How To Have a Staycation (And Actually Enjoy It)

August 31, 2015


Oh the infamous “staycation.”

Urban Dictionary defines it as “a vacation that is spent at one’s home enjoying all that home and one’s home environs have to offer” (there are some other more colourful definitions too).

I personally LOVE the idea of getting a hotel or B&B in your home city and being a tourist for a day. But I think staycations are easier said than actually done.

There’s nothing wrong though with wanting to go out and see the world. But sometimes it’s just a bit hard to find the time. If, however, you are a lucky person who happens to find the place that they want to visit then great. There are loads of places in the world that you might be interested in going to. For example, you might like the idea of staying in the EVEN Hotel Eugene, but there are so many other places that you could go to. For some people, they just need to get away from every day life and go explore somewhere new and exciting. I have one friend who has to get away whenever they can, so much so, that they are now using a company called NetJets to help them travel more. Most of the time though, people just don’t have a lot of time to go on vacation, which is why a lot of us take a staycation.

Staycations in places like this resort victoria can be really nice because they let you relax without all the pressure of planning a vacation. No flights to book and no airport transfers to worry about and not to mention, no language barrier. Staycations are about seeing your city from a new perspective; doing things you’ve always wanted to do and noticing new things too.

However, staycations do require a little bit of planning. Here’s your very own guide on how to have a staycation.

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+ Get a room.

Staycations can be spent at home but I think getting out of the house is a key part of the whole “vacation” thing. Look for a new neighbourhood to spend a night or two in or even just try out that cute hotel you pass by every day.

Related: The Ever-famous How To Travel on a Budget Post

+ Play pretend.

The most important part of how to have a staycation that feels like a vacation is making sure you convince yourself you’re actually on vacation.
This is also the hardest part (esp if you stay at home) because you’re so used to seeing your world in a certain work/school/tons-of-stuff-to-do way. Turn off your phone and don’t give into seeing your friends even if it’s just for a coffee. With a little effort, it can feel so nice to be a bit disconnected; just go with the flow.

Related: How to be Productive While Traveling

+ Plan something!

While this might sound contradictory to what I just said, your staycation doesn’t have to be a large abyss of empty time. Go try that roller-rink or go on a pub crawl to places you’ve never been. Like I said, staycations are about relaxing but also seeing your city in a new way.

With a little planning, staycations can really be awesome (even though I’ll admit the closest I’ve come to having a real staycation was staying in a hotel down my street in NYC when a mercury thermometer broke and we had to evacuate #oopsie). But hey, it’s on my to-do list and at least now I have a guide!

What are your tips on how to have a staycation? Any funny stories?

*header image from here

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  • Mlle Coconath August 31, 2015 at 06:05

    Great post!


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  • Paola August 31, 2015 at 06:23

    Interesting post, as usual!!
    Kisses, Paola.


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  • Romantiquely August 31, 2015 at 06:30

    This is such a wonderful idea, and a lot more wallet friendly! Also you always manage to look so cute, you’re really pretty!! xxxxx

    • Pia S August 31, 2015 at 11:08

      Aw, you’re making me blush! Thank you <3

  • missgetaway August 31, 2015 at 07:41

    Love this! I’ve recently written about smth like that too and honestly, gotta love staycations huh ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love, Kerstin

    • Pia S August 31, 2015 at 11:08

      Staycations are the bessst!

  • Elyse August 31, 2015 at 09:51

    It’s nice to have a little ‘staycation!’ I love to look up hiking trails and parks nearby, it’s amazing the hidden gems you can find that you never knew were so close to you!
    Great post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Pia S August 31, 2015 at 11:09

      Oooo, yeah going for hikes in new places is always like a mini-adventure.

  • clara mcmillan August 31, 2015 at 09:59

    Love this! The pictures are so lovely!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire

  • Sara Meireles August 31, 2015 at 11:50

    nice post

    love it



  • Ela BellaWorld August 31, 2015 at 14:16

    That’s interesting and such a good idea. I should also consider that ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Jessica Prain August 31, 2015 at 14:58

    Such a great idea ! I will have to plan a staycation very soon ! So much easier than all the planning involved for a vacation haha – although they are equally probably more amazing :p


    • Pia S September 1, 2015 at 04:20

      Agreed! I love seeing new places on vacation but finding new things right at home can be fun too!

  • Pastellics August 31, 2015 at 15:51

    Great plan! I really enjoy staycations. Okay yes, I did a trip to Nice for a week beginning of July, but this seems like ages ago haha! So I did some trips to Antwerp & Ghent in my own country, and also did a citytrip to Rotterdam, the Netherlands, just for one day of being a tourist in a country so closeby. Thanks for sharing these tips dear!

    XO IMKE | Pastellics

    • Pia S September 1, 2015 at 04:21

      All those trips sound amaaazing! I love going on little weekend trips too. Ghent seems like it would be lovely. Thanks for reading Imke!!

  • Katya Bychkova | StyleSprinter August 31, 2015 at 22:58

    I also love the idea of staycation! I live in NYC and there are so many unknown places (like the one that you explored) that staycation seems like an absolutely doable idea. Thanks for the travel inspiration! xoxo

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    • Pia S September 1, 2015 at 04:21

      NYC is definitely one of the best places to do this. Glad you liked the post Katya!

  • Kat Horrocks September 1, 2015 at 05:20

    I love a good staycation! My favourite thing to do in Summer is to just spend the day sunbathing in the garden, reading and relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚ it feels like I’m on holiday as I’m usually inside working on my laptop and it’s completely free!

    Kat |

    • Pia S September 2, 2015 at 01:58

      I totally agree; if I can get off my computer, it feels 10x more relaxing!

  • rae September 1, 2015 at 06:13

    Staycations are a great idea when you do not have a lot of time or extra cash. I love the idea of actually booking a hotel where you live or close to where you live. You can then top it off with doing more touristy things and experience your city or the area around you through tourist eyes.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Pia S September 2, 2015 at 01:59

      Exactly! Playing tourist can be a lot of fun actually haha.

  • Diane September 1, 2015 at 14:02

    I love staycations!! You have a great plan! I love doing staycations during the winter, bundled up by the fire reading a book and exploring the city! Great blog, I look forward to new posts.


    • Pia S September 2, 2015 at 01:59

      Aw thank you so much Diane! That staycation sounds perrrrrfect.

  • Pati September 1, 2015 at 17:36

    Staycation is definitely not for me :((( I live in a small place where there’s nothing to do and I actually get depressed to have to spend my holidays here…

    I invite you to visit my travel blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Pia S September 2, 2015 at 02:00

      Thanks for reading Pati. I’m going to check out your blog right now!

  • Sheree September 1, 2015 at 21:04

    Staycation is a great idea for a long weekend and there is always places to discover and explore.

    xo Sheree

  • Mimosas and Manhattan September 2, 2015 at 01:01

    I for one am in great need of a SERIOUS staycation! This is a perfect post!


  • Rainbow-Rose Blossom September 2, 2015 at 02:22

    I love the idea of it, just to find a cute place and to explore in your own city, I mean why not?!?!

  • Dice Limbaga September 3, 2015 at 10:16

    great idea! I need a staycation now ๐Ÿ™

    Dice, Wildest Heart

  • Lauren September 7, 2015 at 21:28

    Oye I bask in a staycation probably a little more often than I should ? it’s definitely a great way to explore your hometown though! I also always spoil myself to some delivery- Vietnamese pho and spring rolls never disappoint.


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