VIA readers share tips on what can make summer vacation particularly refreshing.
“I find a cool forest of tall trees and listen, really listen,” says Sarah Eeles of Richmond, Calif.
“Spend at least one afternoon in the shade, reading and napping,” suggests Lois Barnum of Lake Oswego, Ore.
“Start the family trip with a ‘Mom, we love you,’ ” says John Chobanian of Salinas, Calif.
“Do something relaxing, explore something new,” says Debi Cuttler of Incline Village, Nev.
“Pick a highway and follow it,” says Jim Healey of Aptos, Calif.
“Wherever you’re headed, pack a picnic,” says Jennica Paterniti of Salt Lake City.
“Traveling with others?” asks Ann Taugher of Ketchum, Idaho. “Take some refreshing separate time.”
Illustration by Michael Klein 
This article was first published in July 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.