I’ve just come to the end of my fortnight’s summer holiday, two weeks of sunshine and ice cream, sight seeing and afternoon tea. Where did I go? The South of France? The Caribbean? No, good old South East England!
Since being knocked off my bike before Christmas, I’ve been in and out of medical appointments and painful physiotherapy sessions. I was REALLY in need of a holiday but still not fully mobile, and needing to attend weekly physio appointments, a far flung holiday was off the cards for me this year. Instead I decided to make the best of a bad situation by having a ‘Staycation’; staying at home to enjoy my vacation.
My fortnight was a holiday of two halves; week one was wild camping, all ‘Swallows and Amazons’, canoeing and camp fires with toasted marshmallows. Week two I was a tourist in my own town, visiting galleries, sight seeing and taking the time for afternoon tea with friends.
After a lovely stress-free holiday, I would whole heartedly recommend a staycation to anyone but if you still need convincing here are my postcards from home, my 5 reasons to staycation;
1. Save money
No travels costs, no hotel room rates, all you need is a small budget for museum entry fees and money for ice cream 😉 So if you are tired of single room supplements and high season holiday surcharges, staycation!
2. No packing and no lost luggage
An eavesdropped cafe conversation whilst staycationing, I heard two women talking about their lost holiday luggage. A week without clothes and wrestling with airlines insurance policies spoiled their holiday. The answer – staycation as there is no need to pack, no stress of deciding what to take and what to leave and no chance of your luggage being lost by airlines.
3. Cut down on your air miles
We all fly and we all know the environmental impacts of our passion for travel. So why not take one less overseas holiday a year and staycation instead. You don’t have to give up long haul for good, try going every-other-year and stay for longer.
4. Be a tourist in your own town
Enjoying a holiday in your home town gives you time to visit all those places you’ve been talking about, but have never got round too. From local museums to local beauty spots, a staycation gives you time to enjoy where you live, like a visitor. Why not invite your friends to join in too, try that new restaurant or sit all morning chatting and having coffee in the sun.
5. Do. Be. Be Happy
For me the best part of my staycation was just catching up with myself. I got round to finishing off several books, I caught up with friends, I relaxed and generally slowed down. Being on holiday somewhere hot and exotic is fantastic but sometimes you just need a book and a pot of tea and time to put your feet up.
However you spend your 2016 summer holiday I hope you have fun