4 Cities You Should Visit When You’re In Need of Self-Care

People often have different reasons to visit different places, and every person’s list of the best places to go varies widely. But we’re always interested in hearing what other people have on their lists because we may find a place that sounds interesting enough to add to ours. So when Katherine Williams reached out with a blog post idea talking about cities to visit that, in her opinion, are the 4 best for self-care, we said we’d be happy to share it.

Keep on trekin’ — maybe to one of the cities below that you hadn’t thought about before — and we’ll see you out there! ~Ari & Jessi

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Enjoying a Pure Michigan sunset over Petoskey
is one way to find relaxation.

Guest Post by Katherine Williams of whenthebabysleeps.com

Traveling is the best way to feed the soul and jump-start staggering motivation. Whether you want to take a long trek around the country or just a quick getaway weekend, there are plenty of places to accommodate your personal refuel preferences. Consider these four cities for your next self-care trip.

1. Houston, Texas

Houston is a great place to visit if you love great weather, niche local shopping, and good coffee. Sports lovers can take in an Astros game. Look for discounted tickets to watch the Houston Astros through an online ticket seller with a virtual seating chart that allows you to see a 360-degree view from your seat online. Start by filtering the search using date, rating, and price.

Shopping enthusiasts can spend the day at Highland Village, where you’ll find all the shopping and entertainment you could possibly need. If you fall in love and decide to stay, keep in mind that Houston has warm weather most of the year and a low cost of living.

2. Palm Springs, California

Palms Springs is a dry desert climate with no shortage of celebrities and top-tier spa services. You can take the aerial tramway up the mountains for a beautiful view or visit the Desert Zoo and Gardens. If you love a music festival, Palm Springs hosts Coachella every year. 

If you fall in love with the area, it’s really best suited for vacation homes. However, the average cost of a home is well into the millions. The flood of celebrity vacationers makes the real estate market in Palm Springs highly competitive. Additionally, purchasing a vacation home typically comes with a large down payment, as much as 20%, but if your heart is set, you could take out a second mortgage on your home.

3. Vail, Colorado

Do you enjoy mountains, skiing, and a lively art scene? Vail can offer all of those things and more. You can visit one of the many local farmers’ markets and take in an art show at the same time. Ride a gondola up the scenic side of a mountain and visit the Swiss-style village of Vail Valley. There are plenty of camping options for outdoor enthusiasts and hiking trails with breath-taking scenery.

If you’re thinking about making a permanent move, consider a beautiful cabin in the valley where you’ll get the full experience of a small town. The cost of living in Vail settles around the national average for a single person, and it’s consistently labeled one of the best places to live in Colorado.

4. Salem, Massachusetts

If you love Halloween, history, and spooky tours year-round, Salem is the perfect place for you to unwind. Visit the famous House of the Seven Gables and Old Burying Point Cemetery. You can visit the graves and sites of the Salem Witch Trials and buy kitschy souvenirs to commemorate the trip. 

If you’re curious about starting a life in Salem, speak with a local realtor about a piece of real estate near the water. Be prepared to pay a hefty price, but it’s worth it. Boston is just a quick ferry ride away.

As your trip plans potentially turn into moving plans, remember to stop and be grateful for the opportunity to start over. Research shows that if you keep a positive attitude, you carry that into your regular routine. Just keep in mind that life is short, so take all the reset trips you want.

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