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The 3 Best Types of Weekend Getaways

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The 3 Best Types of Weekend Getaways

For 11 months of the year, we daydream about where we’ll go on vacation — beaches, safaris, canyons — until we finally arrive at the week or two when we get to fulfill the dream. We return to work temporarily refreshed, only to spend another year anticipating.

The thing is, all that waiting to wind down isn’t necessary. Sure, long trips are great, but they’re not the only way to experience adventure or luxuriate in relaxation. Many experts believe that even a long weekend can deliver an impressive bang for your vacation buck. “If you have 12 vacation days, you’re better off planning a number of three- or four-day vacations per year than one long trip,” says Dan Buettner, author of Thrive: Finding Happiness the Blue Zones Way (National Geographic, 2010).

By studying populations worldwide, Buettner discovered that the healthiest, happiest people “downshift” routinely, not just annually. “Scheduling a string of downshifting vacations every other month helps you get into the routine of de-stressing your life.”

Science confirms that regular time off from work can reduce your chances of becoming ill or dying prematurely. But there’s another factor in the work-play equation: how long the good feelings last after you return from climbing in Yosemite or surfing in Hawaii.

The postholiday glow can fade with shocking speed, says vacation researcher Jessica de Bloom, MSc, of Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. In the people she studied, vacations’ aftereffects — less stress, fewer physical complaints — usually disappeared within the first week of their returning home. But more regular trips offer a greater number of relaxed, postvacation days.

Besides shortening the length of time between post-vacation highs (and lows), frequent three-day vacations give you more opportunities to visit a variety of locations with diversified experiences — a short winter ski adventure followed by summer cycling and fall mountaineering, for instance.

There’s also an enhanced happiness factor. “Much of our satisfaction from vacationing comes from planning a trip and remembering its highlights,” says Buettner. “If your life is punctuated with short vacations, then you’re getting more of those opportunities.”

Here are three examples of quick, no-fuss getaways: one restful and romantic, one high adventure, and one memorable trip of my own that combined them both. A key tip: Go somewhere that’s three hours or less from home. Shorter travel time helps make the most of a brief escape.

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By Laurel Kallenbach, Experience Life

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12:28PM PDT on Oct 6, 2012

Something else I need to do more of

2:57PM PDT on Sep 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:02AM PDT on Sep 25, 2012

I love travel...

10:00AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012


8:44AM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

Weekends away in the Fall, you reconnect with the outdoor beauty, of the fall, leaves colour
change here @ home in Ontario. You go for long walks in the fresh, crisp, fall sunny days!
You take a weekend away, to where, you stay @ a inn or small hotel, where you enjoy the indoor pool, and the jaquzzi! & suppers by a warm, glowing, fireplace. That to me is, the way to have a weekend get-a-way, & a real mental,spiritual,& physical rest!++

4:05AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Interesting, ty

2:03AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Thank you for the information

1:15AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

I love week ends away.

9:29PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Mini vacations can be wonderful.

8:02PM PDT on Sep 22, 2012

Thanks Molly for providing Ms. Kallenbach's great article and I wish I had do this when I was working and not retired.

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