After a long winter, it’s important to take some time to warm up, relax, and unwind. Sometimes an impromptu beach vacation is all you need!
Much like the rest of the northern portion of the U.S. and Canada, we’ve been experiencing what seems like the never-ending winter. It’s similar to the NeverEnding Story except there’s no Falkor and there’s no catchy theme song. Instead, there’s snow — lots of it — very little sunshine, and cold temperatures.
It finally became too much to bear for me. My husband and I made the executive decision to take a short (and sweet) family vacation to the beach. We chose Amelia Island, Florida as our destination. We chose this destination because it was affordable, laid back and low key, and boasted beautiful beaches and delicious local fare. It was a much-needed impromptu beach vacation and we made the most of it!
Make the Most of Your Impromptu Beach Vacation
The key to an impromptu beach vacation is not to make any plans. If you’re a planner like I am, this may be a challenging obstacle to overcome. But when you appreciate the spontaneity of an impromptu vacation, you’ll see that not planning is the best way to unwind. Not planning includes taking time off from workouts and running, too. Although you might have to do some planning if you decide to go somewhere like the Philippines and want to immerse yourself into the culture, unfortunately, services like an Isarog Bus does work on a schedule, so you can’t go completely plan free.
Speaking of unwinding, fully immerse yourself in your vacation. Enjoy the sights and sounds. Do some people watching. Enjoy an adult beverage. Relax any way you can. Walk in the ocean with your clothes on. Get sandy!
Enjoy Local Fare
Hopefully you’ll be enjoying that adult beverage at a local eatery. Be sure to try the local specialities. The modern shrimping industry was born where we were vacationing so we tried to eat as much shrimp as we could on vacation — and it was delicious! We ate at an adorable restaurant called 29 South and a fun beach-stand-meets-restaurant called Timoti’s. We also sampled sweet treats from Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop but not before eating the most delicious baklava at Sabbia. Treat your taste buds to foods you can’t (or don’t) get at home!
Beach Vibes Only
When all else fails (or after you’ve eaten your way through your vacation destination), hit the beach! The sound of the waves crashing on the shore, the seagulls and pelicans gliding over the ocean, and the feel of the warm, soft sand between your toes will whisk you away to Relaxation Island. Let your mind drift and forget your worries.
Sometimes all we need after a long, gloomy winter is some sunshine and a quick getaway. While I wouldn’t say Amelia Island was close by any means (we drove for 15 hours), it was definitely worth it. I didn’t think twice about leaving Cleveland and while I maintained my workouts through the Total Body and Tricep Dips and Push-Ups challenges, as much as I “wanted” to run and exercise, I only logged one mile of family fun the whole time we were away.
Every good athlete needs to take some time off — time away from the daily grind of working out or running, going to work, caring for young children, and definitely the weather. When that time comes, it’s best to take full advantage and use the time away to reset, recharge, and come back refreshed and rejuvenated. Sometimes an impromptu beach vacation is all you need!
What’s your favorite destination vacation spot?
Do you eat local when you travel?