Summer vacations are as much of a legacy of the American Dream as anything. While other elements associated with the American Dream either already have or appear poised to become a fuzzy memory like a half-remembered nightmare, the dream of the perfect summer family vacation lingers on. Your kids may grow up having to turn to Wikipedia to find out about things like pensions, company-paid health care and job security, they will forever remember those summer vacations. If, that is, you put some of these tips for smoothing over common problems with vacations to work.
Games for Kids on Planes
You could just let them play games on their own smartphone or tablet, but even if such an option does become standard procedure aboard flights on domestic planes, you just know that one day the airlines will be charging a extra to allow the privilege. Keep the electronics packed while entertaining younger kids and helping fire off those synaptic connections in their growing brains with a terrific memory game. Kicks things off by saying “When I started packing for my vacation, I put in my favorite shirt.” The next player must say the same thing, but add a second item. Things bounce from one player to the next as each ties to remember all the things that were packed before while adding something new. Start over against when things reach the point where someone can’t remember everything that was packed.
First Person Confirmation
If you really want to cut down on your chances of being disappointed when you arrive at your hotel, put this tip for overcoming common summer vacation letdowns to immediately use. Call the hotel and speak directly to an employee. Make sure that your reservation made through any third party facilitator actually went through and that you are there inside the hotel’s computer system. Get the name of the person you spoke to and write down the time of the call and all pertinent information. Don’t rely on Expedia or AAA or AARP or your brother or the company you work for to ensure that you will have the hotel room you reserved at the price you were quoted.
Summer Vacation Attire
One very common problem that arises during summer vacations that take your family out the climate you are used and place you into a one that is significantly different is expectation based on ignorance. Ignorance, not stupidity. If you are heading off for a summer vacation where you know the temperature is much hotter than it is back home, the natural inclination is to bring shorts and t-shirts and swimwear . Such a packing agenda for a summer vacation may keep you cool, but at the price of a bad sunburn. Instead of loading up on summer vacation clothing that exposes a lot of skin, toss in a few long sleeved shirts and long pants constructed of light fabrics. In the first place, you just might be surprised at how much cooler such fashion keeps you over standard summer attire. Secondly, long sleeves and pants may very keep you from spending a good chunk of your summer vacation nursing a bad sunburn. If your summer vacation is taking your northward, be sure to bring along some clothes intended for cooler climate. The higher the altitude of your summer vacation destination, the more likely evening temperatures will be much colder than you expect.
Don’t Eat the Water
Excited about a summer vacation that is going to take you abroad? Maybe your summer vacation will be spend on a cruise to Mexico. Some summer vacation destinations inevitably come with warnings about drinking the water as it relates to decreasing your odds of ending up with diarrhea. In fact, some destinations are so well known for their inherent risk of diarrhea that the instruction to don’t drink the water has become a standard joke. A joke, sure, but one built upon a potential health risk to be seriously avoided. The problem is that many summer vacations to these regions of the world still wind up with time wasted inside the bathroom. Not because travelers drank the water, but because they didn’t take the time to remember that the same water that could infect them doesn’t necessaril y have to be consumed in beverage form to do damage. Any summer vacation destination that has caused you to commit to drinking only bottled water should also be one where you avoid fresh vegetables and fruits. You probably also don’t want to take a chance on raw food like sushi or even underheated food like rare steak. If you can’t guarantee that the milk you drink has been pasteurized or the cheese you eat has been made from milk that was pasteurized, your best bet is to take a pass.
Michigan is For Lovers…of Hiking
Summer vacations that are built around the idea of hiking have the potential to become a real disappointment. Because when you get there it will seem as though every other hiker in the world decided to come to the same place you chose for a summer vacation. No doubt that some summer vacations are dream destinations for getting a great and memorable hiking experience, but if your dream summer vacation involves hiking as a means of getting away from commercial intrusion and too many people on the trails, consider heading to the upper peninsula of Michigan. In reality, both peninsulas that make up Michigan offer spectacular opportunities for a summer vacation built around hiking, but the upper peninsula is better suited for those really aching for a summer vacation that gets them away from it all.
Summer Vacation Odorama
Planning on taking the car a long distance for your summer vacation? If those summer vacation plans includes lots of shorter stops across a greater distance rather than one long trip to a single destination and then back again, you can most definitely expect that the car is gradually going to smell worse and worse. Here’s a useful tip for eliminating the odorama of a summer vacation vehicle. And best of all, you don’t have to be in the car to get it done. Every day on the road has the potential to create a new odor. Maybe one of the kids got sick in the back seat. Maybe your parked a little too close to a dumpster in the hotel parking lot. Maybe you didn’t notice that diaper that fell from the garbage bag underneath the seat. Here’s how to deal with stinky summer vacation buildup. Every night after the car has been used to travel a good distance, pour some plain old distilled vinegar into small bowls and leave them on the front and back seat floors. When you get up in the morning, clean the bowls and store them for use the next time. The time spent driving that day will be less ravaged by unwanted bouquet.