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The Art of the Weekend Vacation Quickie

Making time for play on vacation

When you're a kid, playtime is as important as naptime and meals - you couldn't live without it! Sadly, most adults think we can't live without our smart phones and the world they connect us to...

do you crave a quickie weekend getaway?North Americans (on average) have access to 10 vacation days per year while Europeans can tap into 4-6 weeks of away time ... what a difference. 

Even more shocking - North Americans skimp on their time away while Europeans take what's given to them and then some. And why not?

Recently, an acquaintance of mine bragged that she and her husband have never taken a vacation together. They`ve been married 12 years (with 2 kids) and have never indulged in a dirty weekend getaway - just the two of them. Even their family vacations incorporate work time because they're both entrepreneurs and neither wants to miss an opportunity. She told me she's happy and their businesses are thriving but the tiredness around her eyes revealed a much different story.

When did NOT taking a vacation become a badge of honor? When did we forget that routine without playtime is the death of desire?

Finding YOUR field of dreams

overworked & stressed - you need a quickie getaway!Study after study proves that work-related stress can lead to serious health issues. Planning a weekend vacation getaway with your partner doesn't need to involve months of planning and saving for the ultimate romantic destination. A romantic escape can be within driving distance or a last minute non-stop flight to a Caribbean resort.

In the mood for a weekend of playtime? Use our getaway-strategies to get yourself off the grid and on route to your weekend vacation getaway.

1. Negotiate your weekend vacation getaway. Consider a bed & breakfast near home, or a local destination spa, ski slopes (any season) or maybe a beach destination not so far away. Remember, many resorts work hard to deliver something for everyone. If you're partner's a golf addict, a spa is usually close by.

2. Use Google to map out what's nearby. Narrow your search by using keywords to help you find the perfect getaway within your radius. For example: "spa + golf resort in Albuquerque" or "weekend ski package in British Columbia."

3. Let the world know you're off the grid. Include a vacation reminder in your email leading up to your getaway and turn on the vacation responder the day you leave. And then turn off your email on your phone. Trust us, the world will still be here when you return.

4. Set expectations and guidelines ahead of time with your partner. If you must take calls, agree on availability and shut-down times. And stick to them.

5. Schedule your couple's spa treatments and tee times but leave room for spontaneity. It's playtime remember!

6. While we're on the subject of playtime, remember to bring the fun stuff. Candles, a bottle of wine for the room, massage oil ... you get the idea.

celebrate your lovers getaway Spicing things up doesn't require satin sheets and whirlpool tubs as much as it demands shutting out the rest of the world. 

Depending on your mood, you might want tango lessons or unscheduled walks on the beach. Only you know what will make the perfect weekend vacation getaway for you and your partner.

Need some help finding the right getaway? Start here for inspiration AND planning:

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Good article. We're sharing it to our guests.

"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." George Bernard Shaw Make time for your love life. If you don't then your end up having a life, but no love in it.

Very nicely written, and filled with some really great vacation ideas.

I agree on that if you don't have enough time to go away for 2 weeks holiday, then take a city break, go to countryside or some other place that has a a lot of nature around. You will be relaxed and your productivity will increase.

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