California, California, There You Go
Are you one of the casualties of the hurtin' economy? We're here to help with Laid-Off Travel, a new series on where to go when you don't have somewhere to go from 9 to 5.
All is not valuable in the Golden State: Cash-strapped California may shed 20,000 jobs if the budget cannot balance, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced yesterday. Of course, we would never advocate taking a vacation with your supervisor watching, but if you've already requested the time off -- or you know your fate already -- prove your fiscal responsibility with a frugal getaway:
Tan: Get far away from the looming Capitol Building in Sacramento and the way it mocks you with its opulence. We're thinking San Juan, Puerto Rico -- a quick LastMinute.com search found a $551 per-person flight and hotel package from Sacramento. It leaves Feb. 28, so you have plenty of time to pack.
Tone: It's still nowhere near cheap, but Tucson uberspa Canyon Ranch will give you a credit for your flight (up to $350) if you stay 4 nights, eating their perfectly healthy food and hiking the hills.
Tense: While 82 percent of those affected by layoffs so far this cycle nationwide are men, state governments by and large are disproportionately female. But even male jobhunters can appreciate a decent massage at San Francisco's Nob Hill Spa (1075 California St. at the Huntington Hotel) which has a spate of details, from "Romance and Relaxation" packages (which include a couples' 50-minute massage on check-in) to a 25 percent discount on all treatments taken Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to noon. Hey, you can't do that at your desk!