As the school year dwindles down to its final days, it’s easy for any educator’s mind to drift off towards the approaching summer. While there will be plenty of professional development and planning to work on during the summer break, there will still be time for teachers to take a break, relax, and recharge for the next school year.
Here is a look at some of the top summer vacations for educators.
The simplest form of rest and relaxation. It’s summer, so all of the beaches across the United States are prime for vacationers. Find the one that’s best suited for you, grab a towel, a chair, and an umbrella and hit the sand. A perfect spot to doze, read, and play.
Rest and relaxation doesn’t work for everyone. Some teachers feel they get the most recharged by being active and exploring. Summer is the perfect time to search out new adventures in nature. There are plenty of ideal spots for hiking. Determine if you want shorter day hikes or longer treks, and get your supplies in order. Hit the trails and enjoy being one with the plants and animals, far from the beckoning needs of your classroom… at least for a little while.
There are plenty of teachers who need more than an escape from their world of education. Some thrive on always learning new things. Washington D.C. is the center for American studies, as you have many choices in monuments and museums. Plenty of possibilities to pick up new classroom materials to share with students in the coming school year. Patriotic and educational, the perfect mix for some teachers on summer break.
Play Ball (Or at least Watch It)
Baseball is the ideal sport for teachers to love and obsess over because the heart of the season falls during the summer break. If you love baseball more than anything, planning a trip to visit all the ballparks over a summer is the ultimate baseball vacation. Not only do you get to visit up to 30 different parks and cities, you get to go on a journey through all the major cities of the USA (and one in Canada). It will take some careful planning, but will leave you with a lifetime of memories.
The Museum of Natural History in New York City
Again, it’s difficult to extract the drive to learn out of teachers, so what better way to enjoy some time off by then visiting this great museum in New York City? Some of the most famous exhibits in the world are found here, and there are countless other wonderful museums throughout the city to pique your curiosity. Also, Museums of Natural History are found in many other cities across the United States as well; so even if New York City isn’t your ideal destination, it doesn’t mean you can’t find other great discoveries around the country.
You may spend most of the year around kids, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have the heart and spirit of one during your vacations. Whether you seek the thrills of a Great Adventure park, the wonder of Walt Disney World Theme Parks, or crave the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there are destinations all over the United States that will fulfill your desire for joy. Make sure to let your wand choose you and find out which house you’d be sorted in if you end up teaching at Hogwarts!
For some educators, the school year may have been a rousing success, but it zapped all of their energy. For these sleepy teachers, staying home and catching up on all the shows they missed on Netflix might be just what they need. So don’t worry about changing out of your yoga or sweat pants. Hit the couch, order a pizza, and let Netflix take you on all the adventures you need. And nap. Remember to nap. A lot.
Enjoy your summer break! Let us know some of your favorite summer vacation destinations.