Regardless of whether you call it Spring Break or March Break, it’s about that time of year when we all get fed up with winter and start dreaming about traveling to far off places.
However, time and time again, I find this break approaching without having done any of the things necessary for travel. You know, like booking flights, making reservations or saving up any money whatsoever.
[ What?! Nobody made these plans for me? ]
So while some of us are packing up our suitcases and heading towards warmer, perhaps more tropical destinations, the rest of us are staying in, or staycationing.
So why is staycationing actually a decent option and not just something that happens when you failed to plan? How can we keep ourselves occupied (and happy!) enough to avoid becoming envious while scrolling through our newsfeed looking at everyone’s palm framed selfies on the beach?
There are two major ways to staycation:
1) The first is to commit to complete relaxation. Stay home, sleep in, drink tea, read, meditate, journal, take naps, do yoga. Treat your home like a spa. Only venture out for massage appointments or for treating yourself to something nice.
2) The second option is to make a point of discovering your own town/city. Make a plan and create a schedule so that you have something new and exciting to do every day! Include some new things on your list, along with some classic favourites.
What are the benefits of staycations? Well, you avoid sleep interruptions, stressful situations, jet lag, delays, and things not going according to plan. You’ll save money. You’ll discover your own town/city. You’ll support the local economy. And you’ll probably end your vacation and head back to work feeling more relaxed than if you landed the previous day and spent the last 24 hours unpacking, doing laundry and trying to come back to reality.
At the end of the day, I really enjoy vacations that allow complete relaxation. And sure, that can be done while laying in the sand with the sun shining down on you. But it can also be done in the comfort of your own home, of your own town.