In this post, we’re discussing our favorite subject – vacations! Thanks to President’s Day, we have a long weekend coming up and it’s the perfect opportunity to explore many of the amazing locations that are within easy reach of the Bay Area.
We’ve written in the past about places such as Yosemite, Lake Tahoe, Reno, the Central Coast (Big Sur etc.), and if you can make it a four or five day weekend, cities such as LA, Portland, Seattle and Las Vegas (with the Grand Canyon a must-see) are all within range. Driving, flying, buses and trains are all viable options and if you put some time into your search there are some great deals out there.
But this post isn’t so much about the places you can visit. Instead, we’re encouraging you to get out and go! Go anywhere! With the pressures of school, a social and family life and, for many, a day job, it’s not always easy to find the time to travel, but it’s so important that we do. Seeing new places can be an invaluable reset, a chance to recharge, lose ourselves in new experiences and perhaps gain some perspective on our lives. Daily distractions can make relaxing at home a challenge – but taking ourselves outside our normal environment can have a hugely energizing effect. Also, if you’re an international student, your time in the Bay Area may be limited to the length of your studies, in which case it’s even more important to grab this unique opportunity to explore the surrounding country. San Francisco has access to some of the most beautiful places on the planet and taking time out from your study schedule will not only give you a well-deserved break, but also provide memories that will last a lifetime.
Finally, and as if we could forget, it’s Valentine’s Day on Friday. Whether you’re coupled up or not, what better excuse for a couple of days away? Whatever your motivation and regardless of whether you’re single, coupled up, or like hanging out with a big group of friends – just get booked, get packed and get out there!