As I’m sure many you have heard, Jet Blue recently offered a travel package that created quite a buzz. For $499, people were allowed unlimited travel throughout their network of destinations, from from September 7, 2010, to October 6, 2010. The biggest restriction was no travel on Fridays or Sundays. This could be removed by going with the $699 deal.
I didn’t go for it, due to time commitments, but it was a pretty intriguing offer. If one has a large block of time available during that time frame, it can be a great opportunity to be a jet setter and explorer all in one month. Seems like a good time to me!
That got me thinking about how fun it would be to get away and just chill out. Even though it’s not possible right now for me due to time commitments, I feel like getting inspired by the possibilities. Along those lines, I thought about this totally hypothetical situation:
Let’s pretend for a moment that someone offered you a chance to travel to one location for R&R, just to relax and recharge. The parameters of this daydream scenario would be as follows:
- One free round trip to anywhere within your country of residence; if U.S., it must be within the lower 48 states
- You would have up to 10 days to vacation
- You must stay within the state of your arrival/departure
- You got a reasonable daily stipend for lodging, food, auto rental – say, $200 per day.
For me, the place to chill would be Coastal Oregon. I would fly into Portland, then drive to the coast for some R&R. Cities such as Cannon Beach and Yachats would be on my list of places to stay.
Why Coastal Oregon, of all places? I have been there previously, and found it to be a very relaxing place to visit. You get the beautiful, majestic scenery of the Pacific coastline, with the surf hitting beaches (and occasionally rocks and seastacks) that are juxtaposed against lush, green hills and mountains. There are some quaint towns along the way that are welcoming to tourists, yet relatively unpretentious. Good food, good times. I liken to a northern version of California’s famed Highway 1. It’s a little cooler, and there’s a bit more rain, but if you pick the right time to go and the weather cooperates, it’s a hidden gem. I’ve been to 47 out of 50 states, and think this is a very underrated area for recharging one’s batteries. I highly recommend checking it out.
OK, enough about me. How about you? In this totally hypothetical, fun scenario, where would you go choose to fly? What state/province would you visit, and to what locations would you go?