Staycay – what it is and why you should do it

What is a Staycay

If you’re reading this you’re probably wondering.. what on Earth is a Stay-at-home vacation, Stay-cation or Staycay and why you should do it.

It’s something I discovered about 2 or 3 years ago when I realized after my 2 weeks of annual leave that it’d be almost another year before I could go on a similar holiday again.

One moment I was preparing for and going to my favourite overseas destination (USA), and then a couple of weeks later it was all over. Have you ever felt the same way?

Months of planning and weeks of fun for it all to come 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.

Staycay examples (trying new cafes for their food, coffee and also tour buses)

What do you usually do on holiday?

Put together a typical list of things you like to do when you’re on holiday. Here’s an example to get you started:

  1. Stay in a nice hotel
  2. Jump on a tour bus so I can get my bearings and know where all the major landmarks and attractions are
  3. Visit one or more of the local landmarks or attractions
  4. Stop in somewhere for lunch and my daily.. COFFEE
  5. Visit more landmarks and attractions
  6. Head back to the hotel to get changed
  7. Book into a fancy restaurant or order room service
  8. Visit a local show or event
  9. Grab some munchies or maybe a drink or ..TEN
  10. Back to the hotel to crash for the night/morning
  11. Check out of the hotel and head off home

Using an itinerary like this you should be able to come up with a pretty cool list of staycay activities you can do over a weekend, a couple of weekends, a month or longer.

Apply your list to a Staycay lifestyle

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.

Further inspiration

Check out the links below for 5 ideas to get you started:

  1. Ride on a City Tour Bus or City Circuit Bus
  2. A Lookout or Observation Tower
  3. Art Gallery or Museum
  4. Park, Beach or Walking Track
  5. Local Food and Drink

I’ve also got a Facebook page where I post further adventures as well.

Take care, Cliff

2018-06-12T07:05:09+00:00By TravellingCliff|