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Have a Mini-Vacation Now

Kristen Houghton

Saturday, December 28, 2013 • 6:08pm

The end of the holiday season seems to have a strange effect on humans. It has to do with a singularly human necessity. You and your spouse need a vacation! And you need it soon! Though we can vacation throughout the year, Winter seems to signal the start of a restlessness in people; most especially if you live in an area where the winters are less than pleasant. The prospect of warmer weather makes us almost giddy. But what if you absolutely can’t get away for a week or longer?

There are other ways to escape and mini-vacations can refresh you almost as well as a seven or ten day get-away. What are mini-vacations? They can be as short as simply going away overnight or as long asa four day weekend, whether that “weekend” actually comes at the end, or in the middle, of the week. Many places offer great deals on mid-week get-aways and a Bed and Breakfast is an excellent choice. Check out sites for Bed and Breakfasts on the Web. You will find all the information you need for any specific area you choose.

The pleasure of going to a bed and breakfast is that most of them are located in themed time periods. You can book a room in a Victorian inn or a French auberge (little hotel) with the bedrooms looking exactly as if you had stepped into another world. Breakfasts at these places are substantial and good. Remember that your hosts live there so it is almostas if you are guests at an inviting private residence. Many name hotels offer special package deals both mid-week and on certain week-ends of themonth. It pays to call up one of the major hotels in your area and ask about their specials. Ask to be put on a list that will allow them to contact you about special rates and dates.

Don’t worry, the reputable hotel chains will not sell your name, home or e-mailaddresses to solicitors. Browse the internet for vacation deals at resorts. You will be surprised at some of the combined low room rates and air fares you’ll see. Never be afraid to negotiate. A breakfast,vouchers for dinners or entertainment, two-for-one meals, spa services; hotels and resortsare in the business to keep their rooms occupied. They are more than willing to “give in order to get.” A satisfied guest is a returning guest. Vacations, mini or otherwise, are an excellent way to renew your spirit, your outlook, andyour relationship. You deserve one soon.

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