Right about now, with Spring Break all around us, many of us are jonesing for a break ourselves. But between jobs, family, responsibilities and finances, many of us won’t be headed to a tropical paradise this spring…as much as we may want to. However, that doesn’t mean that we can’t get away for a spell. Here are some suggestions on how you can turn a weekend – or even a night – into the perfect mini-cation!
Hit the hotel. Spending the weekend in a hotel – whether in another city, or right down the street – can be the ultimate treat, when you’re in need of a true break. With sites like Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia and more, you have endless travel options at your fingertips, which feature hotels at discounted rates. Even if it’s just for a night, getting a babysitter and getting the heck out of dodge (or, in this case, your house), can feel like a true escape! If you’re going as a couple, book a hotel that will turn up the romance dial and seduce the senses. Look for reviews that mention the softness and luxury of the bedding and towels, or excellent room service. If you’re single and just want to treat yourself – or have a girls’ weekend – look for hotels with acclaimed restaurants and spas, so you get a true 360-experience, without having to leave your hotel. This weekend Charlie and I were able to spend a couple days at the Mandarin Oriental in San Francisco, and even though it was only a short time, it was quality time and just what we needed in the midst of our crazy schedules.
No matter where you are, it’s important to take a moment and enjoy life’s simple beauties, like sunsets. It was an absolutely breathtaking view last night at the Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco!
Speaking of spas. Escaping to a day spa for the day is an easy way to rest, relax, rejuvenate and recharge. Whether you make an appointment for a massage, facial or body scrub – or even, just using the spa facilities – taking time for yourself will feel wonderful. Be sure to choose a day spa with pools, baths and steam rooms, so you can maximize your day there. Plan on getting there at least an hour before your appointment, and plan on staying a good hour or more afterwards, to take advantage of all of the luxurious accommodations. Luxuries you might expect? Fruit-infused water, healthy green tea, and a relaxation room – that’s perfect for reading, so don’t forget your book! A few other tips? Multi-task while you relax, by applying a face mask or hair mask, before entering the steam room. Not only will you leave relaxed from the day, but your shiny hair and glowing skin will make it look like you’ve been on a vacation!
Take it outdoors. A fun – and cheap – mini-cation? Camping. If you go as a couple, rev up the romance with candles, your favorite bottle of vino, and delicious dessert. If you’re going with girlfriends, keep the wine, but add some s’mores and Truth Or Dare action in there, for a bit of fun. Not much of a camper? Try visiting the outdoor options your city offers. Arboretums, city parks, hiking trails, and lakes all can make you forget you’re in the city, if only for a couple of hours. And that’s what a vacation is all about.
Plan a theme night. No getting away to Mexico or Italy for you? Not so fast. While you might not be able to go there, who’s to say you can’t bring Mexico or Italy to you. Plan a theme night with other couples, friends, or just your spouse or family. Serve the signature food of the desired destination, serve wine from the region and dress up to really do it up! For Italy, make a big batch of pasta; serve delicious bread, served with balsamic oil and vinegar, and maybe a tasty tiramisu for dessert. For a Mexican fiesta, bring out the chips, guacamole, queso, a DIY taco bar, and sopapillas or flan. And, whatever you do, DON’T FORGET THE MARGARITAS!
Whatever mini-cation you opt for, just remember that our greatest escape is truly our imagination. Instead of feeling like you’re missing out, feel the gratitude for what you’re getting. After all, quality time is quality time, no matter where it’s spent.