In the early days of May, it's easy to see summer as an endless opportunity. It's finally stopped snowing, going outside no longer requires wearing a slightly-altered sleeping bag, and—could it be?—fresh cherries and rhubarb are being piled onto farmer's market tables country-wide. On the horizon are endless weekends spent floating on a lake or hiking the American wilds or combing the beaches for shells.
Except, really, summer is terribly finite. There are only so many weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day, after all, and any weekend spent in air conditioned environs seems ungrateful at best. That's why you've got to approach summer travel planning with vigor—leave no Friday night rosé-less, no brunch strawberry-less. In short: no summer day wasted.
Speaking of leisurely drives, an end-of-summer road trip is all but a must—and don't worry, we have plenty ideas for those vacations, too. Whether you're leaving from Boston or Maui's Paia, road trips are becoming increasingly more affordable, plus have an other-era tint that makes every moment feel life-changing.