Taking an annual trip to the beach is fun and relaxing, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut visiting the same place year after year. If you’re tired of the same old hackneyed vacations at the resort or cabin, it might be time to mix it up a bit and try something completely different. Here are a few ideas to help you get started on a new adventure:
Check out a dude ranch. Go horseback riding, camping, fishing, and rafting among a wide range of activities when you spend some time on a ranch. Don’t worry too much about roughing it; most of today’s dude ranches feature gourmet cooks and top of the line room choices.
Dig into the past as an archeological volunteer or take a tour of a dig in progress! That’s right; you can see the secrets of the Mayans and other cultures, and understand the way they lived centuries ago when they ruled their worlds.
Go off the beaten path. Look for historical sites to tour and museums that feature the history of the place you’re visiting. Learn about the area and the people who settled there for a better understanding of the way the locale developed.
Take a local tour. Instead of joining the tours featured by your guide consider heading for the hills with a local driver instead. Visit a quiet area of an island, go to a restaurant the locals enjoy, or join a local fisherman for a day on the water.
If one or more of these ideas sparks your interest, before your next vacation you should do a quick search of the area you plan to visit. Look for off the wall attractions and museums that are off the beaten path, and let your imagination do the rest. With some quick internet research and a bit of planning you can make your next vacation something to remember, instead of just another week that blends into the past. After all, shouldn’t a vacation give you something to keep besides a sunburn and sand in your shoes?