Event planners work hard at planning meticulous details all year long. So when it comes time for a much-needed holiday getaway, the number rule is that it not require extensive planning. The good news is there are plenty of stress-free destinations from which to choose.
Check out these itinerary options ideal for . Whether you want to cram in tons of activities, or do absolutely nothing at all, it’s time to get packing for your holiday getaway.
On event day, you don a casual pair of dress shoes. But on your off-days, you’re most comfortable in a pair of hiking boots. If you’re looking for adventures in the mountains or in open water, these are the destinations for you.
Budget pick: The Grand Canyon
Rafting tours, mule rides, hiking, and helicopters — how’s that for adventure? The Grand Canyon is a trip you must take if you love the outdoors, the beauty of nature, and the exciting adrenaline rush that comes with exploring.
Splurge: New Zealand
Not only is it one of the most beautiful places on the planet, but it offers an array of heart-pounding activities on land, water, or air. Spend your days kayaking, skydiving, hiking, and more. Among the must-see landmarks include the Milford Sound, the Bay of Islands, Fiordland and Aoraki National Parks, and Queenstown.
For the post-event partier
When you’re on duty you might have a glass of wine (or two), but you’re pretty restrained. You need to be alert and on-call for whatever crisis might arise at your event. If you’re looking to cut loose and knock back a few, here’s where you should go.
Budget pick: A cruise
It’s true that cruise vacations can get pricey, but you can score a great deal at the last minute since cruise lines don’t like to set sail with empty cabins. As far as planning and trying to coordinate reservations go, you don’t have to lift a finger. There’s something to do (or not do) every minute of the day or night.
Splurge: Las Vegas
What better party town is there than Las Vegas? Sin City is a great destination to blow off stress with great entertainment, endless nightlife options, and — of course — gambling. And don’t forget the great food! Because of the abundance of options, spontaneity can be the theme of your trip.
For the beach bum
Your phone is constantly buzzing — vendors, sponsors, venues looking to negotiate (or worse, ). You need time to completely zone out. If you want to meditate to the sound of the ocean, these are two beach paradises not to miss.
Budget pick: Key West
It’s not quite the tourist hotspot that Miami is, but if you’re looking for relaxation in the salty ocean air and some good seafood, you’ll love this Florida beach town.
Splurge: Maui, Hawaii
When it comes to beautiful beaches, this large Hawaiian island is tough to beat. Though you can spend all day lounging on the pristine beaches, observing sea life by snorkeling, and discovering hidden coves, there are plenty of Insta-worthy moments should you decide to explore the rest of the island.
For the quiet couple
If you’ve been working nonstop like most of your peers gearing up for event day, you probably haven’t had that quality time with your partner that you love. Make up for lost time with these couple getaways.
Budget pick: Hot Springs, Arizona
Couples who soak in a hot spring together, stay together — or something like that. These natural mineral baths are said to rejuvenate visitors, and there’s plenty of other relaxing activities for couples to enjoy as well, from leisurely golf to romantic bed and breakfast stays.
Splurge: Aspen, Colorado
There’s something about skiing (and the subsequent cuddling by the fire with hot cocoa) that makes it a popular couples getaway. But the sheer beauty of Aspen is also a big draw for some quiet, quality time, whether it’s a romantic horse and carriage ride or taking a trip up the mountain on a Gondola.
For the family
Looking to get away — and bring the family with you? Check out these hotspots that are perfect for your whole family.
Budget pick: An indoor waterpark resort
Once you book your stay at one of these pretend-it’s-summer resorts like Great Wolf Lodge or Kalahari, you can chill out knowing that the kiddies will be entertained. And you’ll rediscover your inner child as you take a ride on a fun water slide, hit the arcade, or take part in a family activity. Of course, there’s plenty of time to sneak away to the spa or hang in an adult hot tub, too.
Splurge: Atlantis, Bahamas
As far as water parks go, the Atlantis Resort is the gold standard. And there’s something for everyone at the luxury destination from the several giant pools to family activities to the gourmet restaurants to the casino.
Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or all-night parties, and no matter who your travel companions are, , you could use a break. Your stress-free holiday getaway awaits.
Once you’re back from vacation, don’t lose that zen when you’re organizing your next event. Maintain your focused and relaxed vibe with .
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