After a long and stressful year of working from home or worse, being furloughed, restrictions are starting to ease and the economy is finally bouncing back. If you’re anything like me, this means you’re looking forward to the summer and, more specifically, summer vacations. If you’re hoping to take a trip this summer, check out these 4 destinations for your next unforgettable vacation.
1. Santa Barbara, California
Nestled into the hills on the coast of California, Santa Barbara is a beautiful little city perfect for a summer getaway. With beautiful beaches and delicious local wine, it’s the perfect place to unplug and recharge. If you’re feeling active, head to the beach early and surf with the locals or finish off your day with horseback riding on the beach at sunset.
For those looking for a more low-key experience, you can sample some of the world-class restaurants in town or simply lay out on the beach with a good book. Plus, with Santa Barbara’s proximity to Los Angeles (about 1.5 hours driving), it’s easy to add a weekend here to any West Coast business trip. Trust us; you’ll be glad you did.
2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
If you’re a family man, summer is the perfect chance to use some vacation days to spend quality time with your kids, and Myrtle Beach is the perfect place to do it. Whether it’s spending the whole day on the beach or checking out the boardwalk (complete with an amusement park and an arcade), this spot has something to keep people of all ages happy and entertained.
Hot tip: If you think you’ll need to stay productive while on vacation, book a stay somewhere farther from the hustle and bustle like North Beach Plantation. The added distance will give you a little more peace and quiet to focus on work, freeing you up to be more present during the fun times.
3. Las Vegas, Nevada
Because you read our blog, we know that you work hard, but the question is: Do you play hard too? If you’ve been working nonstop and need to blow off some steam, Vegas might be the right vacation destination for you. It’s no secret that Las Vegas is a constant party, and the summer is no different. With so many casinos, clubs, and gorgeous rooftop pools, the only problem might be accidentally over-indulging. Do some research ahead of time to find deals on tickets for the hottest shows and get yourself on the list for your favorite clubs. Don’t forget to bring along some hydration packs in case you have a little too much fun. A hangover in the summer heat can almost make you miss the office. Almost.
4. Moab, Utah
If you work an office job, you know that the hours in front of a computer can really take a toll on you. Sometimes, in order to feel human again, you just need to get out and reconnect with nature. Moab, Utah is an ideal location for just this purpose. Live out your adventurous dreams and leave the stress of work behind by hiking, mountain biking, and exploring Arches National Park to your heart’s content. And be sure to bring your camera! Moab is home to some truly stunning and picturesque red rock formations that you’re definitely going to want to document.
Bonus: staying in Moab is typically pretty cheap, meaning you can still save money while on vacation.
As a working person, a vacation can be an important part of your work-life balance. By planning relaxing and exciting trips occasionally, you can help yourself to avoid burnout and return to work reinvigorated. With restrictions slowly being lifted across the country, it’s the perfect time to get back out there and explore somewhere new. Visit the 4 spots mentioned for a summer getaway that will leave you refreshed and ready to go.