By now, you’ve surely heard of the “staycation,” a vacation at or close to home. Yawn. Not that there aren’t good things about them; they do give you time to hit that long to-do list you never seem to have the time or energy for, like painting the bathroom, or re-sodding that bald patch in the backyard. Fun!
You can also indulge in gratifying afternoon siestas that can be as long or short as you want them to be – awesome. Plus, you can park yourself on the couch and binge-watch your favorite Netflix® episodes to your heart’s content while enjoying your favorite snacks. Yay!
Vacation Instead of Staycation
But why spend your hard-earned, precious time off “staycationing” when you could be visiting never-explored destinations and experiencing a whole range of new and exciting people, places and points of interest? Besides, if what you do on your staycation can be done over any long weekend (or even at night after work), isn’t that a waste of your paid vacation time?
Vacations are good for your body, mind and soul.
A vacation takes you somewhere different. Away from home…and the familiar, and the same old routine, day in and day out. They provide a much-needed change of scenery as well as a physical and emotional reset by exposing you and your loved ones to new and exciting places, people and shared experiences that you just can’t find at home.
- Enjoy outdoor family activities: From horseback riding and zip lining to snorkeling, kayaking or snowtubing, family-fun activities are an excellent way to strengthen family bonds and create lasting vacation memories.
- Meet and mingle with the locals: Often, vacation destinations take you to towns or areas with their own unique culture. Ask locals where the best places are to get an authentic feel of your vacation destination.
- Immerse yourself in history: Lots of U.S. vacation destinations are located in areas of historical significance, including historic Williamsburg, Charleston, New Orleans and St. Augustine to name but a few, so find a tour or explore at your own pace. It’s an engaging and entertaining way to enrich your own knowledge about the history of our country.
- Explore the newest family-fun attractions: Attractions and theme parks near popular vacation destinations are perfect for family vacations. They also give adults a chance to reconnect to their inner child and rediscover their sense of wonder and fun!
So if you’ve got time off coming up, don’t staycation! Instead, make the most of it – get refreshed, get reinvigorated, and get away on vacation!