Here we are in the height of summer, one of my favorite seasons for adventuring and simply put, a great time to fill up our happiness tank! As you know, Kenya and I kicked off our summer at Acadia National Park in Maine. Breathtaking is an understatement! The weather was perfect, the views were out of this world and the joy and freedom that being in such a beautiful space elicits was awe-inspiring.
We started in Portland, Maine and drove up the coast finally making it to Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia. We spent 3 amazing days in the most perfect cliff side Airbnb that had beautiful views as far as the eye could see. We hiked the Ocean Path trail, the Gorge Path trail, explored around Jordon Pond and enjoyed a sunset at the summit of Cadillac Mountain. The landscapes were out of this world! The contrast of the expansive Atlantic Ocean dotted with numerous islands versus the many mountain peaks that covered the area was just amazing. If you have never been, I highly recommend you take a trip to this country’s first East Coast National Park asap!
I’ve always enjoyed the outdoors, but I really caught the adventuring bug over the last couple of years. Life was happening and things were not always perfect. Stress of work, health, and trying to figure out my purpose took a toll on me, and I truly found solace in the great outdoors. Being outdoors provided such perspective and a relief that I now crave! I truly believe we can all benefit from spending time outdoors. So, even though this summer seems to be flying by, we still have soooooo much of it left to enjoy! Below are a few adventure travel planning tips that can get you started:
Destination choosing: Not sure where to go? Sit down and think about what you are moved by. Is it mountains, maybe lakes or deserts or just the most beautiful place you can find on the internet? Really think about what you are inspired by, then start your search there. Check out the National Park Service website or even your State’s Parks website for ideas of new areas to explore as well.
Planning: The internet is your friend! Research, research, research. All the information you need is out there. Reach out to your social media and online community and ask for suggestions. Many of your friends and followers have similar interests; don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations for whatever are interested in.
Accommodations: If you are like me, and not a camping pro, but still want to be close to nature, look for “glamping” and/or cabin options. AirBnB is fantastic. I found the cutest Bunkhouse in Arizona when I visited the Grand Canyon earlier this year and of course the Cliff Side Studio that I mentioned above at Acadia. While I definitely want to get into camping, I’m not quite there yet, so this has been a great alternative for me!
What to bring: Be mindful of where you are going, that is the most important thing to remember. Check the weather forecast and be sure to bring a few layers and rain gear in case Mother Nature changes her plans. I suggest making a list based on your plans for each day of your trip so you don’t forget anything. Also make sure someone knows where you are and you have a few emergency items available like a first aid kit, flash light or headlamp and map of where you’ll be.
Obviously this is not an all-inclusive list, but just a few tips to get you started in planning your next adventure! This world is such beautiful place, we encourage you to get out and enjoy it!
I for one, will be milking every last moment of the season, I’ll be learning to Kayak with REI, taking my first backpacking trip in Black Rock Mountain State Park (also with REI!), exploring several new parks and trails in Georgia including Yonah Mountain, Blood Mountain, and Providence Canyon State Park just to name a few.
We wait for summer all year long so that we can get out in the sunshine, soak up vitamin D and enjoy the beauty of this magnificent earth, so what are we waiting for? Let’s get outside and enjoy the summer and live our best life! We can’t wait to hear about all your adventures!