5 Places To Escape To After Finals & Before Christmas
Steadfast, my friends… finals week has arrived. ‘Tis the season, am I right? Who among us is counting down the days until the freedom of winter break?
Between the Christmas holiday and finals week, there are a few days of solitude I often like to enjoy as a ‘mini vacation’ for me. Family doesn’t require your presence until the holiday gets nearer and school is over until the next semester. Here’s some ideas of places I’ve gone that may inspire you to pack an overnight bag and hit the road!
A vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer. I live in the suburbs of San Diego and often only get to travel downtown for work-related trips or business meetings. For a staycation, we got a room in one of the beautiful hotels downtown and took the weekend to explore the great city. Trying all of the local restaurants and meeting some of San Diego’s finest was a truly fun experience that was close enough to home in case of any emergencies, but far enough away to really relish in the relaxation of vacationing.
2. Roadtrip to somewhere obscure.
Go somewhere off the beaten path. One of my favorite places I’ve road tripped to is San Simeon, California where we toured the gorgeous Hearst Castle of the late newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Carve out a 6 or 7 hour drive to a place you have always wanted to go, put your iPod on shuffle and load up on the snacks!
3. Cruise it up.
What is better than all-inclusive? Not much. I’d be lying if I said it wouldn’t be difficult to book on a cruise ship this late in the game… but hey, its possible. Paying everything off and not worrying about what food or entertainment will cost while you’re already there is one of the most relaxing feelings. Stress will be at its ultimate low.
4. If you’re seriously looking into going the distance… take a flight.
Hawaii, for example. Who doesn’t like Hawaii? Leave all your stress on the mainland and go lay on a beach for fourteen hours. You’ll feel better.
5. Skip out of the country… but not too far!
Flights are always a toss-up around Christmas time. But if you really want a good excuse to shut off your phone for a few days, shovel out some dough and take an extreme scenic vacation. There are plenty of beautiful places where you can experience a winter wonderland (Canada) or a sun-kissed holiday weekend (Bahamas). Just be prepared!
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt