Short Getaways = Happiness

In the June issue of Shape magazine, I read the following:

“Deciding between going on one long getaway this summer or taking a bunch of shorter trips? To reap the biggest payoff from your break, choose the second option. Dutch researchers found that you get pleasure from anticipating a vacation, not just taking one.

Taking shorter trips may be the ticket to summer happiness, and I can attest to that. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been on a true, weeklong splurge of a vacation. For me, shorter (and much, much cheaper) jaunts offer more frequent build-up excitement.

While at Union Station yesterday in downtown Los Angeles, I began to the get an itch for travel – the train travel bug. A day-and-a-half train ride up to Seattle for a weekend stay seems more appealing than ever. Today my mind has taken me to Santa Fe and to Portland. Here I revisit three of my favorite, and affordable, shorter trips from the past couple of years. Yesterday’s post was about being a tourist in your own town; today it’s about being a tourist in or near your own state.

New Orleans, LA (June 2008)

Sarasota, FL (June 2008)

San Diego, CA (July 2009)

10 responses to “Short Getaways = Happiness

  1. I need one of these…

    That picture of the sleeping cat is just too cute!

  2. Love these photos!! I totally agree, more short vacas VS one 2 week long vacation are so much better. Long weekends away can be so romantic and rejuvenating. There are so many options and places to visit that are less than a days drive away, living in LA!

  3. wow what gorgeous pictures!!! i love your outfits, you’re so stylin! =)

  4. So jealous. I wanna go San diego πŸ™‚

  5. That last photo is so cool. Here’s to mini-vacays!

  6. love these pictures, so summery and perfect.

    xx raez

  7. Nice cluster of photos* !

    – Marai from L.A. πŸ˜‰

  8. Ah jealous of your travels!

  9. really wonderful!!
    loving your blog, keep it up!
    and thanks for your sweet comment, means the world!


  10. Nice pictures, those beaches look amazing, and your so pretty! great post, just found your blog! πŸ™‚

    D E G A I N E

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