When Alex and I first started dating, he told me that he never liked short vacations. “A vacation is all about relaxing,” he would say. “I don’t want to fly somewhere only to turn right around. I’d rather take one long vacation.” But! Over the past eight years, I’ve taught him the genius that is the lightning-fast getaway…
This past weekend, for his final birthday extravaganza, we took a weekend trip to Jamaica. We stayed in the beautiful Round Hill hotel, which I’d totally recommend. One great thing about a quick vacation is that you can splurge on a nicer hotel — since, obviously, it’s way cheaper to stay somewhere for two nights than seven. Plus, the rates are super reasonable this time of year, because it’s rainy season. Another great thing about the hotel is that it’s in Montego Bay, only 20 minutes from the airport (that’s key for such a short trip!).
We flew out of New York very early in the morning (don’t be put off by the 6 a.m. flight, you can sleep on the plane!) and arrived at the hotel in time for lunch. So our first day felt like a full day — lunch, swimming, reading on the beach, snorkeling, drinks and dinner.
We were excited to get an upgrade — it was Alex’s birthday and it was low season — so we ended up with this awesome outdoor living room. Such a nice place to read and nap during the afternoon rains.
We also had delicious breakfasts — salt fish, fried dumplings, ackee fruit…
Two other couples came down with us, which was really fun. One evening before dinner, we played poker using cards and chips that my friend says he’s had since high school. (What a great thing to pack!)
Another way to make a short vacation feel long is to switch things up. On other, slightly longer trips, we’ve stayed in two different hotels in the same city; this weekend, we ate in different spots for every meal — including Lobster Trapp, an AMAZING teeny seafood shack right on the water. We had freshly caught shrimp and fish with grilled vegetables.
The weekend was wonderful, and we felt really lucky. But one final bonus of a quick trip, for me at least, is that I don’t miss the boys too much! When we got back, we gave them each one million kisses, and they showed us their new scooter tricks. :)
Thoughts? Are you into quick getaways? Do you have any trips coming up? Thank you so much for reading!