Got the time off work but not the funds to travel? In this harsh economic environment, not everyone can afford a vacation, which is why the concept of a staycation has become so popular. But both come with their own set of pros and cons. Find out which option might work best for you.
First lets’ look at some benefits of the staycation.
Obviously the biggest factor in opting for a staycation is the cost. Flights, hotel rooms and eating out are all costly and can be avoided on a staycation. Staycations also tend to offer more relaxation. Although vacations can be relaxing, travel always brings some amount of stress, including packing and getting to and from your destination. As long as you avoid stresses that may come from daily life, relaxation is a much more viable option during a staycation.
There is also much less chance of getting lost during a staycation. You know the area so there is much less risk of ending up somewhere you’re not familiar with or following a GPS into the middle of nowhere. A staycation also opens your eyes to many local places you may not have visited otherwise. This is a point made by Katie Lara, blog writer at Traveling Panties. Lara also points out that “At the end of your trip, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of getting home. You’ll be back in a snap, restored and renewed.”
Of course, there are a lot of great things about traveling that must be considered as well:
Traveling gives you the opportunity to meet new people. Staycations will revolve around the same group of people you see on a daily basis, while traveling will give you the opportunity to meet different people and learn things about their culture. Traveling is also a great inspiration. Traveling can bring new discoveries and revelations whether they are about new environments or about yourself. Also, the feeling of getting out of your day to day routine can alleviate depression.
Another nice thing about a vacation is that it offers you so many places to go including cruises, beach houses, exotic destinations, or other states you’ve never seen before. A staycation is more limiting in that respect.
With the rising popularity of staycations, some hotels are focusing on advertising programs which attract more local area residents. Kim Britton, director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa reports that about 30 percent of all bookings are coming from locals and believes the number will continue to rise this summer. “People are getting away, even if they’re staying in state or closer to home. They still wish to have that opportunity to make memories together in places that are beyond their usual day to day.”
Of course for those who are in the travel camp, there are plenty of ways to cut back on expenses if you educate yourself on how to protect you and your things and do a lot of budgeting. It’s good to do plan carefully to avoid financial snags.
So which camp are you in? Vacation or staycation? Leave your opinion in the comments section.