Sometimes, you just need to unplug. My ideal vacation is about two weeks long; it involves lots of sun, lots of beach, and lots of pizza. I'd wake up every morning and order breakfast in bed. Hit the beach and literally do nothing for the rest of the day. But lets be real. That's a champagne dream, and right now I'm on a malt liquor budget. 

This Summer has been an absolute blast! I've been able to travel and spend quality time with my friends and family. But I haven't really had time to sit back and actually reflect on my year and get focused for the remaining four months. I have lots of goals, but I have yet to take the time to make an action plan or a vision board. This past weekend was the perfect time to do that.

When we hear the word "travel", we often think of passports, road trips and plans. But that doesn't always have to be the case. Especially when you're on a budget, or if you simply don't have time to get away.

"Staycations" are changing the way we think about traveling. When was the last time that you truly explored your city? We all have our go to spots. But when is the last time you really tried something different in your city. You'd be surprised at what your town has to offer when you really sit still and take time to enjoy it. That's the thought behind staycations- to feel like you're on vacation without actually venturing out.

Our weekend included a Braves game, a new church, a rooftop pool party and a picnic in the park. It was the relaxing weekend that I needed. I found myself being super productive and realigning myself with my plans for the rest of 2016. 

Staycations can be spur of the moment or planned out. But to get the best experience make sure you do the following:

  1. Book a hotel room, even if it's just for one night. Find a hotel that you've never been to before and check it out. Go to the pool, try the continental breakfast or hit the sauna. Remember, even though you technically didn't go anywhere, you're still on vacation. Enjoy it.
  2. Find something that you've never done before. Is there a food truck festival going on? Have you always wanted to try sips and strokes? Is there a cool new restaurant that you've been waiting to try? Go for it!! 
  3. Turn your phone off! This is your time to unplug and unwind. Make sure at least two people know where you are and turn your phone on do not disturb. This is the best time to start checking things off of your to-do list. Finish that book you started months ago. Finish that application online. Just do it. Whatever you started a while ago and have been trying to find the time to finish it.. now's the time!

Summer is almost over, if you haven't found the time to relax, even if it's just for a weekend, do it now. Before you know it, it'll be 13 degrees outside and we'll all be miserable. LOL :)