Make Time for an Escape

Americans are pretty notorious for not taking our vacation time. Sometimes it’s because the culture at work is super intense, or we feel like we can’t afford to take a break. But mostly, it boils down to us trying to keep up with unrealistic expectations, either our own or someone else’s. And even though more of us are practicing self-care, too many of us are using it the same way we use caffeine, like some sort of cheat code to keep our exhausted minds and bodies going well beyond their breaking point.

Even if you’re great at self-care, you still can’t go indefinitely without a break. Life stays busy as we balance work, family, home maintenance, friendships, and self-care itself. And that’s just the predictable every day stuff. Life is constantly throwing us curve balls (accidents, illness, break-ups) and somehow we have to find a way to rebalance things and keep going.

However well-balanced you have the different parts of your life, at a certain point you need to get away from it all so that you can rest deeply, recharge, and just have some fun! Which brings us back around to the vacation. Just being able to get away from the daily grind of life can be so rejuvenating.

Escaping your usual routine and your usual surroundings gets you out of stale mindsets and let you relax more deeply. Staying in a hotel, the sheets just feel different, the bed is somehow more luxurious. You don’t just get a break from work, you also get a break from having to cook and clean and do laundry for yourself. You can turn all of your focus on doing things that are fun, relaxing, and rejuvenating.

If you’re feeling stuck in a rut or just worn out, make time for a little escape. You don’t have to go far, and luckily for us Las Vegas is the ideal place for a staycation, and not just because of the strip. Sure, if you’re a fan you can book a room on the boulevard. But if your work has you there frequently, then hitting a major strip hotel may not feel like much of a break. Which is why we have a quick round-up of local and nearly-local spots where you can make your escape even with limited time and budget.

  • JW Marriott: The Marriott is perfect if for those who want to spend a few days lounging around a luxurious room, getting pampered at the spa, and playing golf. If don’t live or work in Summerlin, this off-strip resort will feel delightfully far away from your daily life.
  • Boulder City: If you long for quiet little side streets and small town charm, book a room at the historical Boulder Dam Hotel, and divide your time between quaint restaurants and treasure-filled antique shops.
  • Lake Las Vegas: Lake Las Vegas will make you feel truly transported with its cool blue waters, lush green landscaping, and elegant homes and resorts. The sunbathing, boating, and waterfront dining might fool you into thinking you’ve booked yourself a trip to a seaside resort.
  • Mount Charleston: The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is the perfect escape for nature lovers. Take in the fresh mountain air each day with hikes, picnics, horseback riding, and birdwatching. Then, decide if you’ll spend your nights sleeping under the stars or cozied up by the fire at the lodge.