This past week John and I celebrated our four year anniversary with a wonderful staycation. We had such an amazing time that I felt compelled to write about it in this week’s blog post! It was the second of two staycation trips that we’ve taken in the past few months, and it was much needed!
I wrote about our first staycation in the post Life Unplugged, after John and I spent a weekend in the woods without any technology. Disconnecting from our phones, laptops, etc., and just enjoying each other was so fulfilling, that we made a promise to ourselves to do it more often.
This past weekend we did just that, and in celebration of our anniversary, got a beautiful luxurious hotel room on Shelter Island. We started out our day just sitting on a bench by the water waiting to check in to the hotel. We sat there talking and admiring the view for over an hour. With our crazy schedules, it had been a while for us to just take some time sit, and it was quite nice to take a break from the typical busy day. As we watched the sailboats, jet skis, windsurfers, and kayakers go by, we took note that we definitely need to rent a boat sometime and take advantage of the water! Once we checked in, we followed suit with a relaxing afternoon and night just enjoying each other’s company.
Sometimes it’s nice not to have anything planned out, and to just see what you feel like doing as the day progresses. John and I didn’t have any set plans at all, except for knowing where we wanted to eat dinner (Island Prime, YUM!). When most of our lives are preplanned, it’s liberating to spend the day simply doing what you want. John and I spent a good two hours in the middle of the afternoon just relaxing in the fabulous king sized bed in the hotel room. I can’t remember the last time that I spent my Saturday afternoon that way! And to be honest, the last time I was so relaxed was probably the weekend we spent in the woods!
Getting out of your Everyday
Taking a staycation is different than simply spending a relaxing weekend at home. In your mind, you may tell yourself, “this weekend I’m just going to relax and not do anything,” but before you know it, you’re probably straightening up your room, washing the dishes from the meal you just ate, or even making your bed. I know how hard it is to escape these little chores, so it’s vital to remove yourself from the environment you normally live in, to ensure that you are actually relaxed and can enjoy yourself. Believe me, you will always find things to keep yourself busy at home. Do yourself a favor and switch it up one weekend!
Staycations are cheap!
This past weekend John and I opted to stay in a really nice hotel (the Kona Kai Resort), but it’s easy to do it up on a staycation with minimal costs! Our weekend in the woods cost us less than $300 and we had the most wonderful time!
One of the main reasons that John and I opted for several staycations this year instead of an extended trip, is because we are attending two wedding on the east coast. Since those trips needed airfare, hotel accommodations, wedding gifts, etc., there wasn’t much left in our yearly travel budget for an extended trip elsewhere.
You can take a staycation anywhere! If you’re in Pennsylvania, head to Philadelphia for the weekend. If you’re in Buffalo, take a drive to Niagara Falls. Even if you’re in the middle of nowhere without a big city nearby, find an awesome cabin in the woods on sites like AirBnB and HomeAway. There are always unique areas around that you haven’t been to – I guarantee if you searched for a bit there would be several options within driving distance that you have yet to explore.
The beauty of staycations is that they should be relatively inexpensive, because you’re saving on so many travel costs that are usually associated with taking a vacation. If you are able to find someplace neat nearby, you’ll be able to drive and can save on rental car and flight expenses. You can opt for a cheaper accommodation if you are super flexible with your plans, too! Additionally, you are saving on travel time, inconveniences, and all those extra expenses that leave your pockets empty after an extended stay.
You might even be able to find accommodations that have a kitchen, which totally saves on food costs too! John and I enjoy cooking, so it doesn’t feel like a chore to cook our own meals on a trip. Our cabin in the woods had a bomb kitchen, and part of the fun was preplanning all our meals by buying nice cuts of meat and fresh veggies from the farmer’s market! However, if cooking is not your forte, definitely opt for a spot with delicious restaurants nearby. You can use online tools like Yelp to ensure you’ll have good eats, and won’t have to worry about cooking yourself – remember, staycations are all about relaxation!
Hitting the reset button once in a while is healthy, and a great way to do it is by treating yourself to a staycation. It gives you something to look forward to as the weekend approaches, is as relaxing and fulfilling as a vacation, and by Monday, you’ll be back to the real world refreshed and ready to go! Hell, you’ll probably get back and plan your next staycation a few weeks or months down the road just so you have something else to look forward to! Remember, it’s always good to treat and reward yourself for all your hard work that you do on a daily basis.
So, did our relaxing weekend inspire you to take your own? Have you been on any awesome staycations before? Any ideas of future ones that John and I should take around San Diego? Let me know in the comments below!