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Let’s make every day an adventure. And we’re going to start with staycations.
We hear that word thrown around quite a lot. I actually didn’t even understand what that was. But obviously, during Covid, all of a sudden we got a pretty good idea of what a vacation is, especially when you were going crazy being locked up in Guatemala. We definitely were on a massive lockdown.
I don’t know how other parts of the world where everybody was different, but we had almost three or four months that we had curfews. I mean, it was actually kind of fun. In the beginning, it was a great adventure. But then they started to close up the departamentos, which are like boroughs or counties. We weren’t allowed to even leave our county, and our airport was closed for over eight months.
So there was definitely no international travel whatsoever. So the second day opened up these inner country lockdowns, we were able to go into different departmentos. We decided to go on a staycation. So we personally live in Antigua, and Guatemala City is the main capital. And from our home, it’s about one hour’s drive.
And it’s quite different, right? Like, where we live is this colonial little colonial town. The entire town of Antigua is literally ten blocks squared, but it’s really beautiful and whatnot, but you need to get out once in a while. So Guatemala City is about an hour away. It’s the capital.
Staycation in Guatemala City
It’s not the prettiest thing, but it’s still a city. So there are a lot of cool things to do. So there’s this one little area called Quatro Grade, and it’s this tiny little area where they have these really modern buildings and really hip restaurants, and it’s a really cool street to walk on. So I found a really cool Airbnb right in the heart of this place. And it was in this big, tall building.
So we were on the 15th floor overlooking the entire city. And it was just so fun. It was me, my husband, and our youngest son, because our oldest son actually went out with his buddies in the city that same weekend. So he didn’t stay with us, but he had his own fun staycation in Guatemala City as well. But that’s a whole other topic.
So me and my husband and our youngest son, I ended up just really having a blast. Our Airbnb was right in the heart of everything, so we didn’t have to have a car for anything, which in Guatemala City to get from one area to another, you do need a car. But we literally parked it. It was a two night, three-day stay, and we did not see it from the minute we parked it to the minute we had to leave. So we were able to walk to all the cool little restaurants, and there were pizza places and bakeries it was just the idea of going out and having this cool staycation just to be able to walk around and explore a new area that we don’t have back where we live very Metropolitan and there’s this really cool diner that resembles a 50s place and I actually believe it was from the 50s, like your typical team 50s USA style diner that has the best milkshakes in all of Guatemala city.
So we ended up going there and my husband used to tell me that that’s where he grew up, literally going with his parents when he was younger. So it’s kind of a nostalgic thing as well. And the area Cuatro Grado de Norte itself is like three or four blocks of restaurants and galleries and outdoor bars and cafes and it was just lovely walking around and we also brought our doggie with us. It was pet friendly, it was kid-friendly, it was adult-friendly and it was just what our souls needed. Something different, something totally new even though it wasn’t that new.
So I don’t know, have you guys ever explored a staycation idea? You don’t even have to go far. You could do it in your own town but maybe in an area that you normally wouldn’t visit so go check it out. Make every day an adventure. It doesn’t have to be far and wide. It could be right there at your fingertips and if you don’t have enough ideas I have lots of ideas for you completely for free.
Go on my website travelexperta.com travelexpertwithina.com and I have a really cool document of 365 make every day an adventure list so go have fun and if you enjoyed this episode please leave me a review and share it with your friends or somebody that needs to be inspired to go and have some fun.