Those two-week vacations your mom and dad reminisced about? Who does that anymore?
In our hustling, bustling, busy world, five days and four nights are the new normal. In fact, surveys show that 53% of global travelers say they’re planning even shorter “bite-size” trips in 2019.
Such short vacations can be beneficial. A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health found that “one single short-term vacation, independent of the mode, has large, positive and immediate effects on perceived stress, recovery, strain and well-being.”
The good news is we now have a network of airplanes that can get us most places in the United States, Canada, and Mexico on a single flight so that we can maximize our time on the ground. And we now have the sort of comfort devices that can make that five-hour+ flight from Los Angeles to New York City as comfortable as an afternoon nap in the old reclining chair that your dad kept in the living room.
Consider HappyLuxe’s Paris Luxury Travel Set, whose name reflects its sophisticated style and not your destination. It includes an Odyssey Travel Pillow that will gently cushion your head as your soft Escape Sleeping Mask blocks out the light and other distractions, while the Wayfarer Travel Wrap keeps you comfy and cozy. You’ll look as stylish and comfortable to your fellow passengers as you feel, wrapped in a range of colors including Pink Crush, Sage Green, Cool Grey, and Jet Black.
Come aboard and buckle up. Then unwind and enjoy the journey with this luxurious travel set. And once you’ve landed, consider these ways to ensure that your short vacay is a relaxing and memorable one:
1) Follow your plans.
You and your travel partner should go online in advance of the trip and figure out your dining, shopping, touring and play schedules. Yes, you can make changes once you’re on the ground. But planning ahead will save you time.
2) Focus on your travel partner.
Husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend. If you’re traveling with someone you love, let this “bite-size” trip be all about deepening your connections with one another. There’s never a better travel souvenir than love.
3) Unplug from work.
Consider a temporary bounce-back email and a new telephone voice recording that says “I’m on vacation and look forward to replying to your message when I return on Monday.” Then turn off all the alerts from those various apps. You want to be immersing yourself in your vacation world without the dings and pings that distract you all day long at home. (However, don’t stop taking and sharing those selfies!)
4) Experience something unusual.
Yes, Miami has beautiful beaches. But what about immersing yourself in the culture of Little Havana (the Cuban food at Versailles Restaurant is amazing)? Or spending your brief New York City vacation exploring India in Jackson Heights, Queens, or Russia in Little Odessa at Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach? If nature is your thing, consider kayaking on the Hudson River from one of the three piers in Hudson River Park.
When it’s time to head back to the airport, be sure to give yourself plenty of time so you can relax, grab a coffee, a snack and a few of those last minute souvenirs. And you can plump up that Paris Luxury Travel Set and get ready for the nap on the way home.