Lifestyle blogger Jennifer Kish, 30, says she is taking it one step further by using a free spa for her annual visit to California’s Santa Cruz Mountains.
Kish is the owner of The Spa Spa Project, which offers spa services, including hair care and massage, for $40.
The cost includes a complimentary massage, a complimentary shampoo, and an optional facial.
“We’ve been going for five years now,” Kish said.
“It’s a great way to spend a weekend.”
She says she’s been able to get a spa in her area for free since last year because of the high demand.
“I know people who can’t even get into hotels, so I can get them into a place for free,” she said.
While the price for the services is a bit steep, Kish says she enjoys the chance to get to know people.
“In addition to having a great spa experience, you get to meet so many other people who also enjoy spa experiences,” she added.
Kisha says the spa program has worked well for her.
“Since I’ve been there for a year and a half, I’ve had my clients come and talk to me,” she says.
“That’s what I love about it.”
Kish also has a free online community where she meets other people like herself and others with similar interests.
“The community of people who go to these facilities is really, really fun,” she explained.
“There’s a lot of interesting people.”
Kishes’ blog has received more than 5,000 page views and more than 30,000 views as of this writing.
For Kish and her husband, Ryan, the benefits of being able to give back to the community outweigh the cost of a spa.
“Our goal is to provide as many people as we can to this community, and that’s the most rewarding part of it,” Ryan Kish explained.
The couple, who own a small business, are passionate about giving back to their community.
“As a person who has a lot to offer, it’s been great to see how many people have come together to do so,” Ryan said.
The Kishs have also been able for the most part to focus on their other passions, such as cooking, and their own personal health.
“Every time we do a big event, we try to have a good time,” Kisha said.
It’s an experience that the Kish’s say is what they want to continue to have after they retire.
“Having a job in the industry has helped keep us sane,” Ryan added.
“When we were younger, we were always worried about how we would afford to pay for the holidays.”
While Kish enjoys sharing her passion for the spa and her passion to help others, she says she wishes more people had the same opportunity to experience a spa without the expense.
“At some point, you just have to be a little bit more patient,” she concluded.
“If you’re in a good place, you can just do whatever you want.”