The Art Of The Staycation In Catalina Island

My latest staycation: Catalina Island. The beautiful island is located just a short boat ride away from Long Beach

Catalina Island California
PHOTO DAWN FLEMING

Many of us get that itch to travel to a new country and explore places we’ve always dreamed of visiting. For me, that place will always be Paris. Rain or shine, Paris always seems to have a magical glow that keeps you wanting more. Unfortunately, many of us don’t always have the time or funds to buy a ticket and leave on the first flight out to our next travel destination. Luckily your next adventure could be just a short drive away. Enter the staycation. These day trips where families can explore places or enjoy leisure activities within driving distance first became popular between 2007 and 2008, during a time of the financial crisis in the United States. Just because the economy is getting better, however, doesn’t mean you and your family can’t still plan a staycation for your next long weekend.

Catalina Island California
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The main component to remember when planning a staycation is that you don’t have to go far to find something fun to do. Visit those historical monuments you drive past on your way to work, take in the scenery at a park, or go back to a place you haven’t been to in ages. The possibilities are endless with staycations. If you’re looking for a romantic weekend, try wine tasting or horseback riding in Malibu. Nothing says romance like a California sunset and a glass of wine. If you’re looking for a fun, family friendly trip, look into a day at the Santa Monica Pier. With food, games, rides, and shopping; every member of the family will find something they want to do.

Catalina Island California
PHOTO DAWN FLEMING

My latest staycation: Catalina Island. The beautiful island is located just a short boat ride away from Long Beach. From Queen Mary’s port, you can catch the Catalina Express and spend all day on the island relaxing on the beach, shopping, or doing a host of water activities like scuba diving, kayaking, and water boarding. My favorite part was just relaxing on the deck of the boat, taking in the sun’s rays and the gorgeous views. When you want to break for lunch you can go to shore and find a ton of places to indulge in fresh seafood. The Lobster Trap has great $5 tacos and you have to try their Pancake Breakfast drink, it tastes just like buttermilk pancakes!

There is always more to do in your town than you think. So on your next weekend, go on a staycation to satisfy your wanderlust. Bon Voyage!

Catalina Island California The Lobster Trap restaurant
PHOTO DAWN FLEMING

Dawn Fleming

Dawn's travel style is relaxed with a special love for museums and cafés. A major history buff, Dawn is drawn to ancient cities full of secrets to uncover. She can't travel without a trench coat, it's stylish and keeps you warm.

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