Please upgrade your browser for the best Refinery29 experience. Read more.

Travel Diary: How A City Girl Finds Solace In The Arizona Desert

  1. Begin Slideshow
    arizonaop

    70

    SHARES

    1 comments
    See All Slides

    Early mornings. Tight deadlines. Drinks with friends. Late nights. If I were a rapper, I'd be waxing poetic about living in the fast lane (not stuck behind slow-pokes on the sidewalks), fast cars (erm, taxis), and fast money (the manner in which it leaves my wallet...very slowly to return). I imagine that's the life of many 20- and 30-somethings living in big cities, and most of us wouldn't trade it for the world. NYC, in particular, can make anyone feel special; it's a place that belongs to the workhorses, creatives, and creatures of the night. But even with all its magic, this city can also wear you down to a nub.

    Once in awhile, especially during these awfully cold months, a city dweller just needs to re-energize and escape to a calm, quiet place. So, when our friends at Subaru invited us to test-drive a new car in the Arizona desert, I was packed and on a plane faster than you can say prickly pear margarita.

    And surprisingly, the trip wasn't just about torque, fuel emission, and circular cup holders. In just three days, this editor learned how to stop checking her phone, quiet her mind, think introspectively, and release some pent-up agression — using just a few spa treatments, a horse named Hartwin, and the breathtaking beauty of what Mother Nature gave us.

    Click ahead to experience the humbling powers of the desert — and get in on a few unusual treatments you can use to zen out wherever you live.

    Begin Slideshow

MORE SLIDESHOWS

New York

How To Drink Like An Adult

Adult life is full of things we are never taught how to do. At least with some of it — filing taxes, buying a house, losing those last 10 pounds — there are a few courses you can take. But, when it comes to the drinking life, we are left to good old trial and error. And, a lot of it ends up in the latter. Many are read