Making the most of when you can't travel: Port Aransas Vacation Review

The summer is my busiest time of year as a small business owner and it often means that I can't really make time to travel during this time. I took a great family vacation right before summer started, but after that quick trip I've been staying home and working almost 100% of my free time. It's been tiring so I decided I wanted to take a local beach vacation. We live in Texas and let's just say that the beaches here aren't beautiful... I actually went to Galveston last summer and while I did enjoy my time there, the beach leaves A LOT to be desired. This year I talked my husband and two other couples into joining me in Port Aransas. It's less than a four hour drive from our home in Austin and there are SO many vacation rental options right by the beach.

The beach in Port Aransas is much cleaner than the beach in Galveston. There was no seaweed, minimal jelly fish and the sand is generally clean. You can drive your car right up to the beach making unloading chairs and coolers very easy! The beach was busy while we were there, but it was still relaxing and there was plenty of space for everyone.

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Because our condo was so close to the beach, we were even able to sneak in a quick sunset or two. It didn't fully satisfy my desire to take a trip, but I was able to work in the condo and walk back and forth from the beach, which really was nice. If you are like me and can't travel during your busy season, here are a few ways to make the most of not traveling:

1. Plan a Day Trip- Sometimes just one day out of my routine really helps me get out of my funk! Find a place that is 30 minutes to an hour away from where you live and head out there. You don't need a plan, just explore!

2. Go Somewhere In Your City- A few weeks ago I took all of my employees zip lining. I've only even been zip lining when on vacation, but it was so fun to do it in my own city!

3. Eat a New Cuisine - If you can't travel, you can still easy! Find an Ethiopian, Thai or Indian restaurant and start planning your next vacation.

Luckily I have some exciting travels coming up and I can't wait to write about them!