In a world that never seems to slow down (and feels like it’s getting faster), there’s comfort in reclaiming your time. Taking a breather from the rush of the everyday is as simple as staying in with intention. As nice taking a relaxing trip as soon as the mood strikes sounds, not everyone is able to do so. However, getting away doesn’t necessarily mean jetting off on a vacay. Picture this: Skip the stress of packing bags, enduring long airport lines, and navigating unfamiliar destinations. Instead, you’re right at home, wrapped in the warm embrace of familiarity. What you’re looking for is a staycation; a delightful escape in the heart of your own town or city. It offers a unique opportunity to hit the pause button and rediscover the beauty in the everyday.
Staycations provide a chance to recalibrate, prioritize self-care, and reconnect with people and places that are meaningful to you. The best part is that sometimes all you need is the car and a cheap hotel booking to make it happen! Through discount websites, you can even book online to pay later if you want to. No matter the method, your staycation is going to be a successful one! They’re great for spending a holiday closer to home or simply a long weekend somewhere local. Here are some simple and stress-free tips to keep in mind while planning your ideal staycation.
Figure out exactly what you want to do — or at least what you want to get from your staycation.
Do you want to explore a new city or are you looking for hidden gems in your own neighborhood? Are you hoping to spend your holidays at home or have you got your sights set on a (local) adventure? Decide what type of staycation you want and pinpoint how you want to feel at the end of it. By knowing these details up front, you’ll get the most of your time off.
Totally commit yourself to the staycation.
Approach your staycation the same way you would a normal vacation. Block time off in your calendar, set the “out of office” email, and avoid making any other kinds of commitments. Fully immerse yourself in the time away, and create experiences you’d want to do on a holidays.
It’s all about the location, location, location — or at least a change of scenery.
Yes, staycations are all about staying home or somewhere local, but that doesn’t restrict you from a change of scenery. If you want to see your hometime in a new light, take a look at nearby (and unique) vacation rentals. You can even celebrate the great outdoors: Camping is another alternative for a memorable staycation.
Play tourist in your own city.
If you’re staying home for your staycation, why not try play tourist in your own city? Check out the hometown hot spots that you haven’t had time to visit before or to discover a new go-to. Is there a restaurant you’ve been waiting to try or a museum exhibit you’ve had on your “To Visit” list? What about a walking tour of a neighborhood that you’ve always wanted to explore? A staycation is the perfect time to discover a whole new side to the where city you live.
Have a digital detox.
It’s something that sounds a lot easier said than done. However, if you’re able to do a digital detox for the duration of your staycation, it will help you enjoy your time off and live a little more in the moment. Do make sure to take lots of pictures, though! After all, if it’s something you’d do on a normal vacation, why not embrace it for your staycation?
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