Daycation, All I Ever Wanted (Plus a SOYJOY Daycation Giveaway!)


Credit: Kristen Seymour

I’m a planner. As much as I love to travel (and oh, I love to travel), I take almost as much pleasure in planning the details of the trip as I do in taking the trip itself. I’m not even a little embarrassed to admit that, for my last major vacation, I had not one but two (yes, two) color-coded spreadsheets, one to pick which cruise we’d take (based on the number of islands we’d see, length of trip and cost) and one to choose which excursions we’d take on each island. You can get in a lot of really fun, challenging physical activities if you plan it right, you know!

But, there’s a bit of a problem. I tend to go big or go home, so, unless I have, say, a week off, I don’t jump into Super Planner mode, so I rarely plan really exciting day trips. Unless I have an excuse, that is.

SOYJOY recently gave me a good excuse—they provided me with a Daycation kit (and you’ll have a chance to win your own at the bottom) with the idea of planning an exciting one-day getaway. The kit included a digital camera, a $50 AmEx Gift Card, sunblock, two sunglasses, a copy of Lonely Planet’s USA Guide, two books filled with games and questions (perfect for a road trip!), a no-ice-required cooler bag, a SOYJOY Backpack, two SOYJOY t-shirts, two reusable water bottles and, of course, SOYJOY bars.

Now, in July in North Central Florida, it’s hot. Like, really, really hot, every single day. So, while I love hiking and camping and such (and I couldn’t be more jealous of Jenn’s backpacking vacay!), a mid-summer adventure around here is going to have to revolve around water. So, I gathered a group of friends to go kayaking down the Santa Fe River, a trip that goes by a number of beautiful freshwater springs.

We packed healthy lunches of subs, wraps, watermelon and, well, okay, a cooler of beer, if I’m being truthful—it was light beer, at least—and set off down river. We alternated between racing to catch each other and letting the river carry us along. The low water level made paddling back into some of the springs a challenge, but hopping out of our boats to swim in the springs, which are 72 degrees all year round, was entirely worth the extra effort.

Planning a day trip like that might’ve taken a little extra effort, but for a fairly small amount of money (just the kayak rental and our picnic lunches), I got a one-day vacay that left me exhausted, smiling and filled with fantastic memories.

Now, are you ready to plan your daycation? One lucky FBG reader will win all the goodies I mentioned above. Comment below with what your perfect daycation would include, and we’ll pick one lucky U.S. reader to win in about a week. The winner will be notified via email, so get to commenting and sharing those ideal daycation plans! —Kristen

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  1. Janet says:

    My perfect daycation would be to go for a hike on one of the beautiful trails by the beach, then yoga, and finally a nice lunch at an outdoor cafe!!

  2. My daycation would be a morning hike with my fiancé and my dog, followed by lunch at one of our favorite local Mexican restaurants (this may/may not include margaritas). Then, I would curl up on the couch and pick something out of our Netflix queue to watch.

  3. Aubreylaine says:

    My perfect daycation would be to have a picnic by the river and spend the rest of the day at the pool and end the night watching a movie 🙂
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  4. Stephanie says:

    My daycation would be a trip up the highway to our local minor league ballpark! I’d take in a game, and on the way back home stop at our local wine country to do a little wine tasting.

  5. Deborah says:

    oh, I would probably head over to one of the same cool springs that you were talking about. Heat is BRUTAL right now. cool water would be awesome.

  6. Ivori says:

    On my Daycation I would take the family to the 416 acres of Cameron Park !
    We would hike along the limestone cliffs, visit Jacob’s Ladder, have a Texas Ranger take us on a trek, visit Miss Nellie’s Pretty Place, THEN, enjoy our SoyJoy bars at a picnic in a riverside pavilion.
    After we eat, we’ll play in the Spray Park 😉

  7. Nancy says:

    My perfect daycation would include a trip to the Edison House in Ft. Meyers and a visit to Sanibel Island for shelling. My husband and I would share a delightful and healthy picnic lunch and enjoy each other’s company.

  8. lisaf_mk says:

    This sounds like a dream. Since my husband has been unemployed for nearly 2 years, so daycations have been what we do. This sounds like a great way to add a littel spark to a daycation. Love it.

  9. donnikah says:

    I too would love to spend the day kayaking the rivers and streams of Fl. then jumping into the cool spring waters for a refreshing swim then enjoying a picnic supper under the shade of a giant oak tree. This of course would be after my morning yoga class. What a perfect day!

