If you’re reading this you’re probably wondering.. what on Earth is a Stay-at-home vacation, Stay-cation or Stay-cay (my personal favourite) and why you should do it.
It’s something I discovered about 2 or 3 years ago when I realized it’d be months before I could go on a proper holiday again.
One moment I was preparing for and going to my favourite overseas destination (USA), and then it was all over. Have you ever felt the same way? Months of planning for a few weeks of fun came to a screeching halt. Boo.
Time to plan for the next big trip I thought but.. why wait?
It was then that I realized I didn’t have to put my life on hold for months at a time. There’s no reason why I can’t recapture the same feeling I have when I’m overseas right here in my own “backyard”.
Rather than wait months and months I can enjoy a mini version of that same experience in monthly, fortnightly or even weekly spurts at a fraction of the cost.
Firstly, I put together a typical list of things I like to do when I travel abroad and this is what I came up with:
- Stay in a nice hotel
- Jump on a tour bus so I can get my bearings and know where all the major landmarks and attractions are
- Visit one or more of the local landmarks or attractions
- Stop in somewhere for lunch and my daily.. COFFEE
- Visit more landmarks and attractions
- Head back to the hotel to get changed
- Book into a fancy restaurant or order room service
- Visit a local show or event
- Grab some munchies or maybe a drink or ..TEN
- Back to the hotel to crash for the night/morning
- Check out of the hotel and head off home
Using this list I was able to come up with a pretty cool itinerary of stay-cay activities I could do over a weekend, a couple of weekends, a month or longer.
If I can’t stay in a nice hotel I’d visit one instead. I’ll stop into one every now and again for dinner or a drink. Personally I like hotels with some form of mellow live entertainment playing in the background. It adds to the “holiday” vibe.
As a local I’m able to get a discount off my local city tour bus and while I know most of the locations there’s a few things I didn’t know about my own home town and a couple of places I never knew existed.
Check out any local attractions you haven’t been to before. For ideas grab one of those tourist guides found in Information Centers or in hotel lobbies.
Many local landmarks and attractions you went to as a kid have changed so definitely revisit them again.
I try to visit a new coffee shop at least once a month.
Depending on what you like to do you’ll probably want to compile your own list. Let me know what you come up with in the comments section below.
And stay tuned as I post about my regular stay-cay adventures!
Take care, Cliff