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6 Ways to Get Ready for National Plan for Vacation Day

Posted on January 20, 2021 | 11:49am | Travel Costa Mesa

6 Ways to Get Ready for National Plan for Vacation Day

You’re probably already thinking about your travel plans post-COVID. Travel Costa Mesa is excited to announce it is supporting National Plan for Vacation Day (NPVD), the annual day for Americans to plan their vacation for the entire year at the start of the year, on January 26. 

Though most of us are not ready or able to take a trip just yet, there is a wealth of information that says simply planning a vacation can increase happiness. In fact, 97% of survey respondents say having a trip planned makes them happier—and that’s exactly what we will encourage you to do this year. Here are some ideas to plan your next trip to Costa Mesa.

Learn about the area

Costa Mesa has 6 distinct neighborhoods, including the famous South Coast Metro area that is home to Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Plaza. Looking for a beach vibe? Eastside Costa Mesa is definitely for you, with easy access to local beaches as well as shopping and dining on 17th Street. 

Check for deals

You can find great hotel deals year round here. Check our website regularly for seasonal promotions, when leisure travel is permitted. You can also find out what Costa Mesa hotels are doing to keep guests safe during your stay.

Take an Eatcation®

Costa Mesa is home to some of Orange County’s best dining, so it’s a great destination for foodies. Read up on the latest food accolades and visit our Eatcation® page to plan your must visit restaurants.

Enjoy a unique shopping experience

Visit the largest shopping destination on the west coast, South Coast Plaza, for designer boutiques, department stores and world-class dining. If you prefer to shop small, visit local favorites The LAB, The CAMP and SOCO & The OC Mix for an eclectic range of shops and award-winning restaurants.

Explore the City of the Arts®

As the City of the Arts®, there are plenty of options to enjoy. Take our free Costa Mesa Art Walk audio tour or snap a photo in front of one of the city’s many murals and street art. In the fall of 2021, Segerstrom Center for the Arts reopens and the new Orange County Museum of Art location will open in early 2022. Visit our calendar page for the latest events.

TIP: add the Costa Mesa Art Walk Audio Tour to your home screen for easy access.

Get outdoors

Whether you want to go on a hike at a park or spend the day at the beach, Costa Mesa’s convenient location makes an outdoor adventure easy to plan.

Travel Costa Mesa encourages you to continue to adhere to healthy travel practices—whether planning a vacation in the short term or for later this year. U.S. Travel Association’s Travel Confidently toolkit for resources and guidance to encourage safe and healthy travel, which includes wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, maintaining physical distance when possible and staying home if feeling sick. 

This year’s NPVD is taking place amid challenging times, but we can still look forward to—and plan for—brighter days. On January 26, use the hashtags #PlanForVacation and #TravelCostaMesa to tell us your vacation plans.