CREA­TURE COM­FORTS

How to give your­self a men­tal and phys­i­cal re­boot while stay­ing close to home

Northern Living - - SPECIAL FEATURE - TEXT HANNA SORBITO

It comes to a point where you’ve fi­nally had enough. Sure, the cooler rainy days were some­thing we had looked for­ward to back in the face of ex­treme heat last sum­mer, but once the heavy rains ar­rived, they took the good out of our mood and af­fected our pro­duc­tiv­ity: De­spite our best in­ten­tions, traf­fic un­til dawn and soggy socks and shoes take a lot out of us and keep us from cross­ing things out from our to-do list.

That’s why break­ing our rou­tine once in a while is im­por­tant in keep­ing our san­ity. Bad weather and monotony do not make a good com­bi­na­tion, so if you’re plan­ning to have a quick es­cape from all the has­sles of daily city life, a stay­ca­tion is the way. Con­ve­nient and in­ex­pen­sive, a get­away that hap­pens not far from home might just be your best va­ca­tion ever, if planned prop­erly.

Ex­plore lo­cal sights that will of­fer you new ex­pe­ri­ences. You don’t need to go on ex­otic so­journs to give your­self the time and space to clear your mind. Re­search on lo­cal tours, food spots, eco­tourism sites, show­rooms, and book drives. Em­brace the quirks of your home­town and get to know its cul­ture bet­ter. Avoid rig­or­ous itin­er­ar­ies and be spon­ta­neous: Your fa­mil­iar­ity of the place will both amuse and sur­prise you, given what you are yet to dis­cover.

Un­plug from your con­nec­tions. Re­mem­ber that your stay­ca­tion is a real va­ca­tion, and be­ing close to home does not re­quire you to stay at­tached to work. Give your­self enough space to en­joy your well-de­served rest. Spend qual­ity time with fam­ily and friends. Squeeze in some ac­tiv­i­ties that you can do at home, like play­ing board games, hav­ing a movie marathon, or hav­ing a bak­ing ses­sion with kids. Ap­pre­ci­ate the time you get to have with the peo­ple you love. Give lux­ury ameni­ties a try. A stay­ca­tion at home can get stress­ful if you’d still be the one to pre­pare ev­ery­thing, so con­sider splurg­ing on your­self as a treat. Head to a nearby ho­tel and pam­per your­self with a sauna or gym ses­sion. Go to a fancy din­ner buf­fet with the fam­ily, and dress up for the oc­ca­sion. En­joy room ser­vice—who doesn’t want break­fast in bed? If you’re al­ready imag­in­ing vividly this badly needed es­cape, Hol­i­day Inn Ex­press Manila New­port City in Re­sorts World Manila of­fers su­perb ac­com­mo­da­tions. The ho­tel is just min­utes away from Makati and Boni­fa­cio Global City, and it takes pride in hav­ing world-class ho­tel fa­cil­i­ties and ameni­ties, in­clud­ing un­lim­ited WiFi ac­cess, a 42-inch tele­vi­sion with in­ter­na­tional chan­nels, 24-hour coin-op­er­ated laun­dry and iron­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and free air­port shut­tle ser­vice, just to name a few. Go ahead and make that book­ing. There’s noth­ing wrong in treat­ing your­self right. For in­quiries on room avail­abil­ity and other con­cerns, call (02) 908-8600 or visit the ho­tel at 1 Jas­mine Drive, Re­sorts World Manila, Pasay City. Check out their web­site at www.rw­manila.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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