It appears our generation is becoming more demanding when it comes to holiday destinations. No longer satisfied with the usual haunts, or with sitting by the hotel pool, we are roaming further afield, seeking out adventures and following in the footsteps of offspring who took off in their teens.
Even though Chapman is a self-proclaimed WASP, Martha's Vineyard just seemed too Pre-Prison Piper. Bermuda is where affluent East Coasters go to get just outside their comfort zones enough to brag to their friends.
This year you can be prepared for the challenges, face them head on and persevere. First acknowledge your challenges, and then have healthy summertime habits to carry you through the four major summertime challenges.
It sounds like an impossible feat: pack for an 18-day trip in a single carry-on-sized suitcase. But Social Media Specialist Melissa proves that it's possible, as she did just the thing on her recent trip to Eastern Europe.
There are beaches for partying, beaches for swimming, and beaches for doing absolutely nothing at all. If you're after the latter, we've got you covered.
But there are ways to ease back into the nine-to-five-drill without losing your hard-earned relaxation the second you enter the door.
Not only do many lakeside getaways provide the same awesome temperatures and activities as beach locales, but they're also often calmer and cheaper as well.
Don't get me wrong; I believe in education. I make sacrifices for my kids' education. School opens doors. An education is a gift no one can take away. I know all this. But between you and me -- and please don't tell my kids -- I'm a summer mom.
If you're ready to set off on your next big adventure, but you're not sure where to go (or, better yet, what to do), we've compiled a list of incredible things you can do in some of the most interesting places in the world.
The above painting, captures the innocence of childhood and my love of Martha's Vineyard. I have traveled to the island every summer for the last 17 years. It's hard to write about its splendor without sounding cliche.
What comes to mind when you think of the perfect beach? Do you hear the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore, feel white sand shifting beneath your feet? Whatever your ideal sandy spot, your own section of paradise should be just that -- your very own.
I'm always happily the person who takes responsibility for knowing where to go or how to get there, even when I don't really know how to get there.
You know just how important it is to make every ounce of that paid time off count.
Establish rules. If you're too nice, you may wind up out of your bed, with an empty fridge and guests in your bathroom until the fall. Maybe even write "rules of the house" and place them on a table in the guest room. And if they aren't followed, speak up.
Building a business is hard work. It is an enormous investment of blood, sweat, tears, and financial resources. What's even harder than building a business? Carrying out a legacy.