The pacific northwest of the United States conjures images of lush green flora and fauna. It entices you to dream of trails alongside the seaside. You picture idyllic scenes of serenity and geographic wonder. Let me tell you, it does not disappoint. This was my first trip to Oregon. We hiked and ran the areas surrounding Cannon Beach and experienced breathtaking views and incredible trail running and hiking experiences.
The clear blue waters surrounding Bora Bora, and the adjacent islands of French Polynesia, are home to incredible sea life and natural formations that are straight from your dreams. Instead of living your fantasies vicariously through TV programs, you can enjoy pristine beaches and explore the Pacific Ocean via undersea adventures. Bora Bora is a world-class leisure destination. Overwater bungalows and snorkeling make the beaches of Bora Bora ideal for vacation.
For the past two years, my husband and I have traveled to beautiful Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for our yearly beach vacation. We are always adamant about choosing a budget and sticking with it, and this year’s budget was $1,000 that we had slowly put aside into savings each paycheck. In total, the cost of our vacation was $850- under budget! Best of all, we didn’t sacrifice a quality vacation to stay under budget. Here’s how we managed a vacation in Myrtle Beach on a budget.
Road trips are always quite the adventure for our family, especially now that we have seven children to travel with. Driving rather than flying to our vacation destinations gives each of us a chance to explore new landscapes, culture, and a large amount of food. Our children travel well, so we decided to visit two very different beaches in the last few years. We headed to California to visit Pismo beach as well as Florida to visit Cape San Blas. Both destinations were amazing so it is hard to compare. However, we’ll do our best to break down Cape San Blas vs Pismo Beach.
Sea kayaking is exhilarating! There is nothing quite like approaching the waves on a small watercraft. In a sea kayak you sit only a few inches above the vast ocean. While it is a blast, it is not always easy. Here are a few tips to make sea kayaking in the Outer Banks a success!
Observe all Safety Precautions and Protocols
We do not encourage inexperienced people to go sea kayaking. It can be a dangerous sport to partake in. Follow this link to read more and make sure you fully understand the dangers of ocean kayaking. Before you set out on the ocean or sea take lessons and go with a trained professional. Always follow local rules and regulations. Pay attention to safety protocols, guidelines and weather recommendations. Follow this link to learn more about the basic safety guidelines for ocean kayaking.
2. Wear a Life Jacket, Always
No matter whether you are going far out to see or only kayaking close to shore. A life jacket is a must have. Make sure that your life jacket is the appropriate size. Be sure to wear it correctly. Your life jacket should come with instructions to wear it properly. We also recommend you consider wearing a helmet and other safety equipment. It is better to take absolute precaution when venturing into the ocean.
3. Have Someone Take A Video & Pictures
After I finished kayaking on the ocean I was thrilled to learn that my mom took a video and some pictures! It was great to look back at the videos and pictures. I will always remember the feeling of freedom I felt on the ocean. Now I can reminisce every time I watch the video of my adventure!
4. Secure Valuables
It is possible that you may fall off your kayak. If you do, you don’t want to lose your valuable possessions. It is best to leave electronics behind and avoid wearing any jewelry that can easily be lost in the water. Many people choose to wear sunglasses to avoid the glare on the ocean. If you do, make sure that it is a pair of sunglasses you are prepared to possibly lose!
5. Use the Right Gear
Sea kayaks are built to be different. Before you begin your voyage make sure you are using the proper equipment. Search for equipment that is specific for those who are going on the ocean. This means you’ll need the right type of life jacket, sea kayak, paddles and more!
*This blog post does not offer enough information to begin sea kayaking on your own. Consult trained guides and professionals before you go kayaking on the ocean. This post is meant for entertainment purposes only. Sea kayaking is inherently dangerous and not recommended by this blog nor anyone associated with this blog. If you choose to kayak on the ocean you do so at your own risk.
Whenever you’ve visited the beach, either alone or with a group of friends and family, did it make you want to come back soon? What made the beach so exciting and special for you? Personally, I enjoy the crash of the waves washing against the shore, its pattern creating an imitation of the sound of human breath that oddly calms the mind. A beach is a place to think, to explore and to play. It is a place to enjoy.
The East side, or windward side, of O’ahu is home to some stunning beaches. We visited two windward side beaches and compared them, Makapu’u beach vs Kailua beach. Both offer beautiful sand, mountains, and views of smaller islands off the coast.
My husband and I have always longed to visit San Francisco. We have always wanted to explore the entire California Coast. So, we headed to the Bay Area for a day trip to experience what the area had to offer.
The Abacos are a chain of 120 islands in the northeastern Bahamas. Famous for boating, fishing, and picturesque villages, the Abacos are also home to some of the most beautiful pink and white sandy beaches in the world.
While searching for a laid back, no frills beach experience, one that would be kind on my budget while still providing sun and sand, I stumbled upon Biloxi Beach. Biloxi Beach is a true hidden gem, and with a bit of creativity, it was one of the most affordable beach experiences ever. Welcome to my experience on Budget Friendly Biloxi Beach!