner who has been in business for decades. It was nice to be in areas that were not filled with tourists. We didn’t eat at one chain restaurant and left feeling like we had a taste of the city.
4. Off the Beaten Path
We decided to spend the trip doing things we rarely have time to do. I visited an antique store and bought a Spanish guitar. We picked fruit on a farm. We sat on a beach, hiked to a waterfall, and drove ATVs. It felt like we were thousands of miles from our busy L.A. lives and we loved spending lazy days together as a family. Our vacations are usually filled with activities so it was a nice change.
5. Choose Good Company
My family’s Santa Barbara trip stands out to me as my favorite summer road trip because it was a lovely way to enjoy spending time with two of my favorite people: my husband and son. The road trip does not have to be a synonym for pain. A memorable road trip is one part what you do and one part who you do it with.