  10. Celina says:

    I <3 daycations!!! I'd plan for an awesome hike up Malibu and take a little back up full of snacks for the picnic (which mind would serve double purpose as resistance for our hike). Then, we would have an awesome little picnic with a view of the ocean (camera ready) and then we would read our magazine. I would also plan to go walk around the Santa Monica promonade to spend the $50 AmEx Gift Card. The menu:
    *Subway (5$) footlongs cut in 3 pieces instead of two
    *Strawberries and cherries
    *Spritzers (Chardonnay with a splash of sprite)

  11. alh1203 says:

    Heading out on the boat, swimming in the water, playing with the fish and walking on the beach – sounds like a great day to me!

  12. Mami2jcn says:

    I have 3 kids and no babysitter so my perfect daycation would be a day in bed with hubby! We would eat in bed, watch TV in bed, just stay in bed all day long.

  13. My perfect daycation would be making the drive to Devils Lake Wisconsin, doing a hike up the bluffs and back down to swim and then kayak the rest of the day away, cooler could stay in the truck and we could do lunch before heading out on the water with the kayaks….i soooo am doing this with or without you 😉


    1. Jenn says:


      You win!!! Email us at contact@fitbottomedgirls.com with your mailing address, and we’ll get your winnings in the mail!

      –FBG Jenn

  14. bettie hilliker says:

    I love to go to the sand dunes on Lake Michigan. It’s a heck of a workout, the view is amazing and the kids can swim in the lake!

  15. Myrna says:

    My ideal daycation would be to drive to Big Sur and hike throughout the region, stopping at Post Ranch Inn for lunch — what a view– and then take a couple of yoga classes next to the ocean before dinnertime and wine at a local restaurant. Yea!

  16. Leslie says:

    I would LOVE to learn to paddle board on a lake somewhere. I live in the CA desert so we only “sand surf”. But really, I’d love to picnic at Bear Bear Lake, sightsee in the village,and do some Kayaking, anything with water involved.

  17. Michelle H says:

    I would go play in one of the mountain towns nearby!

  18. courtney says:

    Well, since I live in Colorful Colorado, I’d probably have to head up to the mountains and finally try white water rafting! Woohoo!!

  19. Erin says:

    A couple of my favorite daycations include spending the day at the San Diego Wild Animal Park and going wine-tasting in Sonoma (when I’m up in Norcal visiting family).

  20. Robin says:

    I would head to the lake for a day of boating and relaxing.

  21. Avigail Barel says:

    I would go rafting in Asheville, North Carolina or finally go see Amicalola Falls, which is near the southern terminus of the Appalachian trail.

  22. April says:

    I love daycations! I’ve really been into hiking lately, but the heat is killing that today. SO! a good daycation right now would be to go to one of the local lakes, rent a paddle boat and paddle around while looking at wildlife. of course, this would be followed with a swim in the lake!

  23. Jenna Z says:

    We just took a wonderful daycation to Springfield IL! We saw Lincoln’s home, the Presidential museum, a re-enactment of a civil war field hospital, an early american dancing troup, ate at a wonderful locally-owned cafe and shopped the downtown area! When we go on a day trip, I like to truly experience the local area, not just go to one or two hot spots that tourists see.

  24. Claire says:

    A picnic beachside with the family would be my ultimate daycation!!

  25. Debbie says:

    It has been years since I’ve been on a good, old-fashioned picnic, so that would be on the agenda. I love to hike but living in a smoggy LA city, I would drive to the next county (closer to the ocean) and meet up with my friend for a hike and picnic. We both used to hike together when we lived in Colorado but sadly got busy with life. Sounds simple, inexpensive and totally doable and fun for the day!

  26. wendy sue says:

    my daycation would include a day full of hiking in shenendoah national park, it’s got to be cooler up in the mountains!

  27. Meredith H. says:

    My boyfriend and I go on daycations all the time (although we usually call them adventures). I think a great one would be bringing along a few friends, rock climbing at a great spot we’ve been to a couple of times, swimming in the stream nearby, and enjoying a great late lunch picnic in the woods.

  28. Jennifer Marie says:

    I think the perfect daycation would include myself, my husband, and my two boys. We would travel to a local zoo and waterpark. We would pack a picnic lunch and spend the entire day together (without working!!!)

  29. Linda Kish says:

    A great daycation would be a trip to Julian for a nice hike.

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  30. mar g says:

    perfection daycation would be to stay on lake lure to be able to hike Chimney Rock North Carolina.

