My vacation time is coming up in a few short weeks and I couldn’t be happier. It will be nice to have a break from going to work each day not to mention the rather uneventful commute. Right now I’m even more motivated to get everything done so I can relax and take a much needed break. This time I’ve decided to do a staycation instead of traveling somewhere for a vacation.
A staycation is a fun way to say you’re vacationing, but at home. It’s a great option if you’re looking to relax, avoid travel, save money, or become a tourist in your own area. The key is to deviate away from normal daily tasks so that you can truly enjoy your time off, even if you’re not skipping town.
When I posted about whether or not I should travel while I’m in debt I brought up the fact that there are numerous local attractions I haven’t even explored yet; hence the need for a staycation.
There are several other reasons why I decided to take a wonderful staycation this spring:
There’s So Much Local Unexplored Territory
Living in the Chicagoland area, I know it sounds silly but I don’t get to visit the city of Chicago itself very often. There’s tons to do there and tourists arriving each week to sightsee and explore. I realize I can easily become one of those ‘tourists’ by hopping on a train and checking out a number of famous and historic attractions.
The idea of a day trip also resonated with me. There’s a great national park about an hour away from my house that I always hear about. There’s also this really cool zip-line site about an hour away too. Knowing that I don’t have to go on an exotic vacation in the Caribbean to go ziplining really puts me at ease and gives me all the more reason to stay local.
Easy Planning and Relaxation Await
The one thing I don’t like about vacations is the hours and hours of planning that go into it, along with the need to be on time and keep up with a schedule.
When I went to Europe two summers ago there was so much planning and preparation involved from scheduling the flights, to weighing my suitcase and researching the carry-on rules for my airline to securing travel insurance and transportation from the airport to my destination. Not to mention the itineraries and to-do lists whenever I got to where I was going. The trip was super fun but I was not a fan of all the prep that went into it.
Vacations can also keep you busy and that’s great if you’re looking for adventure and the opportunity to see something new. But sometimes it’s just too much. I remember last year when Ray and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas, we were pretty tired and took a nap in our stateroom. When we woke up, we realized that we missed out on dinner and some activities and had to hit up the 24-hour pizza bar instead. Very romantic. It was crazy how something as small as a nap could throw our vacation schedule off course.
When on a staycation, you can nap whenever you want, and plan your own activities with more control, meaning more relaxation for you. I plan on using my car and a bit of public transportation to get around during my staycation and I’m leaving the schedule pretty open so I can focus on relaxing and enjoying myself and not checking off a list of activities.
I Want To Enjoy My Home
Enjoying my home is really something I’m looking forward to, since I’m hardly ever home to begin with. During the week I’m up at 6 a.m. and out of the house at 7 a.m. Then I don’t get home until 5:30 p.m. This is why I look forward to family nights at the house on weekends. I’m a big homebody overall and I’m looking forward to spending some time with my family and catching up with friends.
It Fits In With My Plans to Spend Less on Non-necessities
It’s a valid point that staycations are pretty inexpensive compared to the traditional vacation. You don’t have to deal with high travel costs, expensive hotels, and overpriced resorts and restaurants for the most part. I’m comfortable with knowing that whatever I do whether it’s going to an event, theatre performance, restaurant, museum, or historic site, I’ll be saving money by doing it locally. I’m already scouring Groupon for deals on local attractions.
I decided early on that this year I would not be traveling anywhere for vacation while I work on improving my finances and bumping up my savings instead of putting the money toward travel. Knowing that I don’t have to take a vacation or even a staycation reminds me that my intentions are just to relax and take a break from working.
What’s your opinion on staycations? Have you “been on” had one?
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