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5 Reasons Why Staycations May Be My Favorite Vacation
Staycations became popular again a decade ago during the great recession. Families were able to trim some costs while still getting away. People were worried about their job security and did not want to go into the red taking a extravagant vacation. They decided to check out their local attractions instead. My definition of a staycation is somewhere you can get to within 4 or 5 hours by car.
I grew up taking road trips and staycations, as most of us probably did. Taking trips in the full size van with the swivel captains chairs are some of my fondest childhood memories. I remember folding down the backseat and turning it into a bed and watching VCR movies on our 5 inch TV. Minivans having nothing on the fold down backseat bed!
Staycations are not something that is blogged about much because they are not Bougie enough. They are not sexy and they don’t get the clicks. I am here to proudly tell you that staycations may be my favorite vacation. I’ll give you 5 reasons why I say that.
Warning: The photos shared here are from our recent staycation. Note that the smiles on the faces are real. No children were harmed in the making of this staycation.
Everyone’s home state or country has somewhere near by worth visiting. Well maybe not Ohio, I kid I kid, you totally have Michigan and Kentucky to visit :).
This miles and points hobby has opened up the world to us in a way that would not otherwise be possible. That doesn’t mean we should neglect our own backyard though. These are the 5 reasons why I love staycations:
You Can Go At Your Own Pace
The first one is pretty simple. You run your own schedule. There are no flights to catch, no buses to ride to your hotel, no car rental lines etc. You have your vehicle and your destination but you get there however quickly, or slowly, you want to. If you see some tourist trap on the side of the road go ahead and stop. Water does run uphill at The Mystery Spot!
If you want to take an extra long lunch you go ahead and take it. There is no rush on a staycation…you go at your own pace!
This one goes hand in hand with the first point. Fighting traffic getting to the airport, getting through security, checking bags etc. is stressful for most people. If you have a family and you throw in getting toddlers through TSA, it is even worse. Let’s not even mention getting your stroller to properly fold up in front of 100 seething people.
The stress levels drop when you pack up the car with whatever you want, however you want. No tiny carry on luggage needed here. If you want a fifth of Jameson on your staycation there is no agent to snatch that away from you!
Easier to Get Family Together
Most of my extended family doesn’t play the miles and points game, I am looking at you sis! She happens to live in Ohio too…talk about a double whammy. Once again I kid, I kid :).
Since they are not able to jet set around the world and stay in fancy hotels it makes it more difficult to do big family gatherings. I just got back from a trip “up north” (if you are from the Midwest you know what that means) where the whole family was able to get together. We haven’t been able to get everyone together for a trip since we all had kids, it just got too expensive.
Make a Tradition
This one also ties in with the previous point. Since it is easier to get the family together that makes it easier to start and maintain a tradition. Tradition is not a nasty four letter word ( I know it has way more then 4 letters, okay). You can go to Paris, London, Tokyo and still do a gathering in your own backyard, so to speak. No snootiness needed here.
The world is a beautiful, amazing place but so is where you live. I mean you chose to live there right? And since you probably already like it, and it is easier to gather people there, why not do the logical thing and start a tradition there.
Tradition is something that children remember and think back on fondly. It is the thing they will continue with their children. Don’t get me wrong they will love seeing the world, but I bet the simpler trips will be the ones they remember most fondly.
It’s Less Expensive
Last but not least is the almighty dollar. For most people, maybe not us in the hobby, a staycation saves a lot of money. No need for flights, international award taxes & fees, visa fees, passport costs, or car rentals. You can save up some money for your next globetrotting adventure by mixing in a staycation every once in a while.
Going to the same place or on a roadtrip is not a sin. Especially when you can do it in a weekend and salvage your vacation PTO. Sadly, some people in this hobby will try to make you think that though. It probably won’t make your Facebook page or Instagram feed fill up with likes but it will put a big ole smile on your face. At least it does for me :).
Nothing quite recharges my batteries like a simple, affordable, (mostly) stress free good ole staycation!
Let me know in the comments if you love staycations like I do and what kind of traditions you had as a kid or continue with your family today!
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