Archives For Summer Vacation

Not too long ago I suggested a few Quirky But Beautiful Road Trip Destinations that you and your family might enjoy now that summer vacation season is officially underway.

Before you get too excited about mapping out your next road trip destination, let’s bring you back to reality for a few minutes.

The Zen of Road Trips: 5 Ways to Survive the Drive

Road Trips can either be amazing journeys that you remember forever or they can be the thing of nightmares that you’ll never forget (as much as you may want to).

Personally I’ve experienced both ends of the spectrum, and I can tell you if you want to have a Zen-like vacation that’s free of stress it all comes down to preparing ahead of time.

So whether you’re hitting the road to visit your family or you’re diving off to experience something new – follow along with these 5 Ways to Survive the Drive and the odds of you having an anxiety free vacation are in your favor.

1. Prepare Your Vehicle Before You Hit The Road

OK, first things first. Your mind and body won’t be in a peaceful state if your vehicle isn’t prepared to handle the rigors of a long road trip.

Before you set out on your journey, make sure your vehicle is in good shape. Check your oil, tire pressure and all the vital fluids. If anything needs to be tuned up or fixed, schedule a service appointment before you head out.

And remember (and I speak from experience on this one), if the check engine light comes on during your trek, stop immediately and get it checked out (R.I.P. ’86 Chrysler Lebaron).

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If you’ve been following along with us here on, you’ve noticed that summer time means travel time.

According to a survey done by TripAdvisor, three in four summer travelers take a road trip by car which means that there’s a pretty good chance you’re going on a Road Trip of your own in the near future.


While I’ve been working hard to give your my best tips for having a stress-free road trip, I thought I would take a different approach with this article and show you how you can quickly ruin your summer vacation in just a few simple steps!

Now obviously I don’t suggest doing any of these things, but it should hammer home just how easy it is for a road trip to go awry if you’re not properly prepared.

So are you ready to ignore the busy roadways, your vehicle maintenance and summer madness in general? Me too, here we go!

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So you have your road trip destination picked out and you are looking forward to having a stress free journey. The only thing left to do is make sure that no matter how long your trip, you have everything you need to make it a success.


There’s a lot to keep track of before hitting the road and for that reason I wanted to share with your this Cheat Sheet of 9 Road Trip Essentials.

Keep this cheat sheet handy, and you’ll be able to kick back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.

~ Greg Andersen


1. Bring a First Aid Kit (Just In Case)

Do you have a first aid kit in your car at all times? I’m going to guess that most of us don’t.

Let’s face it, accidents happen and can sometimes be inevitable. Whether it’s a scrapped knee from your child’s ill-advised sprint (and subsequent fall) across the Dairy Queen parking lot or something a tad more serious, having a first aid kit is a great way to ensure the safety of your loved ones.

The real questions is what items should you keep stocked in your kit?

At minimum, be sure your first aid kit contains motion sickness remedies, pain killers, anti-bacterial cream and bandages.

If you want to be as prepared as a Boy Scout, check out what they recommend for their first aid kits.

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As the summer breeze starts to move in, that means school is almost out and vacations are upon us. Do you have any trips planned this summer?


If not, why not plan a road trip in your new vehicle and save on airfare?

Planning your summer vacation is easy with our list of four quirky but beautiful road trip destinations you can take in your vehicle!

Plan an Outdoor Adventure in Sawtooths, Idaho


If you love the outdoors, then Sawtooths, Idaho is for you!

Your journey can start in Idaho City and test out your vehicles handling while winding through those mountain roads. Discover the city’s 19th century buildings while following in the gold rush miners’ tracks.

Next, enjoy all that nature has to offer at the Sawtooth National Recreation Area. It’s encircled by evergreen forests and the 7,056 foot tall Banner Summit, you’ll see a wide variety of wildlife. From elk and hawks, to deer and beautiful butterflies, Sawtooth has tons to wildlife.

You can even take a swim in the hot springs or go fishing in the trout stream. Whatever activity you pick, you’ll have a breathtaking view of the jagged mountain tops.

Follow in Ernest Hemmingway’s footsteps at your last stop in Sun Valley Resort, named “America’s original ski resort.”

Here you can find swank vacation homes of celebrities as well as an Ernest Hemingway memorial where the American writer made his final resting place.

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