It’s that ugly word no one likes to take ownership of. It can conjure up irrational feelings of jealousy, delusions, and paranoia. Anxiety can show up unannounced and uninvited. And while there are many ways to soothe your chest of the pain and settle your heart’s frantic beating, does the anxiety ever really go away? That is the frame of mind I was in last week. I was feeling a little less than inspired and bogged down in anxious thoughts.
Do you ever feel weighed down by your day-to-day responsibilities, worries, and fears?
Sometimes, I blame Miami for my frenetic thoughts. The truth is, it’s not her, it’s me. It’s my pace that is too frenetic. So, for a change, I decided to slow it down right here, in the center of Miami. Hoping to defy monotony and beat anxiety, I planned a short romantic staycation on Miami’s Biscayne Bay.
Keep in mind, my favorite type of travel is the rustic-live-like-locals adventure and I wanted to recreate the feeling we felt the morning after we rented hammocks in Parque Tayrona, Santa Marta. So, after filtering my search on AirBnb, I booked a sailboat that was docked on a quiet marina just 20 minutes south of where we live. The space was small enough to feel cozy without feeling confined. And the location could not have been more perfect for a Miami girl.
The best part about staycationing is you already know all the best places to eat in your city. We took a box of our very favorite donuts from The Salty Donut to ensure a taste of “home” for breakfast. The second best thing about staycations is discovering new places to dine. Tony Chan’s Water Club has the merit of being one of the ten best dim-sum restaurants in Miami and boasts of bay views and it did not disappoint.
We were fortunate enough that the boat was docked within steps of a live theater, great restaurants with salsa dancing, and the marina has Jet Ski rentals and sightseeing cruises. Late at night, when the city put on its own light show, we sipped on champagne while listening to 90s alternative love songs. Every so often, fish rose above the water ever so dramatically so as to casually remind me that I was a guest in their space and not vice versa.
My favorite entertainment though, was free and readily available. I was satisfied with just contemplating nature’s views. Is there anything more entertaining than waking up with the sun and watching as the sky puts on a show? I think I sat in complete awe of the immensity of the ocean in comparison to the minuteness of my worries. On the last morning of our staycation, I woke up before all of Miami did. I watched as a tiny speck of light rose above Biscayne Bay and gradually lit the entire city. Meanwhile, a dolphin comes within an arm’s reach to say hi and I felt actual butterflies in my stomach. Inspired, and without a sliver of anxiety or fear, I was serene and ready to return home. It was an ephemeral moment, but the memory will last a lifetime.