Most Americans don’t have the luxury of weeks upon weeks of vacation time, so the modern-day professional has to get creative in order to find ways to rest, relax and rejuvenate away from the office. Rather than taking a full two weeks to jet off around the world, people are finding smaller batches of time to devote to a getaway not as far from their hometowns that won’t require as much time off. This idea spawned the rise of the “micro-cation.”
A micro-cation is what it sounds like: a smaller version of a vacation that typically involves taking off the Friday before a weekend and/or the Monday after the weekend, extending a trip from as early as Thursday afternoon to as late as Tuesday morning.
According to the Allianz Travel Insurance Confidence Index, approximately 72 percent of millennials took a micro-cation in the past year, and 29 percent reported taking three micro-cations within the same year.
The guilt of not working can become a problem for some newbies in the workforce (i.e., millennials) and requesting time off can feel like a chore, but requesting one or two days off for a long weekend and a quick, cheap Thursday night flight to a nearby destination is far less intimidating.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
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Sleeping comes with difficulty for some travelers. Sleeping is a must when traveling, but especially for people with nausea, fear of flying, motion sickness, claustrophobia or anxiety. Sleeping helps some people cope better with the flight, too. There are some sleep aids that can help people with whatever the issue is, while some need to be prescribed, others are over-the-counter drugs that one can get without hassle.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.