Out-of-the-Box Vacation Planning

Laura Rome

This post is by TheNotMom team writer Laura LaVoie:

After a long winter throughout most of the US, summer is finally around the corner. Many areas went from snow to 80 degree temperatures just this month, so it is time to get those pedicures and break out the sandals!

Here are some unique vacation ideas for couples and singles:

  • A Broadway experience. You may have seen some of the smash musicals on tour in your town, but you certainly can’t argue that Broadway has a charm all its own. Consider taking a vacation to the Big Apple to see Book of Mormon, Mamma Mia or Wicked.

You’ll have a chance to dress up in your fanciest dress and enjoy cocktails at famous bars along the way. Stay at a posh metropolitan boutique hotel to round out the experience. Seeing a musical on Broadway was on my Bucket List, and it was worth every second and dollar.

  • A Roman and Tuscan Holiday. Fly to Rome and experience the unique blend of modern and ancient. Enjoy prosciutto and melon in a street side café. Order a carafe of house red wine and watch the city go by. Practice your Italian.

Next, take a train to Florence and visit the historic Duomo. Rent a car and drive out through the Tuscan hills enjoying more Italian wine and cuisine along the way. I’ve done this and it is amazing. Be sure to visit Siena while you’re there.

  • Celebrity Chef Restaurant Hop. Do you love the Food Network? Consider checking out restaurants owned by famous chefs all over the world. Or, plan a trip to New York or Vegas to hit several of them all at once. Go to Savannah, Georgia to eat at Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons.

Are you into something a little more adventurous? Visit Hawaii to dine at Masaharu Morimoto’s gourmet sushi restaurant. If you randomly find yourself in Detroit, Michigan, check out Roast From chef Michael Symon. In his Cleveland, Ohio hometown, check out Chef Symon’s flagship restaurants – Lola Bistro  and Lolita.

  • Go Glamping.  Is the idea of roughing it a little too much for you to handle? Camping doesn’t have to mean a week of sleeping in a tree and eating nothing but trail mix. Consider glamping.

I have been glamping (with the author of the upcoming book Martinis and Marshmallows) and it doesn’t even resemble its distant cousin “rustic camping.” Experience a seven-course meal cooked on a camp stove. Enjoy 2pm cocktails every day. Spend time with friends in the peace and quiet of a serene natural setting.

  • Volunteer vacation. In November of 2011, I traveled to Durban, South Africa to work with a friend and her organization to start the process of building a shelter for Zulu orphans and other vulnerable children in a nearby township. Having a purpose helped us in ways I hadn’t imagined before we arrived, and it changed my mode of thinking about a lot of things. Many local organizations and religious groups sponsor volunteer trips around the world. Think about the type of things you care most about and use your talents to lend a hand.

Define “vacation” your own way. What kind of unique summer vacation ideas speak to you? 

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