We are having a tough winter here in Chicago with blizzards and sub zero temps just about every week so I am officially on a countdown to Spring (17 days!). Even though I’m not hopeful we will see warm temps and sunshine here in Chicago by next month, I have made sure that I will be having a few days in the sun elsewhere. I’m headed back to my favorite vacation spot, Cabo San Lucas in April for a well deserved vacation and getaway with a few of my girlfriends from Texas. I’ve blogged about Cabo here before and my decision to purchase a timeshare, so I’m excited to go back “home” for a few days.
If you are planning to head to the beach this year, here are some #travelsmart tips to make sure it’s your next beach trip is the best ever:
Relaxing on the beach should be your #1 priority. Many people spend time poolside and maybe get near the beach but fail to actually spend time on the sand. Rent a chair (or even better a cabana) and plan to spend at least a few solid hours along the shore. There is something about the sound of waves crashing, sun beaming down and feet in the sand that can instantly lift your mood. If your resort has spa services on site, carve out time in your trip for a beachside spa day. It’s always good to get in some “me time” in the midst of all the fun and adventure of your vacation.
Unplug and Catch Up
Technology can have a way of taking over your life. Some of us can get so caught up in the “online” world that we aren’t present and fully enjoying the REAL life we are in. Beach trips are the perfect opportunity to catch up some reading NOT check email and social media the whole time. Bring along your favorite magazines and newest book to make the best use of your free time. Try to step away from social media and be present in the moment. Snap a few photos and share updates with friends and family on social media at the end of the day.It’s actually nice to spend some time away from the constant barrage of email, notifications and text messages that can generally be a distraction.
Vacationing at a destination with a hip and urban nightlife is a bonus! It’s always good to step away from the resort and hang with the local scene and culture. Before heading to your destination check out Groupon for discounted deals on local events and restaurants. Dine at a nice restaurant, dance like nobody is watching when the DJ plays your song or gather the girls for an “I’m Every Woman” karaoke sing along. Conversation and laughs over a great meal and a bumping bassline beat always makes for a good time.
Go on an excursion
There are so many wonderful water sport activities to take advantage of when you are located at a beach resort. From parasailing to snorkeling to sunset cruises, making sure to have some fun and adventure in the midst of relaxing makes for priceless memories. When I vacationed with girlfriends in the Bahamas we went horseback riding along the beach and watched as one of the girls went parasailing. In Jamaica I climbed the Dunn Rivers Falls and hiked the El Yuenque rainforest in Puerto Rico. Whatever you do make it fun and adventurous.
Do you have any upcoming beach vacation plans? Share in the comments!