|Judith Whitehead lives in Amherst New York( A suburb of Buffalo, N.Y.)|
and has worked in the ophthalmology field of medicine for over 30 years.
Needless to say, we all need a break for a few days or more where we can unwind from our every day work week or monotonous day after day routine.
Today can be quite costly to travel especially if you have a family to bring along. When our children were little we did a lot of local things that were fun and gave us a break in the week.
We are fortunate that in Buffalo now more than ever, are lots of activities nearby to enjoy for the whole family. Most of our vacations took place in the summer when our boys were out of school but now that they are grown and out of the house we can be selfish and plan our trips carefully and economically.
We belong to every hotel and airline free club and collect points any time we travel; we choose economical airlines or when close enough, driving vacations that we enjoy just as much. We have taken many road trips while staying in little hide a way motels that were very picturesque as well as easy to find. Whenever we drove anywhere we always packed food to take along for at least the first few days; food on the road is very costly and not always the best.
A staycation can be a great way to unwind as well. A few months ago I just decided to take off on a Monday and just chill. I met a friend for lunch, did a lot around the house and went shopping with no rush or timeframe to meet. By the end of the day I felt relaxed and mellow; of course the next day returning to work made that all disappear but it was nice while it lasted.
No matter what you do during the day, raising a family, work out of the home or care for the elderly, it is more than vital to take a mental day off to forget about your responsibilities and allow yourselves to relax.
We are planning a vacation to the west coast soon; I started many months ago stalking the websites for airline deals and hotel spots. If you can plan way ahead, the best deals are to be found. Even the anticipation and countdown of days before leaving is a morale booster in itself, especially with the Winter we have had to endure.
If you can’t leave the area then research the great finds in your home town and surrounding areas. Visiting the Zoo or the Niagara Falls are amazing in the Buffalo Winter time.
Many of my friends take up winter sports, skiing, snowboarding and running all that can be done if dressed properly. For myself, just give me a warm fire to sit near and watch a great movie at home while snacking.