Our expectations around travel have experienced a seismic shift over the past year. As international borders - and even state ones - have closed, many people have looked for ways to holiday closer to home.
Not surprisingly, staycations - where you stay at home and explore all the delights of your local area that you may not usually have time to appreciate - are seeing a renaissance.
The first benefit of a staycation is that there is no need to book accommodation! You can simply plan all your activities from your home base. Pulling together an itinerary that includes several day trips allows you to see places within your region that you might not otherwise get the chance to experience. You may even discover a new favourite local gallery, cafe, walking trail or swimming spot when you start to view your home as a destination in its own right.
For your staycation to give you the replenishment you need, it’s important that you give yourself the space to do some exploring in nature. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that spending time in nature is good for mental wellbeing. Especially if you have kids, a staycation is a good time to ditch the screens and enjoy some time outside!
However, bushwalks, outdoor swims and simply spending time enjoying the natural environment is often something we don’t prioritise when we are under the pump. With the extra time and slower pace that a staycation allows, it can be the most rejuvenating thing of all. Visiting a national park, local nature reserve or nearby beach or river are easy - and free! - ways to begin reconnecting with the great outdoors on your staycation.
Lyndey Milan, OAM, Australian media personality and avid foodie and traveller says, “with overseas borders, and even many within Australia, closed, now is the time for a staycation. Like anything, planning will ensure you have the very best staycation you can.”
Most staycations are more affordable than usual holidays so treat yourself to something special. Those things you love to do, but don’t usually have time for, or something you’ve never tried but always wanted to. And remember - no housework is allowed on holiday – so book a cleaner to come in after your staycation.
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