With the uncertainty that follows with traveling abroad nowadays, it makes sense that going on a staycation is becoming the new vacation. Going to a place that might only be an hour’s drive from your home can be the perfect way to relax if you have taken time off.
Staycations originally meant staying at home when you book time off from work. For people who have busy lives, then just doing nothing can be the perfect way to relax and recharge after a busy period.
But now, staycations have evolved to traveling to places that are near your home. This is the perfect way to relax and is great for people who love traveling to new places.
Even before all that was going on in the world, going on vacation could be a stressful thing, you would have to plan so much, go to a completely new place and have no idea what you are doing. It can actually be more stressful then you realize, and you might find that you would need to go on vacation after you’ve come back just to recover from your jam-packed vacation.
You won’t have to worry about the long travel back, unpacking all your bags, and recovering from things like jet-lag. You’ll feel more refreshed and ready to get back to work if you enjoy a staycation. There are plenty of other reasons that this can be a more enjoyable thing.
So let’s take a look at the great things about taking a staycation!
More Time for Relaxing
When it comes to going on holiday, the most important thing is relaxing not the number of days that you are off for.
Think of it this way, if you are only going away for the weekend, then would you prefer to only have to drive an hour away and have more time relaxing? Or would you prefer wasting several hours traveling to a new place, only to have less time relaxing?
Having to travel for a long period is not a good recipe for a relaxing weekend.
This is why a staycation is a far more superior thing than a vacation. Instead of losing time and energy preparing for a vacation, a staycation will provide you with high-quality resting time.
A staycation will provide you with a genuine break from work and life pressures.
When it comes to a staycation, you won’t have to worry about long traveling, packing/unpacking, jet lag, etc, like you would with a vacation. This means that you’ll get back to work feeling more refreshed, relaxed, and rejuvenated.
New Experience That is Just Around the Corner
Everyone wants to explore new places, but most people assume that the only way to do this is to travel abroad to faraway places.
Now of course going to faraway places will provide you with a new experience, but often people will overlook the amazing places that are just around the corner to their home. I know I’ve been guilty of that.
Thanks to lockdown, I’ve discovered two moats near my house, some amazing walks (with some pretty impressive views), and a whole lot more. My family has lived in our house for nearly 30 years, and only recently have we learned about our local area.
There will be cafés and restaurants you’ve never tried (just remember to be safe), historic buildings you’ve never seen before, and nature parks you’ve never visited.
Notice the phrase “you’ve never” in the above sentence. You may have convinced yourself that to see new things you need to travel overseas. But with a little effort on your part, you’ll be able to experience new and exciting things close to home
Visit Old Familiar Places to Get a New Perspective
I have previously written about revisiting your favourite places, but sometimes you might not have explored somewhere, despite having driven past it several times.
For example, say you drive past the same canal on your way to work. You see it every day, in the distance, but you never go near it. Well, on your next day off, why not go drive up to it and take a walk on a sunny day. You’ll be amazed by how the sun glistens on the water, how colorful and interesting the canal boats are and can see a familiar place from a different perspective.
It doesn’t have to be a canal either, what about that park that you walk past/through without really enjoying the natural beauty of it?
Take a moment to appreciate the greenery. Have a picnic with your loved ones, walk your dog, and play fetch with them. Or find a picturesque tree and sit and read your favourite book under it.
Doing something a little bit differently by doing something that you wouldn’t normally do can create a totally new and enjoyable experience.
Try not to fall into the same habits, and just make sure to do things differently to how you normally would. This will help make all those old, familiar places feel like a brand new and fun experience.
Less Stress, More Fun
The whole point of a staycation is that it is less stress, meaning that you will have more fun. With everything that is going on right now in world, I wouldn’t even bother travelling abroad.
The stress of worrying about whether or not I could get back home or have to go into a two week quarantine or whether I had caught something/spread something to people I don’t know just doesn’t seem worth it (but to each their own).
Don’t get me wrong, in “normal times” traveling abroad to new and exotic places is a great experience, but even so, when your kids, work and financial pressures have left you feeling stressed and exhausted, then a staycation could be just the ticket you need.
You can forget about weeks of preparation, say goodbye to security checks at airports, and instead, say hello to peace and quiet. The perfect way to relax when you just want some time off.