Whether you’re a career-focused "machine", student or entrepreneur, it’s often easy to forget that a whole other world exists outside your everyday routine. A world that perhaps involves sleep-ins, self-indulgence, and dare we say it—“me” time.
While we firmly believe that vacations are always a good idea, we also think that sometimes—having a solid staycation is another a great way to to rest, re-center and re-energize yourself inside and out.
When you feel the need to unwind, relax, and restore, the comfort of your own home may be what you need.
So, if you’re a fan of restorative sleep and saving on travel costs, a chill holiday at home just might be the answer. Here are the top 5 reasons you might opt for staycations this summer.
1. It’s The Best Rest You’ll Ever Get.
While we believe travel provides truly enriching experiences, they’re not always the most stress-free. Travel takes a lot of planning—from searching for flights and hotels, to packing and rushing to the airport. Let’s not forget about how much fun jet lag can be too.
Taking a staycation takes little-to-no planning. You’re staying home, or close to home, so your accommodation is all sorted. There are no changes in time zones and no foreign currency to convert.
Instead, what you will be doing is truly resting, resetting, and unplugging. This is a great time for you to take naps, spend a day at the local spa, get a massage, watch a movie (okay, on a staycation this counts as unplugging), or simply curling up on the couch with a book…all day. It's your time—you deserve it. What do you want? Whatever your idea of rest is, why not do it during your staycation?
2. It’s A Great Way To Rediscover Your City.
Do you have a list of restaurants you want to go to (but haven’t made the time yet?), a hike you want to take, or a local museum on your to visit list? Now’s the time to do it.
Staycations are the perfect opportunity to see your city or hometown with fresh eyes. Fall in love with your local treasures all over again. It’s time to unveil the history and interesting sites you never had time to explore before.
Be a tourist at home. Visit all the main attractions, as well as the lesser-known locations in your vicinity. Take time to appreciate the natural beauty of your surroundings. We promise you’ll walk away with a newfound gratitude for the place you call home.
3. Time To Reconnect With Loved Ones.
A staycation makes you look at time differently. If you so choose, make plans to connect with friends you’ve wanted to see. It also means you can host dinners, have a backyard soiree, or take a picnic with your buds. Why not just get a great group of friends together and rent a beach house or cabin near by? Group staycations can be a fun way to extend your own staycation and mix it up.
A staycation also means more quality time to bond with your significant other and your kids—this also includes plants, furry and imaginary friends.
4. Work On Your Passion Project.
Maybe you have been dreaming about getting into painting, making jewelry, trying archery...[INSERT YOUR PASSION HERE]. Whatever your passion project, or hobby is, a staycation is the ideal time to dip your toe into the water or dive right in—remember it's your staycation.
Leading up to your staycation, if you have time, or on the first day spend time collecting the materials you need—and then it's go time. The way you’ll feel once you’ve completed, or even just started, your passion project, will be utterly priceless.
5. Savor The Little Things.
A staycation is the perfect time to savor all of life’s simplest pleasures—completely guilt-free or as we like to say mindfully present.
The small luxuries in life, like enjoying a hot cup of freshly-brewed coffee, tea, or your brew of choice in the sunshine, or placing your bare feet on the ground in the middle of the day, are often the ones that make us feel the warmest at heart.
Feed your soul by indulging your senses in the simple comforts you don’t have time to for in your everyday life. We believe you’ll be smiling from the inside out.
...and maybe you can take a "souvenir" from your staycation and incorporate some of your new favorites rituals once you return.