Road trips are the best kind of trips. What makes them so pleasurable for my family and me is the fact that we are spending time together-without the hassle and money of making airplane arrangements. Some of the best road trips I have taken have been at the spur of a moment. You see, my family sometimes figures out at the last minute that we want to go on a vacation. And then voila! We are on our way. Fire Island is a road trip that I really enjoy going on.
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My dad’s cousin, before he passed away, used to live near the Fire Island National Seashore, so my dad has known for years where the best spot is (in his opinion) to go to in Fire island. We go to Smith Point. It is a beach that is absolutely beautiful and definitely swimmable in the summer! My dad and I enjoy swimming in the ocean together. When I swim with my dad in the ocean, it always brings back so many memories for me as a child. All throughout my childhood we used to travel to St. Thomas and St. John. I have some of the best recollections of swimming way out with my dad looking at the underwater creatures. My dad is an excellent swimmer and actually saved someone’s life two years ago in a rip current. It was all over the news and he was interviewed by numerous publications. It was such a proud moment for my family and me to see my dad, who has such an amazing heart, to save someone.
In addition to traveling to Fire Island with family, I have also traveled with my friends and have taken the ferry. That is also such an enjoyable experience. It is a bit more of a hassle because the ferry is involved, but there are many perks to it as well! First off, there is a town and no cars are allowed to be driven. It is such a nice breath of fresh air. People get around by walking as well as biking. I have not gone bike riding in a little while, so I would need to refresh my memory on that.
In addition to Fire Island, we enjoy going to Long Beach Island. My first experience of going to Long Beach Island was with my best friend, Seri. She and her family would go to Long Beach Island every year since they were little. It was such a treat for me to go to Long Beach Island with Seri because she knows the place inside and out. She was an amazing tour guide and we had the best time together. Ever since Seri showed me Long Beach Island, I have gone with my family and they absolutely love it. The beach, the cute multi colored houses, the amazing shops (filled with a plethora of sweet dessert options) etc. It is an all around family place and I definitely would recommend it to anybody who is looking for a family-friendly getaway.
When I was younger, we used to go to Montauk. I have the best memories of staying at the hotel, walking on the path to the beach etc. However, the prices have gone up tremendously since then- so I have not been in a while. It is the same beach as Fire Island, without the expensive cost, so I would recommend Fire Island. Smith Point Beach is a wonderful place to go because you can spend the day there, and not have to pay for a hotel. It is a true daycation! “ I love road trips. You get into this Zen rhythm; throw the sense of time out the window”- Miriam Toews.
Arielle Joselson is a student at Purchase College, State University of New York. Arielle’s major is Communications with a minor in Psychology. She loves reading, writing, animals and stepping up! Arielle is so excited to be a part of the Step Up team.