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Adventureland For Adults… Sort Of

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Disclaimer: Image is NOT of Adventureland

There’s an amusement park not too far from my home called, “Adventureland”. As a child, I have gone there numerous times with camp and sometimes family. I rode the rides, played games, and ate the food.

When I went there as an adult just a couple years ago, it was not the same. The park had only a few adult-friendly rides. Everything seemed more for kids and people who do not like thrill rides.

I rode on the swing ride, roller coaster, and the music express, which is like a roller coaster that circles while songs play. I also bought lunch and a snack. Then I went home, after only an hour at the park.

There was a waterfall ride known as the log flume. It is adult-friendly, but I didn’t go on it since I did not have a bathing suit. You do get wet on it.

The whole point is that some amusement parks are more for children than for adults. I also went alone, which is okay. But I probably would have had more fun if I had gone with a friend. Or maybe I should consider a different trip in the future unless I take kids with me.

Know yourself and the place you want to go to before you take a trip there. Know the people you take with you, especially children. Don’t let your trip disappoint you or anybody else.

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Terrific Tips for a Successful Trip

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Vacation usually means fun, entertainment, relaxation, and exploration, depending on where you go and what you’ve planned to do. Our choices for trips, ranging from where we stay, where we eat, what we do, and how we travel, are what make our times off enjoyable or miserable.

I have traveled many times throughout my life. I have flown on planes since I was a baby. So I know a lot about what works on vacations and what doesn’t.

Here are some tips for making sure you enjoy your trip.

1: Don’t plan too little or too much–just right in the middle.

Many of my family trips have consisted of a ton of touring, especially when we went to Europe and very little down time. Because of that, my mom planned less for one trip to the Catskills a couple years ago. However, we sat in the room bored all the time, especially because the cell phone signal and Internet was very spotty and weak. So you want to tour enough and hang out enough. Balancing it is the best idea. That was how my family’s Bermuda trip, a few months before the Catskills trip, was done. And I am glad it was.

2: Know your family.

Whether your kids are little, older, or are adults, you should know what activities and places would work for them. Obviously, you wouldn’t send your young adult children to a play place for small children, but it might not be such a good idea to take toddlers to certain historical tour places as they may get cranky and hyper. Aside from the kids’ ages, their personalities and regular habits play a role in this too. I wouldn’t recommend a trip where you have to wake up for an activity before 6 A.M. if your child likes to sleep until noon. Your spouse or other peer should also be taken into consideration.

3: Make a budget and do your research.

You hear this so many times. But unless you’re super-wealthy, it’s important to watch how much you spend and read reviews before committing with your money. Some things may sound cool, but if a lot of the reviews online say that their experiences were painful, then you should steer clear of those activities.

Following these tips will make your next overnight trips more enjoyable and everybody will thank you.

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My First Solo Trip to Rocking Horse Ranch

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(image of saddle taken from Pixabay)

Last year, in March 2017, during my college spring break. I traveled to Rocking Horse Ranch for three days, alone. I felt it was the perfect vacation spot for first-time solo travelers. Check-in and check-out didn’t involve too much. Almost everything was included from meals, to activities, and amenities. Things that were extra were the spa and gift shop items. I admired the fact that I did not have to spend too much money.

Some things I discovered were that everything shut down at noon, from the pool to the gift shop, and other activities, with the exception of lunch. The change machines in the arcade were also very picky. If your bills were not flawlessly straight, the machines would’ve rejected them. So bring change! There was also a fitness room only for adults. When I went to the ranch, many of the people were families with little kids, probably because it wasn’t a peak spring break time. So going into the fitness center was a nice way to take a break from the children. However, the Wi-Fi was very weak. I ended up using my phone’s data for my videos.

The weather was cold and bitter. It snowed the whole time. In fact, the first full day, the ranch had cancelled the winter activities, such as snow tubing, since the conditions were not the safest. But the next day, they’d re-opened the winter activities. The room I stayed in had very little heat. It froze a lot, especially at night. In fact, one of those nights, I wore a cardigan over my top to bed.

One more thing: the walls were not sound-proof. I could hear other peoples’ conversations around me from my room. I also had to wear earphones when watching videos on my computer, especially those that were for mature audiences.

Nevertheless, I felt that trip was not only lots of fun, but it was also a great way of freedom. I got to choose my own meal times, horseback riding time, go to any activity I wanted, and hang out in the room whenever I wanted. It was also a good way to learn independence and vacation skills. I’d give this trip 5 out of 5 stars.