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(Ultimate Staycation ideas: How to Plan A Staycation is a guest post written by Nicole from Roam with Nicole)
With the world on lockdown and few and far borders open in the world. A staycation may be the only type of trip that most travellers get this year.
Due to the world pandemic, this has become one of my main goals of the year (and from now on) to try and experience my country and city. This also is a totally environmentally friendly way to do my little part for the world due to air travel being one of the top environmental damaging ways to get around the globe. Therefore, “Staycations” are my personal footprint in trying to save the planet, just a little bit.
Experiencing your own country can be a whole adventure in its own. Seeing it in a whole new level will make you fall in love with your hometown all over again. So, the only question you need to ask is how do I turn my weekend into the ultimate retreat??
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How to Plan A “Stay-Cation”: Overview
- Plan it out
- Book a hotel
- See your city through fresh eyes
- Try a new restaurant
- Relaxation time
- Search for events on Facebook
- Go off the grid
- Must do!
- Read A Blog Post About Your Town
Here Is my ultimate guide to the perfect staycation:
Plan it out
Treat your staycation the way you would anything else. Mark those days in the Calendar, don’t make any other commitments. Once you’ve set the date start researching some inspiration and activities to do, then start writing up an itinerary.
Book a Hotel
Sometimes just getting out of the house is the best thing for you! Book that hotel or that cottage somewhere and make the whole thing feel more special for you. You’ll come back feeling refreshed and enlightened.
Is there someplace in the city that you’ve been wanting to try for a while? Whether it’s that 5* hotel, or that log cabin at the river. TREAT yo’self.
See your City through fresh eyes
Be a tourist in your own city. Most people will tell you the same thing. They never have the time to explore their own back garden. Why though? That’s my question. Explore those historical sites and landmarks. See your city and learn about it.
Head to those places that you’ve never been to and search out for tours. Look out for something that will give you the hidden knowledge of your own hometown. Think food gin tours even a haunted ghost walk. I’m sure most towns have it.
Try a New Restaurant
Who says you must travel to try new food? Your city most likely has a variety of hidden gems that you may never even have known about.
Make it a priority to try new food places and try traditional dishes you would never have on a normal time in your city. It’s a STAYCATION after all.
Head over to the other side of the city and try that coffee shop your neighbours talk about. Or head over to that new family restaurant that’s just opened in the “strange” part of town. You never know until you try it once. It may become your favourite spot.
When you go on vacation you would always schedule relaxation time so do this on your Staycation. Life is hectic and always on the go, therefore, when you get the opportunity to relax then steal some time for yourself. Sleep in late, allow yourself that time on the couch and read. Whatever it is that you want to spend time on for yourself, do it.
When I feel burnt out my favourite thing to do is have a well-deserved pamper night – self-care is everything. Nothing soothes my soul like treating myself to a night away from home in a hotel room and doing nothing but watch Disney movies and drink Gin.
Search For events on Facebook!
You never really know what’s out there. Sometimes you can feel that your hometown is “boring” or really that you’ve “done it all”. However, that’s far for the truth. Try searching for events on Facebook. There’ll be a huge variety of events going on that you never thought about; comedy nights, gin tasting and even gallery openings. When you visit a new city you google and research so much to find every hidden secret to the city – to make the best itinerary ever, make the most of the visit. Why not do this in your hometown.? With Facebook being such an open market for anyone you can specifically narrow it down to your interests; from designer sales to pop up bars. I remember looking at it once and found a Scott dog festival… Yes, you can be surrounded all day by scot dogs. Really what would we have done without Facebook?
Go off the Grid
When your abroad you wouldn’t be on the phone to your friend or constantly on social media. Usually because of Wi-Fi or phone signal, then why do this on a Staycation??
Do a social media detox or ignore your emails. Just let it all go and act like you were in another country and get away from it all. Embrace the moment.
Staycations are you vacations away from home so treat it like a holiday. Do what you would do.
When you go away, you make a list of activities you want to do while travelling to make your bucket list that little bit smaller. Or in some cases bigger. Do the same for your staycation. Make a BUCKET LIST! Make a list of adventures that your country has to offer and mark them off whether that Is looking for the loch ness monster or the drive around the Scotland Route 66 (which are both on my list).
Look for fun activities. See if there is some adventures or something that you wouldn’t think you would do. Try hiking up Ben Lomond or find out if you are good at dancing at a Ceilidh. Go crazy and you will create amazing memories.
Read A Blog Post About Your Town
I might be preaching to the choir here, but have you even read a blog post of your hometown? One thing bloggers do is share their highlights. All tourists not just bloggers see a new city with rose-tinted glasses and share the most beautiful parts of your city; different opportunities, best places for food and the endless endeavour to find some hidden gems before anyone else. Remember a travel bloggers job is to persuade you to visit somewhere – they are making you want to visit that chosen destination. They are the perfect place to start for some inspiration to your hometown.
Have you done a staycation??? What are your tips, or do you have any more to add to the list?? Comment and let me know!
Happy Exploring xox
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