Hey y’all,

According to Tim Cahill, “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” I’m sitting in the airport on my way back from my annual girlfriend’s getaway with my sorority sisters, full from the experiences that we shared. This year’s destination was Puerto Rico but over the past sixteen years we have done Vegas, Houston, D.C., and Chicago just to name a few. We engaged in some relaxing coloring and I overheard and participated in some brilliant conversations from education reform to the levels of feminism present in Beyonce’s visual album to the upcoming election. We lay by the resort pool, steps from the beach, and took a break from high-powered careers, and motherly, sisterly, and wifely duties. We pressed pause on volunteering, mentoring, and our various civic engagements, and unplugged, if only for a moment, to catch our breath. On the island, we were able to just BE. In addition to recharging, we also took advantage of the experiences around us. We walked through the colorful beauty of Old San Juan and the tranquil, if drenched, naturally scenic ambiance of El Yunque rainforest. And we walked into to the zen state that only spending time with friends of nearly twenty years can provide. They are more than friends. They are my family, my true sisters.

The summer is short. At this point, you’ve barely got enough time to squeeze in a family beach trip or a couple’s getaway before the school bells start to peal again. This July travel guide is full of tips that will help you make it count. Travel expert Jessie Cassar offers some tips to overcome jet lag. There is a piece on Japan and a review of the Beaches resort. But if you want to stay close to home this summer, there’s also a guide to fun and free or inexpensive parks and splash pads.

Happy Summer! Get out there and have some fun, South Fulton!