Arguably the very best part of summer is going on vacation! Whether it’s to the beach, the mountains, somewhere exotic, or just a weekend away at the lake, summer screams vacation. We wait all year-long for school to get out, the temperature to be just right, and our bodies to get in tip-top shape to don that swimwear we bought on sale from the season before. Vacation is the place where we get to leave behind the cares of work, schedules, diets, and any kind of social stigma about drinking before 5 o’clock. We get to let loose and really remember that life’s not all about making money or driving the fanciest car on the block. It’s about soaking up every single second we have during our short lives with the people we love in places that make us feel alive.
When it comes to vacation, Florida is pretty high up on the list for the very best places to visit. I mean come on, they have Mickey Mouse. Who can compete with that? Ok, California can but just roll with me here. Since 1986 the non-profit Give Kids The World has fulfilled the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a once in a lifetime cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village. They continue to honor their promise to never turn a child away. Over 100,000 children and their families have had the chance to visit the 70-acre “storybook” GKTW Village resort where all their daily worries melt away. I mean just look at this Gingerbread House Restaurant, what kid (or adult for the matter) wouldn’t love to eat here?
Gingerbread House Restaurant
Compassion, dedication, credibility, integrity, and team work are the core values of GKTW and they show through the smiles and memories these children are able to keep with them forever. Vacations are definitely made for relaxing but these days they are also for volunteering! It gets even better, organizations like Global Vision International and GlobeAware plan everything ahead of time so all you have to do is sign up! GA puts together short-term volunteer vacations that promote cultural awareness and/or promote sustainability. GVI was founded in 1998 and has sent over 10,000 volunteers overseas to be a part of critical environmental and humanitarian projects. Both GVI and GA are the cream of the crop as far as volunteer vacations are concerned. They have been featured in countless news outlets and are the place to go if you want a great, safe experience abroad. Find the perfect GA or GVI volunteer vacation for this summer or next!
Give Kids The World Donation
GlobeAware Donation & Global Vision International Donation
So here’s to you vacation! You are the reason we work so hard for the other 51 weeks during the year. You’re like the best friend we had in elementary school who moved away, and who we don’t seen enough anymore but we revel in the time we do get to spend together. You’re the bee’s knees, the cat’s pajamas, and the cool kid in class that everyone wants to be friends with. Thank you for being there to catch us when we fall away from reality.
Peace out reality!