Is a Weekend Getaway Better than Travel Overseas?

Kona Kai Resort

Although we didn’t travel to a new country in February, we did move from North Carolina back to California. While it’s a dream come true, it was exhausting. Packing, unpacking, saying good-bye to friends, traveling, settling in, figuring out a new community, setting up services, and creating a routine for Athena has left us tired and a little stressed. Is it possible that we need a break from our new place already? With empty walls and a few boxes still left to unpack, we decided to get away and leave the rest of the work until next week.

In less than two hours, we arrived at Kona Kia San Diego Resort & Marina with breathtaking views, easy access to great attractions, and newly renovated accommodations and amenities that transcend the ordinary. With all that San Diego and Kona Kai have to offer, a weekend getaway might be better than travel overseas… at least for right now.

Kona Kai Resort & Marina Bedroom

The well decorated room with island style and SoCal energy was a breath of fresh air. We unpacked our bags and took a stroll around the property before relaxing on the patio. Every area was equally well decorated and the bold colors left me feeling revived.

Kona Kai Front Desk

Beach at Kona Kai

As the sun began to set, we got Athena ready for bed and rested while she fell asleep. Now, she’s in dreamland in the crib and we’re in dreamland on the patio. The ocean, a pool, perfect temperatures, and my family; I couldn’t ask for anything more, except for maybe a Pina Colada. View from the Room at Kona Kia

Reminder: pick up Pina Colada mix for tomorrow.

I am anxious to get back on a plane and explore a new country, but for right now a weekend getaway was better than travel overseas. Low stress and great rewards was exactly what we needed as a family.

50 thoughts on “Is a Weekend Getaway Better than Travel Overseas?

    • Yep 🙂 I don’t think I would have wanted to sit on a plane for hours this weekend. I wanted a quick, simple getaway, which is exactly what we found at Kona Kai. 🙂

      Have you ever been to San Diego before?


  1. I’ll give up weekend getaways to save for trips to Europe. After living in Spain for almost 4 years, and our trips to Portugal, Italy and France, I really love traveling in Europe. The culture, the museums and the great local foods are just delightful.


      • Love your stories and determination… You are more love a traveler, you enjoy traveling and have great love for adventure. Don`t be afraid of the overseas travel, to me it is the best of all though weekend gate ways are also pretty cool.


  2. Both are great because it’s just great to get away! It’s nice to throw some things in a bag and go rather than worrying about traveling internationally and not being able to find what you need when you get there. I have a couple of short trips coming up within driving distance but I’m still anxious to get away. Everone needs a chance to relax and regroup.

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      • I have two international trips coming up and there is a lot of planning, and a lot of rewards, involved. I look forward to both of them but this was exactly what I needed this weekend. Quick and simple 🙂


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  4. The resort looks amazing! I love the decor. While you’re living in my home state, and I am living in Italy…I can say that as much as I love Italy, I still miss California with all of my heart. While I am in the land of delicious Pizza Margherita , you’re still able to enjoy awesome mexican food, some days the trade off just seems unfair…enjoy your vacay 😉


    • I love traveling and going on vacation but I’m happy to call California home again. I missed almost everything about it. 🙂

      I’m sure Italy is still as breathtaking as I remember it though. Enjoy 🙂


  5. These is so amazing, great pictures, weekend gate ways are always more interesting and enjoyable most so it all depends with the time when you really needed it the most, I do think traveling overseas is most interesting just imagine yourself in the middle of all events, warm well come, The culture, the museums the great local foods,a taste of night life,drinks,life style in another which just make you feel like you are in you exist in another world most so where other activities are involve for example world wildebeest migration in kenya Masai mara… these are just but more than delightful. .


  6. Wow! I haven’t been to Kona Kai in a while. It really looks like they have done a great job updating the place. Great idea for my next “stay cation”! Thanks! I still can’t wait to get more overseas travel in though.


  7. I love these little week-end get aways! I hope you had a wonderful time, and that my city didn’t let you down 🙂 It’s a great place to live…and visit too!


  8. I love everything about that bedroom. The wallpaper is to die for and I’m not a fan of wallpaper 😉 Of course, I’d be in the pool or by the ocean most the time (absolutely with a pina colada in one hand and keep ’em coming) but could be enticed to take a little afternoon siesta with that room. lol


  9. a weekend get away can be equally good as an overseas trip somewhere, especially when one is in need to get away BAD. but nothing beats sampling foreign food in an overseas country. it’s the reason i travel.


  10. I believe that anywhere away from one’s normal routine is a vacation – it is all in how you view it. Honestly it is change of scenery even if it is 50 miles down the road – you are still away from your norm and I would welcome that kind of vacation right about now! 🙂


  11. San Diego is a must-visit! I used to live there many centuries ago. Sounds like a new visit is in order since winter hated and abused the East Coast this season. Glad you escaped for a bit.


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