Working long hours? Feeling a little burnt out? It’s probably time to think about a vacation. After all you do to care for others, it’s important to also create time to care for yourself and experience that work-life balance everyone talks about. Of course, self-care doesn’t look the same for everyone. While some people feel recharged after a long, relaxing day at the spa, others crave adventure or intellectual stimulation. Whatever your definition of R&R includes, we’ve got a destination for you in our list of the 10 best vacation spots for doctors.
For the doctor who yearns for peaceful mountain quiet:
Thanks to the forethought of American visionaries, we’re able to enjoy the most beautiful natural wonders in the world in our National Parks. Some of the best mountain retreats in the world can be found on the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Great Smokey Mountains. A retreat near Asheville, North Carolina will offer you and your family all the comforts of a moderately-sized city while still tucked in away in a mountain paradise.
For the foodie doctor:
If you enjoy the finer things in life, the Santa Ynez wine country is for you. Enjoy the flavors of dozens of wineries less than an hour away from the beauty of Santa Barbara. The quaint town of Solvang will transport you to Copenhagen with traditional Danish food and architecture.
For the thrill-seeking doctor:
Is Costa Rica calling your name? Extreme zip-lining, white-water rafting and hiking the side of an active volcano are only some of the adventures that await you in this wild region of Central America. These heart-stopping thrills are sure to take your mind off the stresses of work.
For the doctor who loves to learn:
Perhaps it’s time to continue your education on something other than medicine. Washington D.C. will stimulate your brain cells with its endless collection of monuments, federal building tours and the illustrious (and free!) Smithsonian museum.
For the doctor with traditional tastes:
If you like golf, spas and breath-taking views, Sedona, AZ has got your number. This vacation town has a variety of resorts to choose from with A+ golf courses and fine dining. Sedona is also famous for its vortexes, which are favorite meditation spots for those seeking a little nirvana.
For the doctor who craves family time:
Hit the open road! The US has many iconic drives, but perhaps none more beautiful than Route 1 along the California coast (also known as Pacific Coast Highway). With stop-offs in surf cities, historic missions along El Camino Real and picture spots from steep cliffs, your family will remember this road trip for a lifetime.
For the doctor whose home is on the high seas:
While most cruises promise “fun in the sun,” an Alaskan cruise is truly a unique experience. From whale watching, panning for gold, dog-sledding and even trekking through a rainforest, an Alaskan cruise can offer you all the adventure while still enjoying the luxury cruise life.
For the doctor who loves the big city:
The beach, baseball games, theater, concerts in the park, museums, world-famous local eats, shopping, public transportation and the fast-paced city life – Chicago has it all! The bustling metropolis and mid-western values is a winning combination for vacationers.
For the athletic doctor:
Test your limits in the out-of-this-world landscape of Moab, UT! Whitewater raft down the Colorado River or go on a mountain bike tour through red rock trails. In a state that captures the spirit of the Wild West, you are sure to find plenty of activities to keep you fit!
Have we inspired your next getaway? Tell us about your upcoming holiday in the comments!