Oh the infamous “staycation.”
Urban Dictionary defines it as “a vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer” (there are some other more colourful definitions too).
I personally LOVE the idea of getting a hotel or B&B in your home city and being a tourist for a day. But I think staycations are easier said than actually done.
Staycations can be really nice because they let you relax without all the pressure of planning a vacation. No flights to book and no airport transfers to worry about and not to mention, no language barrier. Staycations are about seeing your city from a new perspective; doing things you’ve always wanted to do and noticing new things too.
However, staycations do require a little bit of planning. Here’s your very own guide on how to have a staycation.
+ Get a room.
Staycations can be spent at home but I think getting out of the house is a key part of the whole “vacation” thing. Look for a new neighbourhood to spend a night or two in or even just try out that cute hotel you pass by every day.
+ Play pretend.
The most important part of how to have a staycation that feels like a vacation is making sure you convince yourself you’re actually on vacation.
This is also the hardest part (esp if you stay at home) because you’re so used to seeing your world in a certain work/school/tons-of-stuff-to-do way. Turn off your phone and don’t give into seeing your friends even if it’s just for a coffee. With a little effort, it can feel so nice to be a bit disconnected; just go with the flow.
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+ Plan something!
While this might sound contradictory to what I just said, your staycation doesn’t have to be a large abyss of empty time. Go try that roller-rink or go on a pub crawl to places you’ve never been. Like I said, staycations are about relaxing but also seeing your city in a new way.
With a little planning, staycations can really be awesome (even though I’ll admit the closest I’ve come to having a real staycation was staying in a hotel down my street in NYC when a mercury thermometer broke and we had to evacuate #oopsie). But hey, it’s on my to-do list and at least now I have a guide!
What are your tips on how to have a staycation? Any funny stories?
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