'Staycation' is the new buzzword for families looking to save money and still enjoy a relaxing and fun holiday break. It really just means that you visit new places in your home town and enjoy the same activities that you would if you were a tourist on holiday! By saving money and time on accommodation and transport, you could try a new restaurant, buy an experience (sky diving anyone?), invest in a workshop, go to the theatre… the possibilities are endless.
Don't be a bunny this Easter weekend and follow the crowds to the camping grounds. Why not save money, save stress, and enjoy an eggcellent break with your family in your own city?
Budgets are tight these days and we're all looking for ways to save. Save money and enjoy all the creature comforts of home, at home! No accommodation and transport expenses mean huge savings on your Easter break!
2. IT'S LESS STRESS
Because everyone has left the city, there's less traffic, fewer people on public transport, and importantly, there's less work to do when you're on staycation. You won't have to organise accommodation, confirm the accommodation, rush around getting the car serviced for the trip, making lists, and organising everyone's luggage.
3. THERE'S NO PACKING OR UNPACKING
Who enjoys the frantic after work packing job to get everything ready to go? Or trying to untangle the mess you've made of the car boot (or your suitcase) by Sunday afternoon? Or the inevitable loads of dirty laundry to be done on your return?
Restrictions around shopping hours in cities and towns have eased somewhat over the years, so there's plenty of opportunities to hit the shopping strips. You can take short day trips to cool places nearby, like adventure parks, wineries, national parks, beaches and cafés. You can go to the cinema or the theatre and there'll be no mad crowds. Anywhere you go around town will be free of the usual peak hour traffic.
For a real-life way to experience being a tourist, head for your local visitor centre or hit up the information racks in hotel/motel lobbies. There's always a huge range of flyers and booklets full of ideas that are specifically pitched at tourists and picking through these is a great way to uncover new things in your town. Google 'things to do' in your city and use Weekend Notes search functions to uncover hidden events and activities. Check out websites like redballoon.com.au and book yourself an experience like hot air ballooning, jet boating, or sky diving!
The bottom line is that changing the way you see your holiday can open your eyes to new places and experiences. You can save money or spend it on other exciting things! A staycation doesn't have any rules, except to let your imagination run wild and have fun seeing things differently!