Ready or not, it’s nearly beach season! Check out these top beaches along the East Coast for some summer inspiration.
The Jersey Shore is famous for a lot of things, but some of the lesser-known wonders, including Long Beach Island, remain a favorite among locals. Sitting just about 18 miles long, the island offers a stretch of beach to one side, scenic bays to the other and a healthy lineup of neighborhood shops and restaurants between.
Already known as a go-to for golfers, Myrtle Beach’s scenic shores are worth the trip. Resting on South Carolina’s Atlantic coast, Myrtle Beach boasts about 60 miles of stunning beaches and the boardwalk, offering arcade games, a Ferris Wheel and ice cream stands.
Acting as a dividing line, Tybee Island, near Savannah, is well-known for its long, wide sandy beaches. Spend the day on the beach or cool off with some refreshments on the pier. Take in views of the ocean, visit operating 18th-century lighthouse and spend some time in the museum.
Stretch your legs on the three-mile walk along the boardwalk of Virginia Beach. Check out the Neptune Statue, and visit the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, First Landing State Park and scenic beaches and bays on either side.
North Carolina’s Outer Banks are beloved by East Coasters and travelers in the know. One specific beach worth a visit is Nags Head. This beach town has trails for biking, hiking and easy walking, all with forested views. For a full view of the beach, head up to the Bodie Island Lighthouse, leftover from the 1800s, and snap some pictures of Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Choosing a summer vacation destination is rarely a last-minute endeavor. Depending on your career, school or schedule, summer can be that one season to let loose, vacation and completely get away for a little while, making it a fun one to plan for.
The Fear of Missing Out greatly affects students who study abroad. For months students look forward to the countries they will call home, whether for a semester or a year, and then after they arrive, the loneliness and separation sets in. It’s difficult to be away from family and friends for a long amount of time and studying abroad is no exception, no matter how badly a student wants to fall in love with their city.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Breweries are everywhere today and, while many craft and microbreweries specialize in particular styles of beer, few are quite as specialized as Ghent Gruut Brewery in Ghent, Belgium. Here, the current craze for hop-heavy India Pale Ales is entirely eschewed as absolutely no hops at all are used in the brewing process. Before you clamor to claim this can’t be beer at all as everyone knows the four ingredients of beer are grain, water, yeast, and hops, consider hops weren’t actually added to beer until the 13th century. Before then, all beers were flavored with herbs and spices, or gruut, as the French population of medieval Ghent called them.