Planning a Vacation to the Gulf Coast

I'm sure by now we have all heard about the Oil Spill in the Gulf Coast. And the fact that the leak is still pumping out about the equivalent of 30,000 plus barrels of oil a day. Obviously slick shores and ugly tar balls don't make for the idyllic vacation, but there are hundreds of miles of shoreline along the Coast and many areas still remain largely unaffected by the spill.

But the best course of action reamains soley on the travler and the destination. Try this :

Stick it out :

Monitor the conditions in your destination by checking out the local news reports and tourism web board sites. Because of the currents in the ocean some beaches have remained untouched by the oil spill in the Gulf. One place for example is Siesta Beach near Sarasota,FL. It boasts a phenomenal beach, resorts, dining and other activities.

Even if the beaches in your current destination, perhaps, are closed. There are places like the Alabama Gulf State Park. Home to Lake Shelby. Lake Shelby hosts swimming, fishing, and boating. Along with tons of Nature Programs and Events.

How about being a volunteer?

Instead of canceling the trip because of the oil spill how about going anyway? Do your part in the clean up of the oil spill and volunteer. Though you will have to do some research, you won't be able to just suit up and go help clean up the animals. Most non-profit places are looking for people with special skills or training i.e. wildlife recovery, or people with equipment, such as boats and other necessities.

The best way to find out what you can do to help is to call the local charities and see what kind of help they need. And those that spend their vacation volunteering could also deduct most or all of the trip come next tax season.

You can visit the Better Business Bureau's web site to find out more about volunteering in the Gulf Oil Spill.

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