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How to Make the Best of Beach Days

How to Make the Best of Beach Days

A day at the beach can be something to look forward to for many people. But, it can be hard to figure out how to make the best out of your day. Luckily, there are a few tips that can help you enjoy your time on the beach as much as possible. Consider these points for your next beach vacation, and see if you don’t feel like you’ve successfully seized the day.

Pack with a Plan

Although the thought of writing a list of everything you want to bring doesn’t sound appealing, it is one of the easiest ways to help you make sure nothing gets left behind. As you plan your day at the beach, begin by writing down the items you need to bring. Then, when it comes time to pack (or shop) you have a point of reference regarding everything you need.

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Some of the basics for beach days include sunscreen, towels, swimsuits, and sunglasses. You may also want to bring food, and you should definitely have some drinking water on hand. If you are staying overnight, make sure to bring your toothbrush and Waterpik (check out these Waterpikwaterfloss reviews for some recommendations), any medications you need, and suitable clothing.

Don’t Over Schedule

While having some planned activities can be fun, try making room in your schedule to allow for delays or spontaneity. Over-scheduling can actually make the trip more stressful than restful, especially if things don’t go to plan. Give yourself some flexibility to adjust as the day progresses. That way, you can enjoy the trip based on what it is instead of comparing it to what you wanted it to be.

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Don’t Get Tied Up in Reviews

A lot of people check travel reviews, such as those offered by TripAdvisor and Yelp, to help decide where to go. While these sites can provide excellent information, it is easy to get caught up in them. When reading this information, it is important to remember that almost every attraction will have some positive and negative reviews. That means you are unlikely to find a “perfect” place to stop regardless of your destination.

Additionally, reviews aren’t your only source of information. Sometimes, you can get better recommendations by asking people who live and work locally to the beach you are visiting. If you stop by a gas station, hotel, or visitor’s center, ask the people who work there what they enjoy. You may find yourself directed to a hidden gem you would have otherwise missed.

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Be Polite, Always

When you go to a beach, it is important to remember that you aren’t the only person there who is trying to enjoy their day. Other people are looking to dine at local restaurants, lounge on the beach sand, and generally enjoy themselves. While some people’s actions can be frustrating, especially during busy tourist seasons, it is important to remember that (generally) none of it is personal. Take a deep breath, and make an effort to be polite to those around you. Often, expressing your frustration won’t make you feel any better, but being polite can yield positive results.

Ditch Your Digital Device

Most people are chained to their devices. Whether it is a smartphone or tablet, it can almost feel weird to go anywhere without one. But bringing a device to the beach isn’t the best plan. The sand and surf can damage electronics, and may even cause them to fail. Whenever possible, leave your devices in a safe location that isn’t on the beach itself. Plus, it will make it easier to enjoy the company of those who came with you on the trip, and sometimes that is what a day at the beach is all about.

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With this list you will be ready to hit the beach in no time at all. Don’t let the stress of the beach take away your fun. Happy beach day!

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

If You’re Staying In

  1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
  2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
  3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
  4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
    • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
    • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
    • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
    • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
      • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
      • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
      • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
        • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

        If You Want to Get Away

        1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
        2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
        3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
          • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
          • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
          • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
          • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
          • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
          • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
            • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
            • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

            New & Exciting Experiences

            1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
            2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
              experience.
              • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
              • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
              • Experience white water rafting.
              • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
              • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                  • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                  • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                  • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                  Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

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