Summer is almost here, and like many others, I’m excited about the possibility of slowing the pace a little and taking a much needed break. Normally I would call a travel agent and plan a quick getaway to some exotic and adventurous destination, but this year I think that I’m just going to stay home.
What is a ‘staycation?’
Of late, I’ve noticed a sensible trend emerging: Staying at home during the vacation break and simply planning short day trips to local attractions or finding entertainment within the solitude of one’s own home.
Why does this make sense?
Most folks, despite living in pretty much the same place all of their lives, haven’t fully explored the events and attractions local to their immediate area. Tourists have a better feel of their locale than these people do. It makes perfect sense to tool around and explore home soil offerings before extending out to more distant venues.
What are the benefits?
There are multiple benefits to the staycation, all of which I favor:
First, I get to save money. The money that I’d normally pour into airfare, car rental, travel expenses, etc., I can funnel right back into my savings account and hedge for a rainy day.
I don’t have to be stressed. As a professional writer, I work hard all year round, most times including holidays and weekends. So when summer break rolls around I expect my vacation to be an opportunity to slow down and rejuvenate, but in a lot of instances I’ve found that the stresses of travel negate any rest benefits that I might have gained.
I get to spend time with family and friends. Because of the high cost of travel, families don’t always get to travel together, and friends travel together even less than that. If I stay home and coordinate my schedule, then I’ll get to spend quality time with family and friends that I might not have been able to otherwise due to my hectic work schedule.
I get to read, watch movies, and catch up on some of my TV shows. I deny myself these little luxuries during my normal workdays, but if I stay at home and use my vacation time for myself, then I can catch up on my reading, the movies that I have on my watch list, and the TV shows that have been piling up on my DVR.
In short, I see all positives and no negatives attached to my decision to stay home this year. In fact, the staycation just may become a new tradition in my house.
What about you? Will you be embracing the staycation or pushing forward with the vacation this year?
Forbes.com: 16 Things to Do on a “Staycation”