Some of the most common concerns I receive from people who want to travel are:
They don’t have the time to take a vacation.
They can’t find anyone to go with them.
They don’t have the money to travel.
They are scared to fly to a far away place they’ve never been before.
My advice to them is to take a staycation. What is a staycation?
A staycation is a vacation spent in one's own country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
Over the last few years, Siya and I have been taking more staycations. Most recently, we took a 4-day staycation with 6 of our friends and 5 babies in Skead, Ontario, located about 5 hours from Toronto. It's an area in Ontario we hadn't even heard of. It's pretty great what you can discover in your own backyard.
There are several reasons to choose a staycation for your next getaway. The following are my top reasons:
You Don't Have to Travel Far to Explore Some Place New
The beauty about a staycation is you don’t need to go far to have a good time. Exploring your own backyard can be just as new and exciting as hopping on a plane and flying half way across the planet. You may be surprised at what you'll find only a short drive away from where you live. Think of it this way, there are people all over the world wanting to travel to where you're from. They've been saving up money, researching all the great things to see, do and eat and all of it is only steps away from you. Aren't you lucky!
Your Friends and Family Are More Likely to Join You
Since you aren’t travelling too far from home, taking a 3 or 4-day staycation becomes more doable. You can take that upcoming long weekend and head to cottage country with a bunch of friends to disconnect and reconnect. That’s what Siya and I recently did when we travelled Skead with our best friends and all the kiddos. We rented out a lake front log cabin on the water that we found through Glamping Hub. The place is absolutely gorgeous and can accommodate up to 16 guests. There's a large open concept living area, games room with pool, foosball, and ping-pong tables, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor teppanyaki grill, brick wood-fired oven, bbq and sauna. It was the perfect staycation location to relax and have some good laughs with great friends.
It Can Be Very Budget Friendly
When you don’t have a plane ticket, car rental, visas, vaccinations, etc to pay for, your travel costs are reduced quite a bit. Since your friends and family are more likely to join you, travel costs get greatly reduced for everyone. The cost for the lake front cottage rental I mentioned above would have been much higher if it was just Siya and I, but since we rented it over a long weekend, more of our friends could join which reduced the cost, making it very affordable.
You Become More Patriotic
If you've never really travelled before, feeling nervous is extremely normal. It's very common to fear the unknown. A staycation is a great place to start for those wanting to travel but are perhaps too nervous to go very far. Not only does a staycation give you a taste of what it's like to explore some place new, it can make you feel more appreciative and patriotic to your own country.
Over the past few years, Siya and I have been exploring more of the surrounding area from where we grew up. The more I’ve seen, the more I fall in love with our province of Ontario and Canada as a whole. It is so damn beautiful, and so many of the most stunning places in our country are only hours away from where we live. When travellers from other countries ask me what my favourite country is, without hesitation I say Canada (India is a close second). I’m definitely more proud of where I live having seen and experienced more of this beautiful country.
Have you taken a staycation? If so, where did you go?
Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.