We would all love to go on a cruise to the Caribbean, but time does not always allow such an extravagant trip. Instead, you have to be creative to come up with things to do when your brain needs to be reset. When you live at The Beacon Clarendon Luxury Apartments in Arlington, you barely have to step outside your apartment door to feel like you’re on a staycation—everything you want in a typical vacation without the pricey plane tickets and vacation packages. Follow these steps to plan your perfect staycation:

Step 1: Request time off work & make a budget: Choose a time where you won’t be tempted to check your work email from home and once you are approved, block off that week in your calendar. You are not available for an oil change, doctor appointments, or random errands you have been putting off. Plan your budget next. Think of all the things you want to do and how much those things will cost. Remember all the money you are saving by staying home instead of spending money on travel expenses can now be turned into that extra splurge.

Step 2: Do chores ahead of time: Just like you wouldn’t clean a hotel, you shouldn’t be cleaning your apartment during your break. Deep clean your house before the week starts and consider hiring a cleaning service for the week. Meal plan and prep for the week or just plan to try new restaurants you have been meaning to check out in the neighborhood.

Step 3: Turn off your phone! To make this vacation work, you have to be committed to enjoying the week without the hassle of checking your work email. If you are constantly checking your phone or laptop, you aren’t truly using this time to unwind and relieve stress. Give yourself the freedom to have fun!

Step 4: Plan your itinerary: Don’t treat this time like a normal weekend where you stay home binge watching Netflix. Make a list of things you want to try in the neighborhood that you haven’t had a chance to and plan to do those during the week.  Go to a spa, make homemade margaritas, or check out a different golf course—whatever your heart desires. Be sure to save some time to relax with a book by the pool or enjoy a quiet swim. Choose activities that benefit you the most.

Remember to take full advantage of our 24-hour concierge service to schedule appointments and dinner reservations. Our 9th floor clubroom with green roof access is a nice place to lounge around and our rooftop pool allows you to enjoy beautiful views of Arlington and the Clarendon neighborhood. Enjoy a casual walk to the various restaurants and shops around our luxury Arlington apartments or utilize the Capital bike share. Make sure you staycation is all you ever wanted so you’re refreshed and ready to return to work and other adult responsibilities when the week is up.

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