I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never had much money. I have enough to be comfortable, which I suppose I thank you for these days, but the idea of putting out hundreds or even thousands of dollars to go away for a few days isn’t quite on my radar.
Instead I’ve embraced the trend of ‘staycations’, which are vacations where you simply stay home, disconnect from the stresses of regular life, and relax. There are a few different kinds of staycations, though, and I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing several of them. Here are some tips I learned along the way.
In today’s society, we seem to always be tethered to one another. As I sit here, I have a phone that I can take calls on, send and receive text messages on, get email from two different accounts on, as well as access entirely too many social media accounts than I’d like to admit to. I’m also sitting in front of a computer where I can, with a little bit of effort, contact or be contacted by just about anyone in the country, and a good portion of the world.
For this reason, when I need to relax a bit, the first thing that I do is disconnect. I turn off my phone and my computer, and enjoy being incommunicado. It’s surprisingly liberating to not hear a phone ring for hours on end, and once you get used to it it’s very nice not having to constantly check emails and respond. This is a luxury that wasn’t always needed, it used to be that employers contacted you at work only and that was the only place you were expected to work. Now, however, it’s part of many job descriptions to be available pretty-much 24/7.
The term ‘get away’ is part of our vacation culture, but it doesn’t need to be. More often than not, I find that my vacations involve very little if any driving. Instead, I either stay home or travel under an hour to a nearby town rather than drive days away or fly to a far-off land. As a suggestion, if you’re staying local go out and find some new places. We tend to go to the same places over and over again, and this keeps us from trying new things.
One of the things I always loved about vacations as far back as I can remember is the fact that eating out, normally saved as a treat, and was a regular occurrence. Now that I’m older, I love it even more as it means I don’t have to cook. Go out to restaurants, have something delivered, or get carry-out from somewhere.
While it’s not for everyone, I even suggest using disposable dishes if you are eating at home. That way you don’t have to cook the food, just order it and you don’t have to do dishes, you just throw everything away. While perhaps that’s not the most environmentally friendly way to go, it’s a simple and occasional luxury that can be enjoyed.
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