The global pandemic has changed the way people holiday. Even today, when the worst appears to have passed, you can’t book a holiday without wondering whether it will be cancelled for health reasons.
That’s not the only reason staycations are becoming extremely popular. Most people have felt the financial hit caused by the pandemic, financial crisis, and even the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In short, you may not feel like you have the budget to go on holiday.
Fortunately, it’s easier than you think to plan a staycation.
Choose Your Week
You’ll probably find it best to take your normal week or two off work. However, if you’re planning a staycation you can choose a different week depending on what is happening in your area and at work.
Any approach is fine as long as you book your time off, just as you would for a traditional holiday.
Consider What’s On
If you normally holiday at the same time every year then you may be missing out on some great local activities. It’s worth taking a look at your area. For example, you can look here to see what’s on in Victoria.
You may be surprised by the number of festivals and events that are happening in your area. Choose the ones you like the look of and book them on your calendar. You can then plan the rest of your staycation around them.
Consider The Local Sites
When you live in an area it’s easy to overlook the best sights in your region. It’s because you see them all the time or are too busy to visit. In effect, you take them for granted.
However, if you’re planning a staycation it’s the perfect time to pretend to be a holidaymaker. Visit the tourist office before your staycation starts and take a look at what is in the area.
You can then pencil in days to visit specific things according to what takes your fancy.
When planning a staycation you need to remember that this is a time to relax and unwind. While you may be surprised at how much there is to do in your area, allow yourself time just to relax. Have a lie-in and breakfast on the deck. It will refresh you.
One of the biggest issues with staying at home is that all your computers and other electronic gadgets are easy to access. That means you’ll find it easy to stay connected. Yet, on most holidays you enjoy more family time as you’re disconnected from the internet.
Consider switching off all electronics either for the duration of your staycation or for most of it, setting times when it is allowed to be used and sticking to them.
If you plan your staycation in the same way that you would view a holiday destination, you’ll find that it’s possible to have the holiday of a lifetime, without staying outside of your own home. You are also likely to learn a lot about your local area!