For a travel blogger like myself, I always have the urge to have some travel plans in place. Whether it be a quick trip to a European destination or something a little more long haul. Travelling gives me insane amounts of pleasure and it is also a major stress reliever for me too. There is nothing like having the full hotel experience and having a care-free home away from home. Not only that, you don’t have to wash up, do laundry or worry about even making your bed – total bliss.
If I had it my way, I wouldn’t ever come home. I would go from one place to the next, being a literal digital nomad until I felt truly content. I couldn’t think of a better place to claim my temporary home than different 5-star luxury hotels in all the wonderful cities of the world. Now, back to reality… It isn’t always possible but it certainly does work for many travel bloggers out there.
It was this never ending need to be away and detox that pushed me to understand the concept of staycation. A staycation is where you don’t actually leave the country where you reside, instead you just find different locations around to visit. It is essentially the next best thing to a holiday abroad.
I for one will put my hands up and admit that I haven’t seen much of England. I have more or less seen a handful of the different cities that make up this beautiful country, but as I mentioned before I am far from a homebody or someone that likes to stay in the country. I know, it’s bad. However, this is why staycations are perfect for me!
Not only that, staycations have a lot of untold benefits and I am going to share my favourite 7 with you all.
1. You discover new places
This is a major plus point to having a staycation. How many times have you said, “I’ll visit there, when I get some time” and the time never comes? Well, it has now. There is nothing quite like picking a much overdue local destination to discover whilst making a holiday out of it too. Win-win! My favourite discovery staycation was in Cirencester, The Cotswold.
2. It is a lot less stressful
As much as I travel, travelling is stressful. Unless I am through security and waiting at the security gate, i’m a bundle of nerves. I always feel like i’m forgetting something (normally because I have!) and i’m always fear that I may miss the plane if something doesn’t go according plan. As a result, I often wake up many hours earlier than I have to including a sleepless night prior to it too, but that’s normally excitement. Going somewhere by car or train is a lot less stressful, especially as you don’t need to worry if your passport is still in date.
3. Your bank manager will thank you
As much as travelling aboard is enriching for the soul and my favourite way to make memories, it can actually break the bank from time to time. Once you added up flights, hotels, activities, spa treatments, dinner plans, travel insurance and shopping, it may have just been cheaper to go on a quick staycation. You wouldn’t be dealing with the currency exchange rate, you don’t need to pay for flights or travel insurance and you’re less likely to feel the urge to go shopping or do as many paid activities.
4. Spend more time discovering and less time travelling
If you’re an adventurer like myself, you want to spend as much time seeing the place you have visited. Often enough when you take into account the time spent travelling to and from the airport on both sides, plus the time couple of hours that are accounted before boarding, you often waste a lot of time in transit and less actually exploring. That’s another plus side of doing a staycation, you get more time to spend at your destination. I mean, I had a luxury staycation in my own city at Marriott County Hall and The Langham London.
5. It beats spending a weekend at home
Going into work and talking about your weekend can be rather boring, especially if you have spent the weekend on the couch in front of the television. I mean there is nothing wrong with that, but it definitely allows more interesting conversation if you have actually done something worth talking about. After all, knowledge is power… you could even convert your colleagues to do a staycation after you share your experience.
6. Total relaxation staycation
Staycations don’t always have to be about exploring. Personally, I love nothing more than a spa staycation. Nothing but warm water, plunge pools, relaxing knot busting massages and white fluffy robes. I have always been someone who appreciates and encourages ‘me time’ and personally there is no better way. It’s a perfect way to spend time with your friends or loved ones too. My favourite relaxing staycation was at The Scarlet.
7. No language barrier
Visiting cultured countries that speak different languages is fun and challenging at the same time. It definitely allows multi-lingual people to practice their language skills. For those that don’t speak the national language, it can be rather frustrating even though some countries are English speaking. It can definitely put you at ease if there is one less thing to worry about, if you can converse with anyone and everyone around you.
There are so many benefits to a staycation, i’m definitely a convert. Have you ever had a staycation?
Until next time…
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