This year I decided to forgo distant travels and enjoy my hometown for vacation. There is something sort of romantic about seeing your city through the rose colored glasses of a visitor--no day-to-day worries, just pure unadulterated fun! I'll admit that one of the draws of a staycation is the idea of sleeping in my own bed and never having to worry about whether or not I packed the right wardrobe (picture me freezing in my summer dress in still wintery Rome!). You have all the fun of traveling with none of the hassle.
A staycation is a great way to indulge in the simple pleasures you can't always enjoy when you travel--like sleeping in or spending an afternoon dallying on the porch. When you travel, you want to maximize your time enjoying the magic of the destination you find yourself in--getting the most out of museums, restaurants, nature walks...and so forth. Of course, the excitement of being in a new place and saturating your senses with new experiences is awesome, but sometimes what you really need out of a vacation is a little R&R. A staycation allows you to truly rest and enjoy the comfort of your own home.
I also love that it encourages you to see your city in a new light--and hopefully take some of that carefree magic into your everyday life. After my staycation, I felt more motivated to enjoy the events and places of my town on a weekly basis. So if you want to try a staycation this year--or just add a little more fun to your summer, check out my tips for a magical staycation below.
1. No schedules! While it's true you'll want to make sure you catch that museum show or work in that trip to the mountains, you want to avoid penciling in all your free time. In fact, you should start each day with no real plans, only a handful of suggestions of what you might do. I learned this from one of my favorite Audrey Hepburn movies, Roman Holiday, in which the heroine insists on no schedules while she takes a day out of her princess-ing duties to simply enjoy herself--just one of the few travel tips I've learned from Miss Hepburn.
2. Sleep in. Have a lazy breakfast. Linger over your cup of coffee. This will help you avoid the temptation to over-schedule yourself. It's also pretty delicious to sleep in on a weekday when you know the rest of the world is at work.
3. Indulge. You know if you were on vacation, you'd be having that glass of wine with lunch or that afternoon gelato...so why not do it while you're staycationing? Have your ice cream cone. Savor that decadent lunch. Splurge on that dress. Go out to your favorite restaurant dressed to the nines. Take a long nap under a shady tree.
4. Make time for the things you love--but don't always have the energy for. I personally love looking at art, going to festivals, and yes, dancing (as you well know). That said, I don't always feel like doing any of these things after a busy work week (the allure of wearing pajamas all day is just too much to resist). During my staycation, I went to a local wine festival, several dance events, and even a film screening (after a martini at my favorite bar).
5. Be a tourist in your own city--minus the fanny pack and frumpy tennis shoes. I know this might sound super obvious, but it's important to point out that a staycation is a time to see the important stuff in your city that you wouldn't otherwise check out, like that historical monument or gorgeous nature reserve--or the host of seasonal activities and events that you say you will go to each year but never do.
What do you enjoy most about staycationing?
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