“Boring” and “Summer” Don’t Go Together.
When I think about my own summers as a teenager, my memory is flooded with the smell of sweat and fingers made sticky from melting ice pops, the heat of sunshine on my skin, and the exhilarating feeling of trying something new (a mixed bag of inspiration, motivation and nervousness, all at the same time).
Me and my siblings in our summer gear! I’m all the way on the left.
One summer, the feeling overwhelmed me as I began hiking up a mountain the Rockies. Another summer, the feeling came from seeing the azure waters of the Caribbean for the first time. One time, that exhilaration came from meeting 30 smiling South African six year olds at the school I was volunteering at in Cape Town. Thanks to my amazing parents who made travel a priority in their kids’ lives, I’ve been able to make amazing summer memories, full of life-changing experiences with the RLT. And I wanted to share my perspective and encourage others to join us–because you only get so many summers while you’re young.
Summer is a time to have fun; it’s the time to feel the sand between your toes, laugh with friends, and tackle a challenging endeavor. It’s the season of freedom! The season to make memories. Summer should never be boring. Summer should never be a colorless routine of the same hum-drum of the school year. It’s time to put “boring summer” in the garbage bin.
The Road Less Traveled has a strong distaste for boring. And it’s not too late to make this summer thrilling and poignant, full of adventure and service. How does an environmental community service program in the beautiful Dutch Caribbean sound? Or a cultural immersion trip in India to hike in the Himalayas and watch the sun rise over the Taj Mahal?
The RLT trip to India
Want to stay Stateside? The Road Less Traveled offers teens a chance to learn to SCUBA dive in the Florida Keys and volunteer with local scientists and conservationists on reconstructing an underwater coral reef nursery. The trips available for teens to take are extensive, and the RLT caters to all. Adventure programs, service-oriented programs, close to home or across the world, they encourage everybody to step out of their comfort zone a little bit and make summer the season of boundary-pushing experiences and that turn into amazing memories.
Snorkeling with sea turtles on an RLT trip.
So, this summer, let’s step out from behind our computer screens and travel somewhere new. Let’s see the world with our own eyes instead of looking through someone else’s photos. Let’s turn a “boring summer” into “the best season ever” with experiences we’ll cherish and learn from. Our future selves will thank us!