The lazy, hazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end, and before they slip away entirely, we're sending some inspiration your way. We asked some of our wonderful teachers to share their favorite vacation spots, and if it's been awhile since you've gone exploring, their stories might just embolden you to get moving!
Denise Collins, co-owner of Balance.
My favorite vacation spot is Sanibel, Florida! I love the natural beaches, the bird watching, and warm weather. But my favorite things about Sanibel are the years of memories: shelling with my grandmother, bike riding with my sisters, my daughter taking her first steps, and so many more! Visiting Sanibel is like visiting an old friend, and I can't wait to go back!
Grace Ratchford, co-owner of Balance.
When it comes to vacations, I'm not picky at all! I love the beach, the mountains, and the woods, so just about anywhere is great with me! I'm happy with my toes in the sand or sleeping in a tent.
Lindsay Calloway, instructor.
My favorite vacation spot is Puerto Rico! My husband and I went there on our honeymoon in October 2014. We rented a car and explored a little of each part of the island. My favorite spots were Arecibo and the El Yunque rainforest. I love this place because of the gorgeous blend of landscapes: beach, mountains, rainforest, desert, and many caves. We kayaked at night in a bioluminescent bay, which is a body of water that contains millions of microorganisms called "dinoflagellates" that glow in the dark when the water is agitated. The water glowed whenever we paddled! Puerto Rico is an overall gorgeous island full of adventure and delicious food! I can't wait until I can visit again!
Kat Cantelou, instructor.
My favorite places are Gulf Shores, Asheville, and New Orleans. I love to spend time with my family at the beach. And I love to explore the entirely different cities of Asheville and New Orleans!
Kaitlyn Romei, instructor.
My favorite vacation spot is anywhere around water and warm weather. I love to be outside basking in the sun and then cooling off in one of nature's finest offerings: creeks, rivers, and oceans!
Sarah Winters, instructor.
My favorite vacation spot would be in my very own "backyard": the Great Smoky Mountains. As a child, we always stayed at the Greenbrier swimming hole/ campground. The campground had it all! We painted river stones and explored creek beds for crawdads and other creepy crawlers. We had a rope swing, a large rock to jump off into the freezing cold river water, and rapids to tube. It seemed to be our very own paradise, and to this day, all grown up, I still visit that jumping rock and dive into the memories I shared growing up there!