As WIkipedia puts it, “a portmanteau of ‘stay’ and ‘cation’” and it’s my favorite thing to do when I’m desperately in need to get out of my own head for a minute.
My favorite place to stay is the DoubleTree in Del Mar, CA. It’s far enough from my hometown, but close enough to work that I don’t have to stress about getting around too much. I pack an overnight bag with basic pampering essentials and take off!
I love to pack a simple, oversized dress than I can lounge around in and a few things to work on while I’m staying in. This one is from Old Navy and it’s super light and flowy. Light enough that I can use it as a nightgown if I really want to. (I usually stay up late enough where I don’t really have a choice, but to fall asleep in it!)
I know it sounds a little bizarre to “work” while taking time to pamper and whatnot, but I get so much work done! The pool at the DoubleTree is surrounded by trees, so you truly feel like you’ve been transplanted into another place.
If you’ve never tried taking a night off and spending in a nice hotel or bed in breakfast - give it a go! If you have the means, of course. The way I look at is I would normally pay about $90.00 a week on therapy, with very little results, and with one night for about $150.00 I instantly feel relaxed and I get work done. It’s not something I indulge in all the time, maybe a few times a year, and I never regret it. There are so many ways to get deals - and if you’re super sweet to the front desk they usually give you a few deals when you check in. The Doubletree always delivers when I stay there, and totally recommend them if you’re near one.