Raise your hand if you’ve ever come back from vacation saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation.” If you’re like me, you’ve probably told it once or twice because traveling can be exhausting. And while exploring new destinations can bring a lot of joy, we often forget that we can create beautiful experiences without having to go far, or be having to spend a lot of money. In this post I share my five best trips to a great staycation because you shouldn’t have to go far or pay a lot, to have a great weekend.
Book a Luxury Hotel
It’s not a vacation if you’re staying home. With a staycation, you’re already saving money on airfare, and since the hotel is a core part of the experience, it’s worth the extra to spend on a luxury property. Many luxury hotels offer spas, packages that include breakfast in bed, and other indulgences. Make sure the hotel you choose provides a luxury experience because it will make all the difference in your staycation.
Splurge on an Experience
Since you’re not spending money on airfare, treat yourself to an experience you usually may not spend money on. You can spend a day at the spa, dine at a fancy restaurant, go on a tour, or do something else that you’ve had your eye on.
Treat it as a Proper Vacation
After all, it is a vacation, right? So treat it like one! Put your phone away and enjoy the moment the way you normally would on vacation. Turn off your work email for the entirety of your trip. The goal is to catch a real break without going too far or spending too much, so you should embody the same mindset you would as if you got on a plane or drove further away.
Find a New Area to Explore
Curious about that up and coming neighborhood? Take the opportunity to explore a new area that you’ve had interest in, but never had enough time to see more of it. You don’t have to live in a big city for this. You’d be surprised what you can find in your town. And check in with your local tourism office – they can provide you with information on new business in the area that you otherwise might not have heard of.
The key to a successful staycation is to come home feeling relaxed. If you’re an over-planner, or plan as you usually would when visiting a new destination, that can include days with a full schedule. Make it your intent to have downtime whether it be by sleeping in, having breakfast in bed, or skipping dinner reservations altogether and staying in to watch a movie!
Thank you for reading my guest post. My name is Nina, and I run a travel blog at ninatekwani.com where I share travel photography and experiences with the aim of inspiring you to travel and explore this world as much as you can!