We had the good fortune of connecting with Celeste + Anisha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Celeste + Anisha, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We were friends before launching A Day Away together! Celeste created her Instagram account @seldomlystill to share her favorite spots in San Diego and support local businesses. Anisha is a small business owner of Powerhaus Wholesome Pizza & Eats in Pacific Beach. Celeste and Anisha both enjoy traveling and love planning trips. Celeste creates an itinerary for all her trips and restaurant reservations weeks in advance! Anisha loves traveling, but with running a restaurant, she doesn’t have the flexibility for long vacations.
The vision behind A Day Away was inspired by Celeste and Anisha’s shared love of exceptional and memorable experiences without an elaborate or expensive vacation. We really enjoy scouting Google Maps, Instagram, and physically driving around places to find gems that are otherwise overlooked. The planning for our A Day Away trips plays to our strengths and interests, while we know many of our guests are looking for an itinerary with minimal stress and planning!
We launched A Day Away in late summer 2021. We bring a unique take on traditional travel and incorporate an element of surprise. Our guests are both locals and visitors who are looking to shake up their typical routine and see more of what San Diego and Orange County have to offer!
What should our readers know about your business?
We create customized itineraries accommodating our guests’ preferences, including interests, pet-friendliness, and mileage. We then mail an Instagram-worthy package with a scratch-off map and a series of envelopes with several surprise destinations for our guest’s road trip. With strong demand in San Diego, we’re already looking to expand to LA and Palm Springs! As a new business, we are still learning and growing through temporary setbacks – like mail being lost or sporadic changes in the opening hours of some of our local partners. Luckily, these are minor inconveniences and we’re working through these as our business increases in popularity.
We love that we can plan an exciting day for people who don’t normally venture out to other communities or don’t want to take the time to plan out several stops on their own. Even our seasoned adventurers who have thoroughly explored San Diego or Orange County before A Day Away have discovered new spots while on our trips, which have made us extra proud.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A Day Away is absolutely perfect for your visitors! Some of our favorite communities to explore are Point Loma, Encinitas, San Clemente, and Temecula. We don’t want to give our surprise destinations away, but when putting our trips together we love gardens, wineries, viewpoints, art, and a good restaurant choice. With so many gems in Southern California, A Day Away conveniently curates the perfect trip for you.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We would love to shoutout our friends and family who were some of the first to take a Day Away and helped us build our services with much needed feedback!
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