Break time: Summer Daycations for Everyone

June 27th, 2014 by Jason Hartman | 1 Comment »

zinn october 13 2007Summer has only just officially begun, but even in the coldest parts of the country, it’s starting to feel a bit more tropical. Everyone is starting to feel that summer vacation urge, a yearning for sunshine and no email. But that just isn’t possible for many of us. Folks like Jason Hartman can spare a day here and there, but a week or month can be very difficult, especially if your work is at its peak in the summertime.

Luckily, there are plenty of nice ways to spend a day away from the grind.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

We don’t necessarily think you’ve got to give up technology and go for a hike, but a little bit of fresh air is bound to make anyone feel better. Think outside the box though—there are a ton of great day activities that happen in the great wide world.

Outdoor theater happens in many places over the summer, and the advantage is two-fold. You’re outside, and you’re also being transported by the performance. This provides a great break for your otherwise busy mind. Often, daytime or weeknight shows offer discounted tickets

You could also plan a picnic in or around your neighborhood. Don’t think peanut butter and jelly sandwiches though—dine in luxury with a fancy basket and expensive food. Pack some wine if that’s your thing and bring a friend, a book, or a notebook and relax in the sunshine.

You could also combine the picnic with a quick dip in a natural or manmade body of water. A lot of hotels and fitness centers offer open swims at affordable rates. Or, take a drive to your nearest local body of water and enjoy a swim.

Finally, take the day off and hit up the closest amusement park. Roller coasters get your adrenaline flowing, which is great for taking your mind off of work. Take a random workday off, and you’ll likely find discounted prices and lower wait times.

Keep in Cool Indoors

Maybe you live somewhere unbearably hot or are generally put off by nature—either way, you can still enjoy a day long vacation. Plan a trip to a few museums in your area (there’s probably some within walking distance of each other) and enjoy the air conditioning.

You can also look at aquariums, planetariums, historical sites that will offer an activity that is easily contained within a day.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with pampering yourself on a day off. Book a day at the spa and get a massage, manicure, or sauna soak.

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