How to Take a Stellar Staycation
Springtime is here. Many of the travel-related concerns of 2020 have begun to melt away as businesses reopen, the spread declines, and vaccinations are increasing immunity levels. Still, the idea of planning a big trip may be a source of anxiety for some.
If you’re hoping to return to travel but aren’t 100% comfortable making the plunge into full-on vacationing, then we have a safer solution — the classic staycation. By sticking closer to home, you can reduce costs and risks while still enjoying all the benefits of a battery-recharging getaway.
Not sure where to start? Here are some handy tips for planning a staycation that satisfies.
Become a Tourist in Your Own Town
As you might expect, we’re big fans of San Diego around here. Our perfect year-round weather, endless beaches, and exceptional attractions are all great reasons to visit. But wherever you are, chances are there’s another great city or destination within a stone’s throw of you that also has a lot to offer. So by doing a little research in advance, you can find out what makes your part of the country special. No matter your areas of interest, there are certain to be museums, tours, restaurants, or other hidden gems that you’ve never explored before, even if they’re in your own backyard. So make a list of those things you’ve always meant to check out.
Change Your Routine
Do you like to start your morning with coffee or a good breakfast? We do, too. But it’s easy to get into a rut by frequenting favorite haunts and always ordering that one special menu item. Similarly, heading out to the same neighborhoods, the same restaurants, and falling into repeated patterns of behavior is just human nature. So why not mix it up and deliberately head to another area of town? See what other places have to offer that you’ve never seen before. Every city we’ve ever been to is chock-full of delightful surprises that only reveal themselves when you zig in places you’d typically zag. You never know what you’ll find!
Plan Your Perfect Day
There’s something to be said for spontaneity. But planning an itinerary of things you know will bring you happiness is also a fantastic way to guarantee you’ll enjoy your staycation. Into craft brews? Plan to visit a gastropub or microbrewery. Is wine more your thing? Make your way to the vineyard for a tour or tasting. Animal enthusiast? The sanctuary, zoo, or aquarium is waiting for you. Art lover? Every town worth its salt has museums and galleries to discover, or re-discover. If you have hobbies and interests, your town has found a way to indulge them.
Stress is an unfortunate fact of life. Family, jobs, obligations … everyone has their own responsibilities and the pressure that accompanies them. Which is why a trek to a day spa is such a great way to enjoy your staycation time. Checking into a palace of pampering and choosing from a menu of massage, sauna, skin treatments, mineral soaks, float or isolation therapy, and/or other revitalizing treatments can really refresh and renew in unexpected ways. You owe it to yourself to let go and relax once in a while, and your little break from reality is the perfect time to do exactly that.
Give Yourself Permission to Unplug
This is a tough one. If you’re going to take a staycation, then commit to it. Actually take the time off from work, commitments, and duties. Let your friends, family, and coworkers know you’re taking a little “me time,” which means you’ll be unavailable. And then do it. Don’t check your work email. Set an “out of office” response indicating that you’ll circle back when you return. Log out of your professional life. Let the phone ring. Obviously, emergencies are one thing, but by committing to giving yourself a break and then following through, you’ll truly be able to dedicate the necessary time to unwinding in style.
Let Pacific Terrace Help
If you’re lucky enough to live within reach of us at Pacific Terrace, then don’t miss your chance to check in with the staycation experts. Our oceanfront escape incorporates everything you need for an exceptional getaway. Sumptuous accommodations, a stunning location overlooking the Pacific, private balconies perfect for relaxing with a beachside view, warm hospitality, in-room dining and cocktails, and always just steps from the ocean. Relax in your room, stroll along the nearby boardwalk, lounge poolside with a cocktail — how you staycation is entirely up to you.
Be sure to check out our specials and packages, pick the experience that’s right for you, and let the anticipation begin. We look forward to hosting you!