There are times when you just cannot afford to take time off or pay for a week's vacation and we are in one of those times right now. But that does not necessarily mean you cannot take a few days off here and there for a mini vacation.
In my opinion, a mini vacation is far better than the "staycation" everyone is talking about this summer. Putting yourself in a completely different environment or climate allows you truly escape and rejuvenate.
In July, we drove over to Del Mar, California for a weekend. We stayed at L'Auberge Del Mar, which is nestled in the heart of town and one block from the glorious beach. It was misty and cool and 100% refreshing. We walked everywhere which was a nice change as well.
The goal for every summer is to do the full vacation with my sister and her family. We were not able to swing it this year, but we are going to see them after all when we take Laura for her Freshman orientation for college. Her college is two hours away from my sister's house (I swear we did not pick the school for that reason), but it sure is convenient (thank you, Laura!). My sister's husband is such a good sport about putting up with me when I come for these little mini-vacations. After Bill and me help Laura get settled in her dorm room, I get to spend 4.5 days with my sister and family. That's 108 hours (but who's counting)?
This mini-trip will probably be very emotional, exciting and rejuvenating all at the same time and I plan to make the most of every waking moment.