Are Staycations the New Vacation?
Home Is Where the Fun Is
For many people, money plays a major role in the type of vacation that they take, if they take one at all. If this is the case for you, I challenge you to look around your own backyard and think like a tourist. You have likely neglected your own surroundings and haven’t done many of the activities available to you. After all, who has time for that? Enjoying a staycation gives you the time and money to do things you normally wouldn’t, but have always wanted to. Spa day, anyone?
If you’re not yet convinced, let’s look at some pros and cons of taking a vacation at home:
No travel time, you’re already there
You already know the language, money and culture
No vaccinations needed
No costly data plan or phone bill surprises
Not feeling like you went anywhere
Having no glamorous ‘Insta-worthy’ travel shots of your vacation
No travel time, no customs hassle, no jet-lag... oh wait, these are in the wrong column ;)
As you can see, there are quite a few advantages to taking a staycation — we’ll touch on the Insta-worthy pics later because that’s easy to accomplish. Now that you’re convinced, or at least open to the idea of a staycation, here are a few tips to help you plan an amazing one.
Just like any other vacation, it’s important to set a budget. Next, make a list of all the places and activities available to you, such as: theme parks, the zoo, a spa, new restaurants, concerts or events. Do some research to ensure you don’t miss anything. Make a spreadsheet, or Pinterest board, to keep your thoughts organized in one place, and the excitement real. Act just like you would if you were going somewhere you have never been before. After all, chances are you haven’t been to these places either.
Time is something we never seem to have enough of. While many of us have a whole host of adventures right outside our front doors, we never have time to take advantage of them. Staycations give us the most valuable thing of all — time. Whether you spend that time riding a bike exploring the city, or indulging in an afternoon at the spa getting pampered, it’s up to you. Perhaps you’d rather savour a chef’s tasting menu at a new, upscale restaurant. (Remember that con of no Insta-worthy pics, I think we just knocked that off the list!) When done right, a staycation can be just as satisfying as any other vacation. Why not make a staycation part of your summer plans, and savour every minute of it?
Kathy Anderson is a BCRPA-certified fitness instructor, health enthusiast and avid traveller who loves sharing tips on how to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.