June 17, 2013
Most people on a beach vacation set out to achieve a summer glow. A dermatologist might say that there is no such thing as safe sun exposure. However, there is too much fun to be had in the sun to stay indoors while vacationing on the Gulf Coast. So, here are a few ways to gain a golden tan while limiting harmful sun exposure.
Exfoliate Skin: Prepping your skin for sun is an important step in maintaining a healthy glow. Dryness can create rough, patchy areas on the skin. Exfoliating with a sugar scrub will slough off dead skin without over drying and help create a smooth, even tan.
Moisturize Skin: After exfoliating, apply a rich moisturizer to keep skin smooth and supple. Most importantly, drink plenty of water. Good hydration promotes skin health and keeps you energized during beach activities.
Use Sunscreen with SPF: The beaches along the Gulf Coast allure travelers with white sand and emerald water. Yet, strong sunlight reflecting off the beach has the potential to create legendary sunburns. Use a tanning lotion with sunscreen that is labeled SPF 15 or higher to protect your skin from burns. (And wrinkles.)
Avoid Strongest Rays: The hours between 10am and 4pm are when the sun’s UV rays are at their strongest. Direct exposure to strong sunlight can lead to long term health issues. So, take caution during these hours by consistently reapplying sunscreen, seeking shade, and wearing a cover up.
June 15, 2013
Traffic in Destin has a tendency to get a little backed up. Ok-really backed up. Only one major highway provides access to beaches, restaurants, and activities in Destin. When you’re excited to be arriving in a beach paradise, slow moving traffic to your long awaited destination can really put a damper on things. Here are five ways to deal with summer traffic in Destin.
1. Travel Early: Traffic in Destin tends to be light early in the day. So if you can, plan your activities early. (That goes double for shopping.)
2. Stay Close: Whether visiting the beaches of 30A, Scenic Hwy. 98, or Destin Harbor, staying close to the attractions you want to enjoy will cut down on travel time and allow you to explore the culture a little deeper.
3. Go with the Flow: Beach life is all about slowing down and enjoying the simple things. This concept can easily be applied to the traffic situation. Think of it as practice for retirement.
4. Take Turns: Being in an unfamiliar place is exciting and taking in the sights can be distracting-especially when you’re driving. Unfortunately, that is how accidents happen. Take turns driving so that everyone can do a little sightseeing and give your full attention to the road. The last thing you want is to be dealing with insurance adjusters while on vacation!
5. Play some Reggae Music: Reggae slows your heartbeat to a relaxing pace and gives an island vibe. It is the perfect music genre for beach goers and road-ragers alike since it calms the nerves and instantly puts you in a good mood. So crank out some tunes and enjoy the ride.
June 11, 2013
While enjoying your Gulf Coast family vacation, you’re bound to hit up a restaurant or two. This might sound like an epic challenge to parents of young children. However, dining with little ones can be enjoyable if you keep it positive and stick to five simple rules.
Choose a kid friendly restaurant: Select a spot that is so loud and busy that no one will notice you and your active toddler taking forays around the restaurant. Many eateries from Orange Beach to Destin often have live music and outdoor play areas to help your family settle in for a comfortable dining experience.
Bring a bag of tricks: Stuff your bag with anything that will keep your progeny occupied. Grab a few snacks in case there is a wait for the food, and several quiet toys that will hold your child’s attention. (Waterproof bath books are a good idea and can be wiped off easily in case of spills.) Also, a bib, wet wipes, and a spill proof cup will only make your life easier.
Adhere to sleep schedules: Stick to your child’s normal sleep routine to avoid a public meltdown. If baby’s normal bedtime is at 7pm, opt for an early 5 o’clock dinner to keep the night running smoothly.
Order quickly: Do your homework. Check to see if the restaurant has an online menu and call ahead for specials. Know what you’re going to order beforehand and place your order immediately to save time.
Keep it moving: After placing your order, take a walk until the food comes out. When you arrive back at the table, sitting down to a meal will be a new and exciting activity for your child to enjoy.