I am a homebody. I’m perfectly content puttering around the house, and I don’t like to travel. I’m afraid of flying, and I get antsy in the car for long trips. Most of all, I much prefer my nice clean house – especially the nice clean bathrooms in my nice clean house – over the questionable at best cleanliness in even the nicest hotels. You may think that is all weird, but it’s me. That’s why I was so excited about our recent summer staycation – and it was fabulous. Let me take a moment to sing the praises of the staycation:
- The weather – it was perfect. Sunny and cool at the end of June. I know that was just dumb luck on our part, but it was wonderful. And the nice thing about a staycation is that had the weather not been perfect on any given day, we could have easily rearranged our plans rather than being tied down to a tight schedule the way we would have been if we would have been far from home.
- Flexibility – again, no tight schedule. We woke up when we wanted, headed out to each day’s activity when we were ready, stayed as long as we wanted each place… it was great.
- Relaxation – at the end of each day, we got to come home and just hang out, again in our nice clean house. And we got to just veg. When I was growing up, my dad – aka the Energizer Bunny – always packed our family vacations so full of activities each day that it left little time for relaxation. My favorite vacation memory was the time my mom told my dad that he could go sight seeing on his own one afternoon because we were just too hot and tired to do any more that day. My mom and I went back to the hotel, split an apple juice and a bag of Cheetos from the vending machine, and watched a movie in the hotel room. It was heavenly.
- Less expensive – each place we visited we already had memberships or we had already purchased discount tickets months earlier when we had the opportunity. So it felt like everything was free because we had already paid for everything. And we were able to eat at home each evening instead of having to eat out. Unless we decided wanted to go out for a nice dinner for fun – again with the flexibility and relaxation.
- No recovery – there was no unpacking, no mounds of laundry to do at the end of the week. Aside from putting away a few new random gift shop purchases everything was back to normal right away.
So thank you, staycation, for a wonderful week. I hope to do it again next year! My husband is a homebody like me, so I know he’d be up for it. I’m not sure how long we can keep our daughter convinced that staying home is the way to go though… She recently convinced our neighbors that we are taking a trip to Egypt soon (To clarify, we have no plans to visit Egypt, but she does. She is actually planning a trip there. She loves everything about ancient Egypt, so she’s bound and determined that she is going – whether or not we choose to accompany her!), and when we were at Pottery Barn Kids picking out her new backpack for school she was more interested in trying out suitcases and luggage she’ll need for her trip to Egypt. Our staycation days may be numbered if she has anything to say about it! I’ll just enjoy staying home at “our happy place” for now.