Staycations: Don’t Believe the Hype
We’ve all heard it: Skip the Trip and Stay at Home. The economy’s bad, the dollar is weak, no long lines, no “are we there yet”…
I was shocked to see how many blogs on how to have a successful staycation are out there. But since I know many people who decided to forgo a holiday this year to stay at home, it makes sense.
When I ask a staycationer (is that even a word?) how they spent their time, I’m always mortified to hear the answer that goes something like “well, I finally cleaned out my garage, I’ve been meaning to do that for two years, and I spent time relaxing and read a good book.
Convenient and budget-friendly, yes, but oh-so-lame. I don’t know what’s more ridiculous, the word or the idea. Here’s a few good reasons to avoid a staycation:
- A vacation is something to look forward to. Even if its 6 months away, you’ll be planning, daydreaming, getting excited.
- The mere thought of a getaway lifts your spirits, even on a cold rainy Monday morning in February.
- A vacation allows you to expand your mind and learn about a culture that’s different from yours.
- The economy is plummeting, and so are the rates. Check out hotel prices anywhere right now, you’ll be surprised how low they are. Many destinations are even offering value-added specials, like complimentary meal coupons, free upgrades and rental cars for as low as $8 a day.
- You don’t have to go far to get away from it all. We recently “met half way” from our homes for a weekend getaway to Portland, OR.
- You know those two days called Saturday and Sunday? They come around every single week. What a great time to clean out that garage!