There’s no denying it, the last year has been hard. You’ve experienced a new level of stress and have had to learn to quickly adapt to very difficult circumstances. Anxiety, depression, and stress have all increased significantly over the last year. Fortunately, a vacation can have a huge positive impact on stress and mental health.
Considering this, you deserve to treat yourself. Options have been limited over the last year, but with hope on the horizon, it’s becoming easier and easier to find ways to do so. Here are six ideas for getaways, both far-flung and close to home.
1. Take a Hike
If you love exercise and fitness, nothing beats an outdoor excursion. Whether you stay in your home state or across state or country lines, find a national park or state park to adventure in. There are so many activities to enjoy, like hiking, horseback riding, and kayaking. Balance out your daytime explorations, with an evening glass of wine while overlooking a scenic view. Even if you’re not the type to rough it, many natural wonders offer glamping, so you can live in the lap of luxury and enjoy the great outdoors.
2. Consider Cruising
If you equate treating yourself with a hassle-free getaway that involves no planning, consider cruising. A trip like a Mediterranean cruise is a fabulous option when looking for all-inclusive travel. Cruising offers much flexibility, along with enhanced cleaning and safety protocols. It’s easy to feel like you’re living in the lap of luxury when all the planning is done for you and someone else is ironing out the details.
Cruising the Mediterranean means getting to see places like Barcelona, Venice, and Lisbon with the ease and convenience of not having to coordinate logistics when moving from location to location. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy cultural fairs made by highly skilled chefs on your ship in the evening and you can get a taste of the culture and beauty of Europe during the day!
3. Have a Spa Day
If staying in one place and relaxing is more your speed, consider visiting a spa or luxury resort. Many offer package deals with a variety of services. Depending on where you go, look for traditional services that have a cultural flair. Services like massage and facials will leave you feeling re-energized and relaxed. Hot stone treatments and poolside naps are a great way to head home feeling rejuvenated and with a tan, your friends will envy.
4. Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard
If traveling isn’t in the cards for you just yet, consider a day trip that’s focused on doing something you enjoy. Check a map for places just a couple of hours away and have fun being a tourist in your own backyard. Often as locals, it’s easy to neglect to see the sites tourists flock to. Visit the world’s biggest ball of yarn or the local year-round Christmas village! Experience the fun of local parks and attractions as a tourist would and fall in love with your home state all over again.
5. Plan a Big Night Out
It’s also a great time to just plan a great dinner and fun night out with friends. Many haven’t gotten to spend this type of time with their besties of late. Visit a high-end restaurant or enjoy live music on a patio with those you love. Stay up too late and take the time to laugh! Get dressed up, do your makeup, and dust off your high heels. You’ll relish the experience of being out and find yourself more relaxed as you step back into your routine on Monday.
6. Make an Extravagant Purchase
If you’re just not feeling social yet, buy something special that you’ve been longing for. It doesn’t have to be practical! Get something that is really a treat, whether it’s a new piece of jewelry or a paddleboard. Even consider purchasing something big, like a new car or a home remodel.
No matter how you do it, show yourself some love by investing in yourself this year.