Carolyn Fields is a lifelong learner, musician, author, world traveler, truth enthusiast, and all-around bon vivant.
Time to Go
We’ve all been there. Work has been unusually tense, the kids have been in non-stop drama about this or that, telemarketers are calling three or four times a day, and the neighbors have decided that everyone should enjoy their taste in loud music. Or maybe that’s not it at all. Perhaps you and your spouse/significant other have been like ships that pass in the middle of the night once too often, and it’s time to reconnect. Either way, it’s time to just “get away” from it all – if only for a couple of days.
Whatever the reason, taking a quick trip away from home can be very healthy for the body and spirit. A change of scenery, a new locale, or experiencing different things can be a welcome relief from the “same old” routine. If you have been in self-isolation due to COVID-19, a change of pace may be just the thing you need. Even with some lingering travel restrictions, a quick road trip isn't out of the question.
The thing is, you shouldn’t let planning and preparation for your trip become one more chore to add to your plate. Keep it simple, but don’t forget these vital factors to make your outing a success.
Figure out how you can totally disconnect (okay, maybe only 95%, but you get the idea). Find someone to cover for you at work, and get a reliable babysitter if you have children. Leave strict instructions that you are not to be disturbed unless it’s World War III (e.g., don’t call unless little Jimmy breaks a bone or poisons himself, or the office burns down). If you’re in a highly responsible job, see how much you can possibly delegate and get away with. In short, do everything you can to ensure 48 hours of uninterrupted down time.
Spare No Expense
Now is not the time to pinch pennies. Don’t spend hours shopping around for inexpensive hotels or Groupons. Save that for the family vacations. I know that may sound harsh, but if you spend all your time bargain hunting, you can quickly ruin the spirit of the getaway. Besides, we’re only talking about one or two nights in a hotel, and perhaps one fancy dinner. Order room service for breakfast in bed. Now is the time to live a little. Also, tip well, and tip early to ensure top-notch service.
The Road Less Traveled
Don’t pick a three-day holiday weekend, and whatever you do, don’t pick the “most popular” resort. In fact, picking an otherwise unremarkable weekend in the off-season, and finding an out-of-the-way Bed and Breakfast might be your best bet. Go for quality, not popularity. And speaking of roads, don’t spend all day on one. You can have just as much fun 100 miles from home as 500. Just far enough so that you’re away from your “usual” haunts.
Keep it simple. Don’t do anything to excess, in particular don’t do too much of any of these:
By all means splurge, but do it on quality, not quantity. Usually one event, one nice dinner, and lots of lying around reading is just the ticket. Getting drunk or stuffed isn’t going to make you feel better. And overscheduling your day is the exact opposite of what you’re trying to achieve.
With regard to posting on social media, my strongest possible recommendation is to ignore it entirely until you get back. By all means take pictures if you are inspired by something. Just don’t instantly post it, and get caught up in the commenting and liking and such. You’re trying to pull the plug, remember?
Whatever you do, make it fun for you. Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks you should be doing. For this reason, it’s probably best NOT to ask for advice before you go. Just go, and enjoy yourself. There will be plenty of time when you get back to find out what you “should” have done. Besides, that’s the perfect reason to plan a return trip!
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2020 Carolyn Fields
Sp Greaney from Ireland on October 05, 2020:
I think we all should do this more often. Sometimes getting away from everyone can be good. Since there is less tourists visiting us here this year, many hotels are also offering better promotions.
Carolyn Fields (author) from South Dakota, USA on September 23, 2020:
Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 23, 2020:
We have not been away in a long time and use to travel frequently. I really like this excellent article, Carolyn.