Christmas Time in the City
Vacation time is so limited in the US. Most people only get about two weeks of paid time off for vacation for an entire year so it is really important to try to make the most of it. To me there are three main types of vacation.
There’s the obligatory travel for reunions, holidays, weddings, etc. There’s the relaxing vacation where your main objective is to escape routine to unwind, catch up on some reading, and perhaps get some sunshine. And there’s the exploration trip where you go check out a place, usually for the first time, and involves things like sightseeing, embracing new culture, and seeking out new experiences and adventure.
Since travel can be quite costly for both time and money I have really come to value the exploration types of travel the most. What I’ve also realized is the obligatory and relaxing types of vacations can also include some exploration and adventure as well! Why not, right? Any chance I get I try to incorporate something new and exciting with my all of my traveling. A wedding in Salt Lake City? How about taking a long drive and stopping at cool sights along the way! Vacation at an all inclusive resort in Cancun? How about booking an excursion to the Mayan ruins for a day!
One year when I had to travel back home (D.C) for Christmas, my mom, sister-in-law, and I planned a short girls trip up to NYC for a few days.
We took the Chinatown express bus up to the city and stayed in an Airbnb in Manhattan. New York City is so magical that time of year!
We dove right into the city with some shopping, fancy meals, Times Square, Central Park, Broadway… it was a blast.
We went to a drag show one night and as I came back to our table from the restroom I saw my sister-in-law up on stage with all of the performers. Needless to say, I have a lot of fond memories from that trip.