June 4, 2012
Ahhh yes…summertime. It is the time of year when pool parties, beach weather, and bikinis are all that’s on your mind. But your busy day job and list of priorities mean you don’t have the luxury of soaking up the sun every single day this summer while enjoying a cold brew. Instead of wasting your time on another quick trip to Vegas, why not try a new getaway location this summer and see what else is out there? Whether you are leaving town for a weekend or a week, these summer travel locations are fun, relaxing, AND won’t break the bank.
- If you are already on the West Coast, don’t rule out Palm Springs, California. Besides the endless resorts, restaurants, malls, bars, and sun, Palm Springs is affordable and can be turned into a quick trip. Even if you are just looking for a weekend getaway, it’s only an hour and a half drive from Los Angeles whether you start there or rent a car from LAX – so you don’t have to miss any work.
- If you are itching to escape from the West Coast and have a little bit more time to spare, consider Dallas, Texas. Sounds random? Hear me out. Dallas is experiencing that good ol’ southern summer without making you feel like you are going to melt as soon as you step outside. Dallas nightlife is diverse and exciting, but manages to remain laid back. They take “Sunday Funday” more seriously than any other state I’ve seen. So, go enjoy some Southern food, sun, and Southern hospitality. Their relaxed energy is infectious!
- If you enjoy sightseeing and really have more time (and money) to spare, definitely visit Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is beautiful in the summer. You can sightsee until your heart is content, enjoy the city’s famous deep dish pizza, and party at the same time…virtually in the same location: downtown Chicago. Chicago culture is palatable from the minute you get off the airplane. The people are not only friendly, but they know how to have a good time!
- Now, if you really racked up the PTO or OT, remember that South and Central America await you. Countries like Panama and Belize will give you the best bang for your buck. The luxury resorts that would cost you two whole paychecks here in the states will cost you under one paycheck in Costa Rica. You get to enjoy the beautiful weather and experience a different culture.
Don’t wait for fun to come to you this summer. Be adventurous and try a city you have never seen before. Who knows: You just might like it! Happy Travels!