The perfect mini break tends to be an idea we mull over while sitting at our desks, typing away. An escape to somewhere tropical, with a little less espresso downing and a little more cocktail sipping. I recently returned from a mini jaunt in Tobago for my friends’ wedding and I had an absolutely fabulous time. I was reminded of how rejuvenating it can be to escape the day-to-day for a little while. And after the statistics on how many Americans use their vacation days were released, I felt the need to get behind the push for mini getaways.
Tobago was a great surprise with pristine beaches and impossibly lush rainforests – an idyllic backdrop for the 1960 classic Disney movie Swiss Family Robinson. I found myself holding court each day at the very chilled Bacolet Beach Club – an open air restaurant on the beach with a super cool vibe that reminded me of my favorite lunch spot in Bali. A quick 4-hour flight from JFK to Trinidad and 20-minute puddle jumper to Tobago – for an Aussie lass like me, that’s what we call a weekender.
For those not looking to pull out their passport, Scottsdale is the perfect mini weekend break and a great option for New Yorkers or Angelenos. The city has more than 330 days of sunshine annually (that sounds perfect right about now…) and a plethora of stunning properties. I recently stayed at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia – the Moroccan hammam experience is to die for. There is also the darling Singh Farms with an out of this world farmer’s market for people looking to have a little impromptu picnic.
A spot on the top of my mini break bucket list is Iceland – a surprisingly easy flight from NYC and a totally different world. Ultra-cool travel company Black Tomato has a huge arsenal of Icelandic itineraries and would be the perfect go-to for navigating the land of fire and ice.
The world is too beautiful and diverse to let your email run your life – make every vacation day count.
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