Traveling. It’s an integral part of vacations everywhere. From flying in planes, to riding in trains, to sailing on the open seas on a cruise ship, everyone has a favorite way to do it. Some people enjoy camping, or backpacking, and getting out in nature. Others enjoy laying back and relaxing aboard a cruise ship, or in a luxury hotel. Some people enjoy back packing across Europe, or camping in the woods. Here are the top five vacation methods for whichever type of traveler you are.
A cruise is the best case scenario for a relaxing trip without any muss or fuss. Everything is catered to you so you don’t have to worry about the cooking, or cleaning, or planning activities. The cruise line does all of that for you and more. Basically, if you want a truly relaxing vacation, if you want to do what you want, when you want, with no schedule at all, a cruise is best for you. This is also a great, kid-friendly way to travel, because there is fun for everyone, whether that means bingo night, massages, ping pong tournaments, or just having fun in the swimming pools. Everyone can enjoy the trip in whichever way they desire. After all, that is what a cruise is meant to do.
It’s the ultimate DIY vacation. Back packing is the more hard-core version of tenting. It’s great for people who like to be independent, and who love to explore without deadlines or schedules. Backpacking may be less kid-friendly than regular camping simply because of the arduous nature of the activity, but if a kid can carry his or her own water bottle and sleeping roll, there is no reason that it shouldn’t be enjoyable for them, too.
If you are going to back pack, with or without a child, it is important to plan out exactly what you will pack and how. Water is a must, and you cannot assume that you will have enough, the same with sunblock and other necessities. Do It Yourself vacations are a double-edged sword, but if you take the proper precautions in planning and packing, it can be tons of fun that you will remember forever.
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3. RV Travel
Recreational vehicles are the way to go if you want to be out in the middle of a forest, and still have a relatively comfortable place to sleep. Almost all of the National Parks, including Sequoia and Yosemite, have trailer parking, and trailer campsites. With an RV, you still have a stove, a bed, a clean bathroom, while vacationing. This is especially great is you are far away from the nearest bathroom or shower. It’s also a great way to ease a first timer into experiencing nature. After a hike, you can return to a cozy home away from home, in an RV.
Also, RVs are easy! They have everything that you need in them, so there will be no scrambling to the nearest store for fire wood, or a lantern, or an extra sleeping bag. They’re basically a vacation home on wheels!
4. Hotel stays
Hotel stays are great if you want a comfortable bed, a shower, toiletries, indoor plumbing, in short, if you don’t want to be out in the middle of a forest in a tent. In all likelihood, if you are staying at a hotel, you probably are in a city, or at least, a well-traveled area, as opposed to deep in the woods. If a person in your party doesn’t like the idea of tent camping, this is ideal. Also, hotels generally have: maps, lists of places to see, suggestions for food and fun activities, ideas for day outings, or just an afternoon excursion.
5. Tent camping
Tent camping could be described as an easier, less strenuous version of back packing. Mainly, the difference is that the tent stays in one place. I always went tent camping with my family, whether to Sequoia or Yosemite or anywhere in between and we had the best time just hanging out with each other away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The great thing about tent camping is that you can get the most out of nature without the hassle of back packing, especially if you have little kids. You simply park yourself at your campsite, put up the tent, move all your stuff into it, and then sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. Extra points if you have a campfire pit for roasting s’mores.
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What is your favorite vacation method? Do you have any tips to share with us? If so, please tell us in the comments below!