Summer only comes once a year. Sure, it’s not for just one day, but it still is a pretty momentous time. That’s why you and your family should take full advantage of the time you have – in my book, that means thinking of some unique, life changing experiences.
Here are a few ideas, tips, and fantasies you could play out over summer. Each of these blow normal summer activities like watching TV and playing video games out of the water! Trust us, these ideas are both more rewarding and they will bring you closer to family – not to mention they promote better health!
Take the Family Camping
This is probably the first go-to of every family, and for good reason. Camping is a great way to get the family out, working together, and having fun. True, those first few hours may seem like a drag to any kid addicted to technology, but if done right, they will be asking for more.
First off, be sure avoid any logistical complications – reserve a spot, make sure there is a safe fire area, get a permit for the back country, and so forth. Having your bases covered is crucial for making this an awesome trip. I always advocate for tent camping over RV camping, and I suggest you do too – there is just something more campy about tents.
Once you’ve got a solid camp spot, you now have a home base for some of the other activities!
White Water Rafting (or River Float)
If you haven’t made your way down a raging river in raft, you’ve got to try it sometime. Probably one of the most exhilarating time in my life was pummeling through some serious rapids on the Snake River in Wyoming. It demands team work, skill, courage, and a willingness to do what it takes to save a buddy if they fall in.
Then again, if that’s a bit too intense, consider just doing a river float. This is a great time for pictures, chatting, and nature watching. Schedule a time our of your camping weekend to float down a river for a few hours – oh, and leave all technology behind!
Another personal favorite is rock climbing. Finding a good camp spot with rock climbing opportunities isn’t impossible to find. It’s actually usually easy! Depending on your level, you may consider hiring a guide for leader for any serious expeditions. Otherwise, I like to head out to a camp spot, grab a camera, and do some free climbing on easy and safe boulders and small cliffs.
Of course, this may not be the best thing to go for with inexperienced family members. Consider taking everyone to a rock climbing gym before hand so they can get a sense of how to use their body, hands, and wit to climb a wall. This makes a great activity in itself, actually!
While we’re on the topic of great sports you don’t get to try everyday, if you’re on vacation in Hawaii or off the coast, consider taking everyone on a sea kayaking trip. Not only are they physically rewarding – challenging your body and concentration – but it is also extremely fun. You won’t soon forget the time you kayaked around Kauai, trust me.
Again, if this is too intense though, consider just getting a boat or joining one of those ocean type of tours. This is a easy, fun way you and your children can enjoy the ocean and its wonder. Trying this idea (as well as the other) is a great way to make the most out of summer. So go out there and have fun like never before!
Create some new memories and challenge yourself with new experiences!