Christopher Columbus Park, Photo by Rachel Levitin
According to a piece featured on CNN.com yesterday, the typical American worker gets two or three weeks off out of a whole year to take a vacation. Only 57% of U.S. workers use up all of the vacation days they’re entitled to.
It’s unfortunate but that’s how it goes. We’re bad at turning off our brains for a vacation due to fear of future layoffs and the fast-paced work environment. What we need to get better at is letting ourselves take just a couple of days to recharge our mental, physical and emotional batteries.
I, too, had to make the choice to take a vacation. Instead of a week or a few days, though, I took one day and made a weekend out of it.
Thanks to my gracious tax return, I took the hour flight from Reagan National to Boston Logan and found myself in Beantown for a quick 48-hour tour of what I quickly found to be one of America’s most walk-able cities. In just two days time, my tour guide of a friend took me on a whirlwind adventure of Boston by foot. Here are a few of my favorite stops from that trip: Continue reading
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We all need vacations. I could go for a three month (or permanent) vacation right about now. However when times are tough and your wallet is a bit thinner than usual, you might think about skipping your trip to Paris and instead having a DC staycation. Instead of researching French bistros and quaint places to eat baguettes and cheese, why not stay right here in our fabulous city?
The key to a successful staycation is to get out of your house and into a hotel. Might I suggest the new and improved Dupont Hotel? They recently did a $50 million renovation and all rooms feature either a king or two double beds, complimentary wireless Internet, flat-screen TVs, heated bath floor tiles, Frette bath robes and Kiehl’s bath amenities. The best part is that they’re offering their rooms at $100 off their regular nightly rate, a deal that’s hard to pass up.
So ditch the kids, pack your fancy lingerie, and slip into a world of luxury. If you’re still longing for baguettes, cheese, and an overall rude French experience, might I suggest Bistro du Coin?