The romantic’s gut reaction: COOOOOOOL!!!! The wino’s: EW. What if you fall off? What if it tips over? You just stand outside? There are so many things to think about!! … your thoughts? The future of travel: Floating on a cloud?
Less beautiful: Palia Kameni in Santorini, which did not make this list. The area around the springs is beautiful, but the water itself is pretty gross and lukewarm. Hubs and I affectionately (?) called them the poop springs. Most Beautiful Hot Springs in Europe
Perfectly topical. Have you been to any? World’s 6 Spookiest Cemeteries for Halloween
I wouldn’t normally think of Egypt as a country with great beaches, but this post might just change my mind. Bohemian Beaches:Tarabin, Sinai, Egypt
Ok this has nothing to do with travel, but come on. Try watching/reading and not weeping at your desk, I dare you. Long-Married Couple Gordon Yeager And Norma Yeager Pass Away Holding Hands
And our photo of the day:
the romantic & the wino
Is it wrong to admit that I am already over this “real world” nonsense? I don’t mean to complain—I’m aware it’s completely ridiculous—but landing at JFK at 9 pm on Sunday night and being at work 12 hours later was a serious jolt back into reality. So serious, that by Tuesday, I was twitching for the weekend to get here. Blame it on jet lag, but when the wino told me she was meeting up with a friend from high school and staying at a hotel in midtown I was definitely game, and when we woke up in the morning we agreed that we felt like we were on vacation. So much so, that we’ve decided that we’ve officially found a tried and true formula for the perfect staycation.
Venture out to a new neighborhood: I’ll admit it- with my long work hours, I spend most of my time going between the Upper East Side and Flatiron. On the rare days when I find myself on the Upper West Side or way downtown, I realize how much of New York City there’s still left to explore. On Wednesday night, we strolled through Times Square, a part of NYC that I hadn’t been to in years (see: obnoxious crowds, novelty stores, and one too many TGIFridays.) It felt like a mini escape from my day-to-day NYC lifestyle, and in reality, it’s only a cab ride away from my apartment.
Do something out of the ordinary: Or in our case, ridiculous. One of the stipulations of our Tuesday-night staycation was that we had to stop by a work event first. Unfortunately for us, that event happened to be a party for Cosmo’s 50 Hottest Bachelors. I know, we have hard lives (and hubs was very confused as to how this event just HAPPENED to land on a night when he was out of town for business, but I can’t help that). While we’re normally not the types of girls to jam ourselves onto a packed dance floor and watch a parade of 50 men dance around with their shirts off, we ARE the types of girls who are pro-open bar. And it ended up being so hilariously absurd that we couldn’t help but have a good time.
Get crazy, book a hotel: Sure, it’s financially irresponsible, but spending a night away from home is totally worth it. Round up your friends to get the price down and book a room in a neighborhood you don’t normally frequent. Waking up on Wednesday in a big comfy bed at the Park Central Hotel, I felt like I was on vacation. Plus, having two of my best friends there to laugh with made it much easier when my alarm went off.
Live a little: We saw a girl at the event wearing sky-high stilettos and an open-back dress with a slit waaaay down… to reveal a wolf tramp stamp. On a Tuesday. Guys, we can’t fault her for this–we can make fun of her, sure–but there’s a lesson to be learned here. Out of everyone, that girl went home having had the BEST night of her LIFE. And why? Because she treated her Tuesday like a Saturday night in Atlantic City. Social norms be damned, you go out and live like you’re on Spring Break in Cancun. While we can’t all pull off a wolf tramp stamp (don’t feel bad, no one really can), we can eat junk food most people reserve for the weekend. For us, that meant a healthy dose of onion rings, grilled cheese, and champagne.
Fortunately, it’s already Thursday which pretty much IS the weekend, so you have the next few days to plan your own midweek staycation for next week. We can’t recommend it enough.
the romantic & the wino