Occasionally, we enjoy taking a staycation. For us, that means blocking off a few days and basically acting like we are on vacation, even though we stay in our own home. We don’t cook or do any avoidable chores. Fun extras like gourmet coffee and setting out the company towels can also make an at-home staycation special. We love that a staycation provides a break without the added expense of a hotel. It’s something we enjoy, but there are drawbacks too. Read more below to see if a staycation is right for you.
- You don’t have to pack. Everything you need is right there. If you’re someone who likes the simplicity of grabbing a pre-planned outfit from your suitcase, just choose outfits ahead of time and set them aside.
- You’re much more likely to get a good night’s rest in your own home than in a hotel. I rarely can get the temperature right in a hotel room and often wake up repeatedly during the night because I am either too warm or too cold.
- If you stay close to home during the day, there’s very little travel time. I personally don’t mind travelling, but less travel time equals more time for activities.
- An at-home staycation is MUCH less expensive than staying in a hotel. I’ve chosen this option in the past when we needed a getaway but also knew the hotel money would cover the new curtains I wanted. Win-win.
- Staycations give you the opportunity to visit unique places close to home. It’s likely there are lots of undiscovered treasures in your own area.
- Staying in your own home may not feel like enough of a break. If you’re someone that has a hard time stepping away from daily stressors, spending time at home might not give you the space you need to disconnect. If this sounds like you, a fun option is to trade homes with a friend for the weekend. You both get a break from home without spending money on a hotel. There’s also the opportunity to visit restaurants and attractions in their area.
- You don’t get to try out a new place. If you’re someone who loves checking out new places to stay, this one might really bother you. Maybe you can make up for missing out on new hotels by choosing to only visit restaurants or activities that are unique and new to you.
- Home is just not going to feel as luxurious as a hotel. If you really love the luxury a good hotel provides, do your best to recreate this feeling at home. Make sure your home is clean and neat (at least the rooms you’ll be using). Shut off any rooms you won’t need, and set aside a relaxing space to be your haven for the weekend. Add in extras like candles, favorite snacks, new games and music, etc. to make your staycation feel special.
A staycation is definitely worth trying. You will save time and money, and you just may discover how much you love your home and hometown. Being prepared for the potential cons and dealing with them ahead of time will make the experience much more enjoyable. How about you? Have you tried a staycation? What pros or cons could you add to this list?