With summer on the horizon, many people are already looking forward to, or even planning, their yearly vacations. Here at Labguru, we’ve provided extensive advice to help you plan a stress-free vacation without sacrificing productivity or organization in the lab. We’ve even produced a FREE, downloadable e-book with a simple vacation to-do checklist for laboratory personnel. So, you’ve read our blog posts, downloaded our e-book and organized your research projects ahead of your time off. But what if you aren’t sure where to go on vacation? Or you’d like to incorporate your natural scientific curiosity and sense of adventure with a fun, relaxing getaway? Whether you’re going alone or with your family, whether you prefer the indoors of museums or the outdoors of archaeological wonder, we’ve got ideas for a vacation any scientist would enjoy!
1. Family adventures – vacations that let your children learn while you de-stress
If you have a family, you know that it can be difficult to plan vacations that keep your children’s interest and allow you to relax and get away. Moreover, as a scientist, you want to be able to take your children to places that will enrich their knowledge and curiosity. From national parks, international forests and outdoor adventures, museums and attractions, here are 15 fun ideas for family vacations that don’t sacrifice fun for expanding science knowledge. We also recommend the National Geographic family vacation planner of science attractions to enjoy in every state in America.
2. Sci-fi enthusiasts and geeks
If you’re a devoted lab rat, chances are good that you are also an avid fan of television shows, films and pop culture devoted to science and technology. These days, there’s no shortage of escapades that cater to your inner geek. From international conventions that let you gather with your sci-fi friends from all around the world, to museums and tours that celebrate iconic sci-fi and natural history, here are ten science fiction dream vacations. Beam us up, Scotty!
3. Adventure enthusiasts, dig in!
For some people, simply observing the wonders of the Great Wall and the Acropolis isn’t enough. Ever the scientific overachievers, they must get their hands dirty and contribute to archaeological discovery. A booming industry, these popular “working vacations” are called voluntourism, or citizen science. And don’t think they couldn’t use an extra pair of hands just because you’re paying for an adventure. From shipwrecks deep in the sea, to archaeology digs of ancient cultures in Jerusalem to collecting oral histories in whatever corner of the world you get sent to, working on the sites can be quite strenuous. But you can rest assured that in addition to taking in breathtaking beauty from an exotic location, you’ll be helping local culture and contributing to the betterment of knowledge. To help you in planning an archaeological vacation, start by checking out the field bulletin of the Archaeological Institute of America and Archaeolink.com. (While you’re there, you might even use a break to show your research hosts the nifty tools of the Labguru iPad application.)
4. You love science but you’re not a planner
So you know you want to go someplace cool and beautiful, possibly even exotic, and you know you want to use your brain while you relax, but you don’t have the time or energy to plan every minute of your getaway. May we suggest the services of ScienceGetaways.com. Each year, these folks plan an all-inclusive vacation to a destination that incorporates multidisciplinary scientific exploration, activities and even a bit of rest and relaxation. This year’s vacation is at the C Lazy U Guest Ranch in Granby, Colorado beginning September 16, 2012, and will include lectures, field trips, stargazing, hiking, fishing, mountain biking and more.
5. Getaways for the ultimate science geek
Want to quench your thirst for science while enjoying some of the world’s most beautiful tourist destinations. Popular Science recommends 8 wild scientific hotspots. Visit a few on a road trip, or expand a longer trip around one. But from atom smashers to corpse farms and earthquake simulators, we’re sure your inner science geek will find something on this list worth visiting.
What do you think of our list? Have you taken a vacation anywhere, by plan or happy accident, that satisfied your scientific curiosity that we should know about? Drop us a line below in the comment section. And don’t forget, before booking those plans, download our FREE vacation checklist e-book to help you organize your research before you get that tan!