  31. Natalia says:

    I would definitely start out my daycation with some morning exercise, then some pampering, which would certainly include a nice lunch out! All in the company of my mother, because we can always have a good time and I know she could use a break 🙂

  32. I would love to drive out to the lake with my daughter (15 months old) and my husband for the day. Go swimming, play in the sand and have a big picnic. 🙂

  33. Crystal says:

    Exercise, massage, facial and a wonderful organic dinner.

  34. Judy S says:

    I would enjoy a trip to the country with a picnic on a small farmland.

  35. Melissa W. says:

    My perfect daycation would be hiking/biking in the morning, fueling up at a Mexican cantina for lunch, strolling through the art museum for the afternoon and then getting some drinks and watching a show.

  36. Becky says:

    Go to a lake and rent a boat or paddleboat.

  37. Nicole says:

    My daycation would be a hike with a picnic:)

  38. Briel says:

    Ahhh! Daycations…I love them! I usually go to the beach for this since it is only about 2hours away and such a great daycation destination. The Gold’s Gym right off the beach does a free boot camp workout open to everyone. So my ideal daycation would be going to the beach, doing the boot camp, boogey boarding in the water, playing a little volleyball, football, frisbee and paddle ball in the sand, and more boogey boarding. Then I would take a nap on the beach, eat lunch on the beach and cycle through the other activities until dark, after which I head to the boardwalk. A great, rejuvenating Saturday “daycation” leaving me feeling refreshed, strong, and healthy! Ahhh!

  39. Michelle says:

    My perfect daycation would start after a good night’s sleep and include cycling on a paved trail, hiking in the mountains, and swimming and surfing in the ocean followed by a campfire on the beach at night!

  40. Dorothy says:

    My perfect daycation would be an expense-paid trip to the spa followed by spending time in the park with my family.

  41. Elizabeth says:

    My daycation woul include horseback trail riding and a picnoc by a atream.

  42. Margaret Kozich says:

    Wow! I felt like I was reading my own thoughts in this blog entry because I also relish in the planning details of a trip. I would love a plan a paddleboarding daycation with a couple of my friends. I’ve never been paddleboarding but I, along with my friends, have been wanting to try this new and popular sport. We love being adventurous!

  43. Suzanne says:

    My 40th is just around the corner! I have been planning my Birthdaycation- a day to celebrate not just me, but all of the women who are in my life- a big party with great ladies! The day would begin with yoga for all, then Nia, then kayaking/ canoeing through the Canandaigua Lake Watershed, then horseback riding, then a potluck dinner and a ceremony of friendship. The daycation would end with us honoring our womanhood by belly dancing! 🙂

    Perfect! 🙂

  44. Lorraine says:

    My perfect day-cation would be my husband and I kayaking the Niangua River and trout fishing. This would be followed by an evening barbecue of the fish we caught, and lastly, night-swimming. Oh how I would love to go night-swimming!

  45. Kenneice says:

    My perfect daycation would be dropping my 5 year old off at summer preschool and then heading to the beach to spend the day under the sun, reading, eating a little, and listening to the waves in the ocean.

  46. Terra says:

    Being in Michigan I think the perfect daycation would be to pack up and head to one of the Great Lakes for the day. The West side of the state has beautiful lakes and beaches and so much going on. My job makes it really difficult to take time off, so a day might be all I have to get away. I may plan my daycation anyway. I’ve been inspired.

  47. BC says:

    I’m in SoCal so I feel like my perfect daycation options are endless! This summer it’s all about the beach for me so I’d say the perfect day starts in Laguna Beach at 1000 Steps and is followed by breakfast/ coffee at a nearby bakery. After showering a trekk over to The Block at Orange is in order for lunch and games at Dave & Buster’s. The late afternoon will include a short siesta (after all it’s daycation day) then a bike ride to downtown Huntington Beach for the last glimpse of the sunset, dinner and maybe even a little dancing. PERFECT DAY! 🙂

  48. Amy D says:

    Any day off work at this point would be a Daycation 🙂 But ultimately the BEST possible vacation would be me and the pups going to a dog friendly hotel and watching trashy TV in a giant comfy hotel bed (we don’t have cable) while someone cleans my house!!

  49. Kerra G. says:

    My perfect daycation would be a trip with my husband to scenic Newport, Rhode Island to tackle the Cliff Walk. This beautiful hike allows you to walk along the shore of the ocean and is one of the most beautiful places imaginable. There are several stops along the way to simply take in the breathtaking view. This offers great opportunities to pack a picnic and cherish the moment!

  50. My perfect daycation would include a trip to a spa for pampering and Yoga, with healthy treats…..