Everyone loves going on vacation and everyone loves the idea of going abroad, but have you ever come back from your trip and felt like you needed another vacation just to recover? Do you never feel rejuvenated after your vacation abroad? Ever thought about what it would be like to go on a staycation? Plenty of people have often said that when they’ve come back from vacation, they don’t feel like they’ve had their well-deserved rest, and unfortunately, if you are planning on going abroad soon this might happen to you.
So how do you avoid this? It’s simple really, all you need to do is go on a staycation instead. You still get to say goodbye to your home and have an adventure, but you don’t have to worry about all of the planning and preparations that go on a trip abroad. You still get to discover new places, but sometimes staying local can often provide more benefits and opportunities that vacations just can’t do.
What are these benefits you might ask? Well let’s delve into it…
you can save money going on a staycation
This one probably is the most obvious benefit to taking a staycation – you don’t have to spend money on things like travel for flights, rental cars and even food (e.g. eating out all the time) in some instances. Everyone would love to be in a position in their life where they don’t have to worry about money and having to save up for their travels. But the reality is, that most people will need to save up when they go abroad.
Saving up for a vacation can be a tough thing, particularly when you have other bills to pay for. A lot of the time it can even be quite stressful when you have to save up, especially when they go online and see how much going abroad could cost them – for families it could cost thousands depending on where they are planning on going and for how long. So it’s better to avoid this stress and spend less on a staycation.
You should never feel daunted by the amount things can cost though, as going away has been shown to be good for you. But the benefits of a staycation is that you can save on food by bringing your own, take friends and family with you (meaning that you can stay in a bigger house for half the cost) and just have a better time with your loved ones, without the worry of bills adding up.
a staycation offers a fresh experience just around the corner
People always make the mistake in thinking that in order to have a new experience they need to go far and they need to go to somewhere new, but this isn’t the case. Often we overlook the attractions that are close to us, instead choosing to spend a lot of money on places that are far from our home. When really if you look closely enough, you will find that there are plenty of places to explore that are just right around the corner.
There will be cafés and restaurants you’ve never tried, historic buildings you’ve never seen before, and nature parks you’ve never visited. You also don’t need to go to completely new places every time you travel – you will sometimes find that going to the same place can still offer a unique experience. If you go at different times of the years, with different people, you’ll be able to have a completely new experience, without travelling miles away from your home.
a staycations avoids the stress of planning ahead
Any time you go away you will have to spend time planning it, you will need to figure out flights, finding out where the best place is to stay, deciding on your budget for your travels etc. But when you go on a staycation you won’t have to worry so much about all of this. This is the perfect thing for travellers who get anxious on their travels. After all, minimising the amount of stress you experience on your travels is key to having the perfect trip.
With a staycation you’re eliminating a lot of the stress associated with travelling – no flying, no airports, and most importantly, no baggage restrictions. You don’t need to limit yourself, all you need to know is where you are going to travel to. So book that hotel, cottage or B&B, know when you need to get there and how long you are staying. That’s all you really need to worry about when it comes to going on a staycation.
This means you don’t really need to plan ahead either. The beauty of a staycation is that you don’t have to plan ahead. If you all of a sudden have a free Friday, or just feel like a spontaneous trip away, then depending on how flexible your workplace is, it’s a lot easier to go on a staycation than a trip that involves a long flight. Plus you won’t have to worry about expensive last minutes flights either!
you can bring your pets with you on a staycation
If you don’t have pets then this isn’t something that you will really need to worry about, but if you are a proud pet owner, then it’s not always nice leaving them behind in a kennel or something. Sometimes you can bring your pets with you when you go on a flight, but this can cause them a lot of stress and is often more hassle then it’s worth. But a staycation means that you can easily bring your beloved pet with you.
If you have a four-legged friend who is a part of your family, then leaving them at home whilst you go away somewhere can be one of the hardest parts of going on a vacation. But if you are planning on staying in your home country, and are only travelling around the corner, then you can bring them with you! They get to join in the fun, and be with you whilst you make all of those great memories on your time off!
So as you can see, there are plenty of good reasons to go on a staycation this year (not just because of the pandemic, but also for many other reasons). So say goodbye to security checks at airports, and instead, say hello to peace and quiet. Ultimately, staycations are the ideal way to restore and revitalise your mind, body and spirit. So why not go on a staycation yourself and see for yourself!
Isobel blogs over at detailing historical houses, castles, and general day trips. Isobel also loves books and films; give her a historical romance and it would be a perfect afternoon. When it comes to her days off work, you can find Isobel outside and exploring as many places as she can with her partner!