It is that time of the year again – the period between Presidents Day and Easter Sunday that feels like it goes on for an eternity. The only way to get through this lengthy stretch of time that lacks holidays and paid time off is to treat yourself to a staycation. A staycation is a local vacation for when you don’t have the time to get away. And if that doesn’t convince you, here are 7 more reasons why you should take a stay-cation.
1. It won’t break the bank.
Traveling far and wide is nice, but so is saving a few bucks. A local getaway will ensure the relaxation you need without breaking the bank. Removing travel costs from the budget also means you can splurge on that spa treatment you always dream of.
2. It alleviates stress.
Much less planning is needed when traveling locally. Vacations require researching and arranging accommodations, transportation, activities and more. All of that decision making is stressful! A staycation requires little to no planning. Whether you are taking a day trip or checking in to a hotel for the weekend, you are already familiar with the location – all you need to do is pack your bags.
3. You can finally explore your surroundings.
How many times do you think about being a tourist in your own town, but then succumb to a movie and your couch? Now is your time to explore. Take that hike your friends have been ranting about; visit the museum nearby; discover all of the hidden gems your area has to offer. Take the weekend to cross things off your hometown bucket list.
4. Fall back in love with your home
It’s easy to get caught up in a routine, especially with a busy work schedule. When you’re always on the move, it is easy to lose touch with how charming your home base is. When was the last time you went to your local beach or took a stroll around town? Spend your staycation visiting all of the domestic destinations you’ve taken for granted – the spots that convinced you to move to the area in the first place.
5. Support your friends and neighbors
By traveling around town, you are simultaneously giving back to your community. The money you spend at the local café will go right back to your local economy. A stress-free vacation that supports local businesses? That sounds like a win-win to me.
6. There are no requirements on a staycation
Whenever traveling long distances, it is common to feel as though there are particular things you must experience. You need to visit that historical site or eat dinner at this restaurant. It is understandable because you want to make the most of your time. However, it can take the fun out of exploration. With staycations, you are not tied to specific experiences because there is always next week.
7. Stop reading this and go!
Staycations do not demand any preparation. In need of a break? Pack a bag and head to the hotel down the road. Book that spa day and start relaxing.