Archive for May, 2016
It was not your typical trip to the big city, but that does not mean it was any less planned.
The four family members each had one specific thing they wanted to do:
Brooklyn Bridge The father wanted to visit the bridge that he had read about in David McCullough’s book. As the family walked back and forth across the bridge that was first built nearly 150 years ago, the father shared all kinds of information that he had learned about the structure. Noting that the achievement took 13 years to build, at the time it was built it was the largest suspension bridge in the world.
Broadway Show Although it has been showing for many years, the youngest daughter was anxious to see Wicked. Fueled by her high school involvement in choir, show choir, band, and orchestra, she was looking forward to her first Broadway show. You skimped on some meals during the week so that you could spring for really good seats.
Tour the City The mom did not have anything specific that she wants to see, she simply wanted to experience the New York that she had read about in books and seen in movies. The Staten Island Ferry, the Statue of Liberty, and the museums and galleries made for fun stops and even better pictures.
Big City Shopping The oldest daughter said that she would be content to let some of her shopping be of the window watching variety, but she really wanted to experience the big name stores as well as the unique boutiques. In search of both bargains and something she could not find at home, she truly enjoyed the four story clothing stores and the smaller shops. Ever the wise shopper, she left with arms full of bargains and a couple more expensive, but special purchases.
Making the Decision to Tour the City of New York Can be a Grand Adventure
One of the best things about traveling to visit a large city is that it is not necessary to have a car. From taking the Staten Island Ferry in and out of the city to taking a charter bus tour to see all of the cities big sites, New York City is an example of a city that does not require a rental car. Single day bus tours allow visitors to see several sites in one outing. With prepurchased tickets that often allow bus travelers to avoid the long lines that the general public stands in, scheduled tours help visitors tour the city efficiently. Although it is sometimes fun to wander about without an agenda, visiting a large city like New York City takes some planning as well. If visitors do not want to take scheduled bus tours, getting tips from others who have visited and talking to locals and hotel personnel can be helpful.
Consider these local recommendations before making the decision to tour the city of New York:
When traveling between Staten Island and the theater district, visitors can meander around Battery Park, where there is a free Native American Museum across the street. They can also travel up the east side and between 14th and 34th streets is the High Line Park. I was originally built on an old elevated train trestle and it is a lovely little place where New York locals go for afternoon dates and quiet walks. Although there may not be many flowers during the colder months, there are many nearby places to eat.
While visitors travel uptown to the theater district they can also visit Bryant Park, which is at the intersection of 6th Avenue and 42nd Street. The enormous public library has ice skating, cafes, and snacks outside. Visitors can rent skates for as little as $14. Additionally, the incredibly beautiful library often has free art exhibits.
Another interesting location to visit is the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood just north and west of Times Square. This is another area with a variety of food offered at local restaurants.
Visiting a city as large as New York is challenging. Whether you decide to take a local bus tour or follow local advice, you will likely find far more to do than what can be visited in a few days.
Americans are often said to be one of the most over-worked populations in the world. According to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, 25% of working Americans get zero paid time off from their jobs. Even our neighbors to the north in Canada are given 19 days of paid vacation time, while countries like France and Italy offer their employees 31 days of paid time off from work. If you’re luck enough to get away from the office for a while — whether it’s a week or a weekend — make sure you make the most out of it, because we Americans are already starved for relaxation time as it is.
Even when we do manage to escape, whether it’s to exotic cities, all inclusive resorts, or beachside vacation rentals, work guilt pervades our lives. Recent surveys reveal that 10% of vacationers claim they can’t relax at all while on holiday, and it’s no wonder: 25% said a colleague contacted them while away and 20% corresponded with their boss while on vacation! So much for relaxation and de-stressing.
If you’re paying good money for vacation rentals, make the most out of your new home-away-from-home. Soak in everything the luxury villas have to offer, whether it’s sun, sand, water, or wine. But with those all inclusive vacation packages, there’s one thing you really ought to exclude, and that’s the Internet.
It’s easier said than done. The constant habits of checking email, scrolling through social media, and catching up with the world through its wide web are a safety net for sanity in the real world, but they’re hard habits to kick while on vacation. Our thumbs seem to have minds of their own, opening apps before we even know what’s happening. Leaving your phone on the bedside table might help you cut back while you’re out on the town or beach, but its irresistible updates will still be waiting when you return.
The only way to kick scrolling syndrome while you’re on holiday is to ban the Internet from your vacation rentals entirely. You might panic, at first, when your email doesn’t refresh or your newsfeed doesn’t reload. But with a little bit of time, it can serve as a calming reminder that the world doesn’t always have to refresh itself at breakneck speed. Sometimes, the best refresher is enjoying the stillness of the world around you, just as it is.
Family cabin camping is a great way to spend time with your family — and get back in touch with nature. In fact, about 40 million Americans go camping every year!
Camping isn?t like staying in a hotel, though — there is some prep you?ll need to do before hand, not surprisingly. Here?s a few things you?re going to need to keep in mind.
Picking the Right Cabin Camping Sites
What are the right sites for your camping adventure? Here?s what you should keep in mind: young kids can get more easily bored. This doesn?t mean you need to bring along your iPad so that they can play games all day. However, keep in mind that a location with either a waterpark or a lake for swimming can give kids a way to have fun during the day, cool down, and also burn off energy. Research as well the local weather conditions for the season; sometimes when camp grounds are located near mountains or lakes, the weather can vary more than you might expect for a similar location elsewhere.
Pack Some Fun Food Options
Just because it?s a camping adventure, doesn?t mean you need to pack hot dogs for every meal. Jazz things up with things like walking tacos (bring typical taco ingredients and throw them into bags of doritos or fritos; shake up, and enjoy with or without a fork). You can also make fun, easy desserts — almost anything can be cooked over a fire using just tinfoil. Try a banana with chocolate, for example. Not only is it delicious, but it gets the whole family eating fruit — it?s important not to snack on all carbs and stay healthy, even if you?re on a family vacation!
You may have heard of Lyme disease — it?s spread by deer ticks and it?s common in many parts of the U.S. For most people, it will produce merely flu-like symptoms for a short period of time. For others, however, it can cause long lasting health problems. Always check for ticks after going outdoors, and prepare for your adventure with insect spray, sunscreen, hats to shield your face, sunglasses, a first aid kit (complete with bandaids and neosporin), and anything else you may need to stay safe while staying at cabin camping sites.
Would you enjoy a family cabin camping adventure? Let us know if these tips would help!