I cannot begin to grasp the idea that summer is almost here. SUMMER! When did that happen? It seems like we were shoveling snow just yesterday. Now we’re planning on what to do Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer.
What are your summer plans? Are you planning on a vacation with your family or friends?
My family and I can’t afford to go on a real vacation. Instead we rely on “day trips.” They don’t usually cost that much and we are able to be home in time to walk our dog and feed our “mini-zoo.”
One of our favorite places to go during the warm weather months are area parks (local or state). We love being outdoors and exploring nature.
When I was younger my family and I took a road trip through Yosemite National Park. That was one of my most favorite vacations. I still remember when we came across an area that had a lot of snow. You don’t always associate California with snow. I know my parents took a picture of me and my sister playing in the snow. I wish I knew where that photo was.
If you are planning a vacation this year across your state, or across the country, be sure to check out Fodor’s Travel.
Did you know that Fodor’s has been around for 80 years? Wow!
Fodor’s is a trusted resource offering expert travel advice.
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, Fodor’s has unveiled a new suite of online tools and updated guidebooks to help travelers plan an unforgettable family trip to America’s incredible natural wonders.
Throughout this year (2016), all parks, including the venerable Yellowstone and Yosemite, will celebrate the centennial with activities and initiatives that allow visitors to revel in their natural, historical, and cultural splendor.
I would love to return to Yosemite with my family (husband and children). They have never been there before. Visiting Yellowstone is on my “Bucket List.”
If your summer vacation plans include a road trip you should check out Fodor’s National Park Road Trip Itineraries, found on Fodors.com. It will help you and your family have the most road-trip worthy adventures to parks across various states.
You should also check out National Parks 101 if you are planning a trip to a national parks, including booking, budgeting and packing tips; and National Parks Finder helps you find and compare national parks based on activity, region or season.
Be sure to check out Fodor’s National Parks of the West, on sale May 10. The book ha been completely updated and provides readers with the best sites, dining, and lodging in and around each park.
When you are planning a road trip, even if it’s just to the grandparent’s house, you should always have entertainment on hand.
One great way to keep everyone entertained while traveling is with audiobooks. When you listen to a book being read to you via an audiobook, you can completely lose yourself in the journey, enjoying the scenery while listening to a great narrator tell you a story.
Audiobook are idea for children because they help to expand vocabulary, teach pronunciation and improve reading comprehension.
Here are some examples of audiobooks.
Did you know that 85% of what we learn, we learn by listening?
Whether it’s a charmingly, quirky tale for your middle grader like Jennifer L. Holm’s The Fourteenth Goldfish, a brain-teasing mystery like Chris Grabenstein’s Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, or Jack London’s classic The Call of the Wild read by Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels, you’ll be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!
These audiobooks are available through Penguin Random House Listening Library of audiobooks.
To learn more check out the hashtag #FodorsOnTheGo on social media.
I have a wonderful giveaway for a lucky reader.
One (1) winner receives:
- Fodor’s The Complete Guide to the National Parks of the West;
- 3 audiobooks to listen to on the drive: The Fourteenth Goldfish, Escape from Mr Lemoncello’s Library, and Call of the Wild;
- PLUS a $50 Visa gift card to put towards filling up the tank!
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Penguin Random House.
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on May 15, 2016. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will need to reply within three days or a new winner will be chosen in their place.
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