Have you ever heard of a staycation?
A staycation is a vacation with the intention of you getting away but not going nowhere at all.
For my KayyDayy , I’ve done brunches , dinners , parties , shows , trips , and more . This year , I wanted to do a staycation.
Everyone has their own definitions and idea of what a staycation is .
My idea of a staycation was simply booking a nearby hotel and doing what I wanted.
Whether that’s to turn up the music and dance , read a good book , or cry , that’s my idea.
I honestly just wanted to light some candles , play some R&B music and take a bubble bath.
WITH MY PHONE ON DO NOT DISTURB !
Choosing A Hotel
Planning a staycation is so much easier and more affordable.
I knew I wanted a hotel with a bathtub . This was my number one priority besides cleanliness of course.
I wanted to spend less than $300 on the hotel.
I looked around for a few weeks , reading reviews and narrowing down my list.
I finally chose Millennium Premier Times Square.
I used Booking.com to reserve a room for only $233 ! The price included free breakfast.
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I only needed two nights for my staycation but you can choose how many nights you need .
I opted for the executive queen room but they have smaller rooms .
It was kind of weird not getting ready to go to the airport. I usually can’t sleep the night before and I’m anxious that I’m forgetting something.
However , I slept like a baby . It started as a normal morning . I was already packed up and check in time wasn’t until four.
I ran a few errands and just chilled until it was time to go.
Then around 3 , I left my house . As I was dragging my suitcase to the train station , I realized I forgot my speaker but I didn’t turn back .
About a 45 minute ride later and I was at the hotel .
Check in process took less than 10 minutes and a short elevator ride up , I was in my room .
With a quick disinfecting of the room and a quick change , I was out of the door.
Indoor dining just reopened in New York so I decided to go to Bubba Gump . Table for one please . It was a 30 min wait so I decided to walk around . I chose to have a cartoon portrait of myself drawn and just sightsee. I haven’t been to Times Square in a year or so , so I really felt like a tourist.
After 30 minutes or so , I headed to Bubba Gump. It was almost empty . I loved the decor . It’s based off the movie “Forest Gump” . Honestly, I haven’t watched the full movie , I only caught the ending .
I haven’t dined alone in a while but I didn’t feel weird or anything . The waiters paid extra attention to me. I wanted to do an advice video on dining alone but it was a bit loud.
However , dining alone is how I accustomed myself to traveling alone . More tips on solo travel in the blog post HERE .
ITS MY KAYYDAYY!
Waking up in a hotel made the day even more special .
I went downstairs for the free breakfast but barely ate it .
The breakfast was to – go bags consisting of apple , yogurt , granola bar , cereal , and juice . I went outside for some real food.
I dressed in my birthday outfit . I decided on a red two piece and a red fur-lined robe with my crown to match.
I had a photoshoot pretty much all day long .
I actually don’t like drinking on my actual birthday , I try my best to avoid it. So I didn’t have any liquor besides the drink I had at Bubba Gump.
I was in complete peace this year . There was no overwhelming myself with plans , no disappointments of people flopping , no negativity, and no weird vibes.
I encourage everyone to have a self love birthday .
People often confuse lonely and alone . Just because you’re alone , don’t mean you’re lonely. Also just because you’re lonely , don’t mean you’re alone.
Being alone just means you can choose how you spend your time without any commentary from others about your choices.
Your joy might look a little different than others and that’s okay but don’t let nobody take your joy away.
Even if you’ve lived somewhere forever and think you’ve done everything , I bet you haven’t. There’s so much of New York I still haven’t explored and I’m going to explore it little by little.
Hotel – $233
* Please be aware of refundable $150+ security deposit .
Food / Drinks – $60
Train – $5.50
Cartoon Portrait – $20
Tip – $10
* I was treated to dinner by my friend , he sent me money so I saved some .
Total : $328.50
Overall , I rate the Millennium Premier an 8/10. Let’s start with the cons. It was good for a quick stay however it was cold . I kept turning up the thermostat but it didn’t seem to help for too long . I know we are in a panoramic but I would prefer maybe bagels or something more solid for breakfast . It was a little confusion to the hotel location because their sister hotel is right next door. However , there is a corridor that connects the two if you enter the wrong one. I knew there was a security deposit but wanted to pay cash , however I was informed it would be more.
Now time for what I liked . The check in was less than 10 minutes . There was enough space for two people . The room was clean and neat and everything had its place . The key card accessed the elevator which is a good safety precaution. There was also an extra door lock / blocker that helped me sleep a lot better at night . There’s two bottles of water for free in the room. I put my do not disturb sign on the door but I could hear cleaning staff in the morning . It was only a block up from Times Square . I received my security deposit back in two days .
1. If you don’t need any cleaning , put the “do not disturb” sign on your door.
2. Budget out how much you’ll need . You’ll probably only need money for food , shopping , or any small outings.
3. Don’t think about work , school , your family , anything stressful , this is your time to fully relax.
4. Do you , do what you truly enjoy .
5. Feel free to put your phone on do not disturb.
Check out my YouTube !
I started a YouTube for the new year . I have my staycation vlog up now . Check it out !