"Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from" - Seth Godin
Everyone needs a break once in a while; A break from chores, from bills, from responsibilities... but that doesn't mean we need to escape our day to day lives. What if we instead stayed exactly where we were and simply eliminated the chores, bills and responsibilities for a few days? A staycation offers a far less expensive way for us to enjoy what we already have with minimal stress.
Why do you want to travel?
I used to sit for hours browsing Pinterest travel boards wishing I could jump into the pictures I saw, and often feeling jealous and frustrated that I wasn't traveling the world. After not understanding why I felt this way I decided to ask myself a simple question that had a huge impact on my perspective - why do I want to travel? Why I want to travel is simple: I want to spend time with my husband away from the responsibilities of life to reconnect, re-energize, and recharge. I realized that if this is what I wanted out of travel then the destination doesn't really matter. Traveling to see and experience new things is important, but staycationing and being able to really enjoy and appreciate what is already in front of you is just as important, if not more so. With that being said I am off of work next week for an entire week and I plan to have a staycation...
What will my staycation look like?
Unfortunately my husband was unable to book the week off, so I will have the days all to myself. During my staycation I plan to:
- Wake up with no alarm
- Enjoy lying in bed, basking in the sun and stretching
- Eating a healthy and hearty breakfast each morning
- Spend time with family and friends
- Watch my favorite movies
- Read Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
- Spend time with Mother Nature
- Pamper myself with a stay-at-home spa day
- Take as many naps as my heart desires
- Go on a bike ride
- Go to the beach at least once, hopefully twice
- Go to the park and enjoy being a big kid
- Do some yoga and meditation
- Go to a local bakery to enjoy a coffee and a croissant
- Revel in the little moments
If want to read a little more on staycations, or want some more ideas about what to do on your staycation you can check out this article over on Forbes.
Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should consider having a staycation to enjoy what has been right in front of you all along.