By Laura Turner Seydel

As summer quickly approaches, we cannot help but start planning fabulous vacations to fill our time off.  This year, choose a trip that gets you and your family outdoors exploring, learning and enjoying all of Mother Nature’s amazing splendors.

Our country has an immeasurable landscape, featuring everything from beautiful beaches to breathtaking mountain ranges.  One of my favorite memories as a child was taking family road trips to experience all these different spots, so consider taking one yourself this summer.

You can hop in an RV and explore the Wild West and learn about our country’s origins.  Just last year my family loaded up in an RV and visited the Black Hills of South Dakota to see the Crazy Horse Memorial, the Badlands and Mount Rushmore. Badlands National Park was so unexpected, breathtaking and different from anything else I’d ever seen. It made us appreciate God’s beauty and become even more respectful of our precious environment.

For a road trip closer to home, Tybee Island, off the coast of Savannah is a great spot to relax. Named America’s Healthiest Beach by Health magazine, Tybee boasts miles of pristine coastline where at any given time you can spy dolphins splashing around and other sea life enjoying the cool waters and marshlands.  Time your trip right and you can watch sea turtles hatch and make their way to the water for their first swim; a truly amazing sight to see.
Other beaches with an expanse of nature and wildlife are Jekyll Island, Costa Rica or the Galapagos Islands. Necessary to book your trip a year in advance, the Galapagos is more than just a tropical destination, it is a classroom teaching the evolution of species and can teach years worth of Darwinism in the short span of a week’s vacation.

This year, pick a vacation that allows you to explore and experience nature in a unique way. The more connected you become with our amazing environment the more inspired you will be to help protect it and preserve it for future generations.

To find green lodging or more eco-destinations, visit www.green.travel. For more eco-living tips, visit www.LauraSeydel.com.

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