Who doesn't love summer, a time when you can visit somewhere you've never been, or even go to a place you've been over and over, and spend quality time with your family, partner or good friends. Whether it be for a weekend getaway, a week, or two weeks, it's important to make every moment count so you can create everlasting memories. And we have an exciting giveaway* to help you get there in style!
We know you're busy, so we turned to 4 savvy bloggers for suggestions on where to vacation this summer. Their suggestions ranged from traveling local to Sanibel, FL or Beaufort, SC to jetsetting off to Mexico or simply taking a staycation in your hometown. Here's what they had to say.
Paula Schmitt, This Girl Travels
"I love summer. The kids are out of school, the days are long and lazy, the sun is shining and the air is warmer begging for family travel. One of my favorite travel destinations by far is to the beautiful state of Florida, the Sunshine State. From sandy white beaches to vibrant coral reefs, the ocean is always calling. Families can enjoy anything and everything from shell collecting in Sanibel to meeting astronauts at the Kennedy Space Center. And let's not forget theme parks. Florida has some of the biggest and best, including Disney."
Samantha Feuss, Have Sippy Will Travel
"If you are looking for a quiet spot to spend time as a family, but with plenty to see & do, take a gander at Beaufort, South Carolina. This sleepy town is so picturesque that Hollywood has used it as the backdrop for such films as “The Prince Of Tides” and “Forest Gump”, and while there are many lovely cafes, bakeries, chocolateries, coffee shops, and restaurants in the district, you won’t find a Starbucks or a McDonalds in town."
Zippy Sandler, Champagne Living
"I love looking for off-season bargains when traveling. There's nothing like getting luxury accommodations for a fraction of the cost, so my recommendation would be to visit a wonderful all-inclusive resort in Playa del Carmen or Cancun. My favorite is the 5-diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya. Families can stay in the Ambassador Class with access to the ocean, pools, a kids and teens club, and luxury that you can't find anyplace else. With all of the food, activities,and entertainment included (even alcohol for the adults) it's an easy vacation that allows alone time for mom and dad while the kids play with new friends under watchful eyes."
Melissa Chapman,The Staten Island Family
"I am a TOTAL staycation kind of girl. I love the idea of playing tourist in my backyard - which just so happens to be the greatest city in the world- NYC. And while we live in NYC, we are on Staten Island, which requires a ferry ride or a trip over the bridge to get to the bright lights and big city of Manhattan. So I am always looking for great NYC hotels that will allow us to drive in, park our car and stay overnight, so that we can take in all the sights and sounds without for a solid 24 hours with no distractions. The bonus is when I can bring our dogs along- so I am all about pet friendly accommodations."
And now for the prize!*
We're giving away a luggage set from Heys that's packed with personality!
It's an expandable 22" Spinner & Beauty Case with style galore (it's so easy to spot at baggage claim!)
TO ENTER, just comment below about your favorite things to do in Summer, and you'll automatically be entered to win!
*This giveaway is open through July1 to USA residents at least 18 years of age. No purchase necessary.
Congratulations to our lucky winner!: HPan210
Who doesn't love summer!
I love to be out on the water on a twin size air mattress soaking in the sun!! I call it "floaty duty"!!
being on the beach with my family and no electronics! Cyndia
I enjoy the slower pace of summer. Visiting friends on long weekend trips and making one longer trip each year.
My favorite thing to do during the summer is laying in my hammock! It's like a mini vacation in my own backyard!
Go to the waterpark!
I know that my comment with be the typical response on i love to spend time with my family but it's the truth I am always with my family or friends enjoying the beach , bbq, going out to dinners , family get togethers. This past couple of years I have lost a lot of older relatives. That's why I value the time i have with the family that I still have I want to make memories that I will hold on to forever.
I enjoy the family reunions held during the summer months. Being military, we seldom lived near either of our families and it was great to catch up with the maxinum number of relatives.
I love the long days and the sunshine.We just plan on doing things around town here.
I love to go on the boat and go to different marina and restuarant by water.
Summertime at the lake with my family is my favorite thing about summer.
Even at 67 years old I love to walk through the sandy beaches and shoreline with my 4 year old grandson searching for seashells he's my one and only grandchild and at my age I try to spend time with him with I can afford the plane fair to see him.
Summer is all about family. It's a time to enjoy the parks more, go to the lake and travel around checking out our National park system. I love the smell of summer even when it's been raining the air just smells wonderful. Playing outside with the kids taking bike rides. Summer is a time for relaxing and enjoying our wonderful country.
I love the summer spending time with family cooking and swimming just so peaceful I never actually been on a trip but spending time with my family is awesome.
My favorite activity to do in the summer is hike! It is what I look forward to all year.
just hanging out with the kids watching them enjoy the summer and sometimes joining in the fun
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