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Taking a vacation is one thing we all need to do a little more often, wouldn’t you agree? The chance to unwind from the daily routine, engage with friends, family and loved ones and experience new and exciting places. It’s what life’s all about. However, we don’t all get the luxury of doing this as often as we would like and often need to stay a little more closer to home. Thankfully, there are so many options of vacations here in the US, and I wanted to share with you four vacation options in four different states. It might inspire you to consider some place new the next time you get a chance to jet away for a few days or a week.

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Tennessee

Home of country music Tennessee is definately a state that could provide you with the well-earned break you deserve. A quick search online will be enable you to find a resort in Tennessee that will have you itching to get there sooner rather than later. Of course, there are some of the obvious hotspots that could be definitely worth a visit. You have the capital Nashville, which has an amazing museum of the history of country music. You also have Memphis which is the home of Elvis Presley’s Graceland. It is a landlocked state, but don’t let that put you off from heading there as it could provide you with a lot of memories worth making.

Fireworks at Cinderella’s Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Florida

Florida is an amazing state that really could provide you with all sorts of vacations depending on exactly what you are after. First up, you could head to Orlando if you were thinking of a more exhilarating vacation. There is the Universal studios and not forgetting the ever famous Disney World. But if you want to have a different kind of vibe filled with sun, relaxation and a chance to rub shoulders with some of the rich and famous then head to Miami. Finally there is Key West and also the Florida Everglades providing other forms of attractions in this state.

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Texas

Texas is a Southern state and has a mixed terrain of forest and pine mixed with desert surroundings. Whether you like the idea of people watching in San Antonio where you can sit and relax in a riverside café in one of the most multicultural cities, or want to take advantage of some of the best live music around in the capital of Austin, there really is a lot for everyone in this state. Finally, who wouldn’t love the chance to visit NASA in Houston.

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California

Finally, California really is a the state that many have on their bucket list. There is the most popular choice of location being Los Angeles where you can shop on Rodeo Drive and have a selfie with the Hollywood sign. But there is also sophisticated San Francisco to consider as well as the option of doing a road trip to see some of the other more quainter places like Santa Barbara.

I hope that this has inspired you to consider some different places the next time you get the chance of a vacation.

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You may have noticed I’ve been posting a lot of a new brand on my Facebook page (give it a follow if you haven’t already). I am so proud to announce that Dirty Hippy Swag, the brainchild of  Marisa Rheem, one of my best high school friends, launches TODAY! Thank you to another St. Andrew’s classmate of mine, Kelly Stewart, who is working alongside Marisa, for penning the press release below.

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Dirty Hippy Swag is an e-commerce startup, exclusively located online at www.dirtyhippyswag.com. With an ever-expanding collection, Dirty Hippy Swag specializes in comfortable street style apparel, as well as laser-cut designed and hand-beaded jewelry.

Founder and Designer Marisa Rheem believes in having clothes and jewelry that truly speak to her customers, making them feel safe and stylishly armored. As fellow millennial Madeline Harmon enthuses, “self-care and fashion have never looked so good!” It’s no accident that this company encompasses hoodies, sweatpants, and t-shirts: things we wear when we want to feel safe.

A fashion line emblazoned with cheeky, unwelcoming statements, Dirty Hippy Swag is the perfect platform to send a humorous yet powerful message. From their “Existential Crisis” sweatpants to their “Anti Social Club” necklace, Dirty Hippy Swag’s apparel and laser-cut designed jewelry allow you to clearly convey your mood to those around you without even needing to speak. Instead of feeling guilty and apologetic about needing time to unwind, slip into some Dirty Hippy Swag and let your clothes shield you from the outside world’s demands.

Oakland’s fresh new enterprise answers an unmet need for socially relevant fashion. Dirty Hippy Swag celebrates their customers’ purchasing power by transforming it into an opportunity to give back. By donating a portion from every purchase to trusted animal rescue organizations around the world, Dirty Hippy Swag bridges the gap between pursuing individual style and fulfilling our collective social responsibility as caretakers of this planet.

At the start of each new quarter, customers and fans can vote for their favorite animal rescue organization to become the next quarter’s beneficiary. This first season’s inaugural beneficiary is Rocket Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer nonprofit group dedicated to saving homeless and abandoned Bay area animals from euthanasia. Dirty Hippy Swag’s ultimate mission is to support the hardworking, silent heroes who dedicate their blood, sweat and tears to saving animals each and every day. By enhancing your wardrobe with Dirty Hippy Swag, you can help bring this vision to life.

For press inquiries, promotion opportunities, collaborative ventures, high-resolution images, or to book an interview, contact Marisa Rheem at 301-802-0551 or email, dirtyhippyswag@gmail.com, or visit the website at www.dirtyhippyswag.com. 8016 Shepherd Canyon Rd., Oakland, CA. 94611

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There really is no better way to get back to nature than camping. Cooking over an open fire and sleeping under the stars are cliches, but they’re so very true. Unlike a hotel break, a camping getaway gives you the chance to get up close and personal with nature. In the process, you’ll probably find yourself relaxing more, and spending a whole lot less! If you need anymore convincing, check out Reader Digest’s list of reasons to camp, http://www.readersdigest.ca/travel/travel-tips/top-7-reasons-go-camping/. For those who are already convinced and raring to go, have a look at this guide to the best destinations to pitch up a tent…

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Arches National Park, Utah

You’d be hard pushed to find any camping destination more awe inspiring that Arches National Park. The Devil’s Garden Campground is a great place to explore the national park from and set up base. If you stay here you’ll be sleeping amongst huge sandstone arches. The national park is also famous for it’s wildlife. Home to the peregrine falcon and a large number of lizards, you’re sure to come face to face with the park’s inhabitants. The desert landscape of Arches National Park, and the stunning rock formations, makes it a unique place to camp.

Pangong Tso, India

This huge lake is an endorheic lake, one that acts like a huge draining basin, in the Himalayas. Be sure to bring a tent equipped for the weather. http://tentsandcampgear.com/coolers/ have some good options available. The lake itself is a big tourist attraction and has lured visitors from all over the world to see the stunning views. The perfectly clear waters are a beautiful sight, and many choose to camp along the shores to enjoy the lake.

The Isle of Arran, Scotland

Scotland is well known for its rugged landscapes. People come to The Isle of Arran to take part in outdoor pursuits. From hiking to climbing, you’re sure to find yourself surrounded by like minded enthusiasts. The surrounding islands and villages are also worth exploring. If you do decide to camp here, just make sure you pack appropriately, Scotland is known for it’s cool weather!

Miyajima, Japan

If you’re traveling priorities are to mix the great outdoors with some culture and shopping, camping at Miyajima could be for you. This island is situated just a short boat ride away from Hiroshima. If you prefer luxury glamping to camping, there are cabin options as well as tent spaces. The temples and local shops also offer plenty to do. There are also deer that roam Miyajima, they’re very used to people though so don’t be alarmed if you see any!

Yosemite National Park, California

The Yosemite National Park is an area of complete wilderness. For hardy campers it’s the perfect area to explore. There are no signs of the modern world here, cars, electricity, and buildings won’t be seen! Hiking is popular here. Some of the most spectacular views can be found at Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls.

 

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