Vacationing Close To Home

By: Shannon Shull

Vacationing close to home… Just Do It!  Sometimes we think in order to take a true vacation, we have to book flights and take days off from work. Not so, I say, not so. Every one of our grand states has visit-worthy, intriguing locations. And goodness knows, though we’d love to have the time and money to take a week or more off to really do it up right and experience the ultimate vacation, most of our schedules and budgets just don’t allow that pleasure. Wouldn’t  ya just love to fly to Tahiti maybe? Journey to Italy? Skiing in Vale? An Alaskan cruise maybe? In my case, I’d love to visit friends in Los Angeles and New York or head back to one of the many places I’ve gotten to visit for work, but never had the pleasure to experience as a vacation…Las Vegas, Aruba, & Colorado.

Truth is, most of us just don’t have the time, much less the money, to make a glorious mac-daddy vacation happen. So how does one escape and get that oh-so-priceless getaway to re-charge and step away from the day-to-day grind? Vacation close to home! Seriously, it can be done.

The Pineapple Fountain, Charleston, SC

The Pineapple Fountain, Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC - an ulitimate vacation destination

Charleston, SC – an ulitimate vacation destination

I am lucky enough to live in the South and we have a wealth of vacation-worthy locations to choose from within a very short driving distance. I recently managed to take a quick weekend getaway – a little birthday celebration escape – to the amazing, rich with history, glorious, Charleston, SC.  I didn’t even take the whole weekend, just a one night, almost two-day escape from my enormous, overwhelming to-do list. Yes, I admit, it was a bit of a tease. It was very hard to leave, to say the least. But, it was still a refreshing getaway that helped invigorate me so that I will HOPEFULLY have a little bit more energy to survive the mountain of stress that is my life.

Charleston shines

Charleston shines

Gorgeous architecture...

Gorgeous architecture…

The gorgeous architecture of Charleston, SC

The gorgeous architecture of Charleston, SC

Growing up in the ole South, so close to Charleston, SC, one can tend to take it for granted.  I had the pleasure of visiting this grand locale last year for one of my many Zumba training sessions. But for some reason, with this recent getaway, though very short, I was reminded of the historical beauty of Charleston, SC. Not to mention, the incredible food and shopping opportunities! I think I could’ve spent days just taking pictures of the architecture. Needless to say, I have developed a great appreciation for Charleston and all its glory. It is certainly vacation-worthy – even if it’s only for a day trip.

Lookie Lookie...

Lookie Lookie…

The most amazing She-Crab Soup at the restuarant Toast on Meeting Street!

The most amazing She-Crab Soup at the restuarant Toast on Meeting Street!

So my point with this blog entry is to remind you that you don’t have to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a fancy vacation. You can experience a lovely getaway in just a short drive within your own state! Allow yourself the chance to recharge and get away…take a vacation close to home.  😉

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