Plan a Perfect Outing Without Breaking The Bank
The longer days and sunny skies of summer provide plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure, often just a few steps outside your front door. To help you get the most out of your summer, here are a few fun activities to help you discover the greater outdoors on any budget:
The Greater Outdoors
Day hikes, camping trips and outdoor volunteer activities are great ways to get outside. These outings allow you to relax, re-energize and discover new hobbies, while giving back to the environment.
Many parks and campgrounds allow reservations, so phone ahead to book your activity. To find local campgrounds or incorporate volunteer opportunities into your trip, visit the National Park Service at www.nps.gov, the Conservation Alliance at www.conservationalliance.org or the American Hiking Society’s Volunteer Vacation program at www.americanhiking.org/volunteerVacation.aspx.
A Swing at Family Fun
If you’re looking for a quick weekend activity, a relaxing round of golf or a family bike ride may be the perfect answer. Activities like these require little planning and allow you to spend time in a natural setting.
Many golf courses offer family or group rates as well as reduced rates for junior golfers, aged 17 and under. This July, participating courses are allowing children to play for free during Family Golf Month. To locate these courses, visit www.playgolfamerica.com.
For bicycle safety tips or to locate trails near you, visit www.pedaling.com.
Life’s a Beach
On summer days, a trip to the beach or river will keep you cool for less than you’d spend on air conditioning. Pack a picnic, books and a Frisbee, and you’re off for a day of fun for a fraction of the price that you’d spend at an amusement park.
In addition to sunscreen, certain clothing lines allow you to enjoy the outdoors longer while staying protected from harmful UV rays. With UPF ratings between 15 and 50, Columbia Sportswear’s Omni-Shade line, which has The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Approval, includes everything from swim trunks to outerwear.
Summer provides endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.With a little planning, you can enjoy the season both safely and economically.