In praise of the staycation

Posted by Stacy Baas on June 18, 2012 0 Comments

It’s June already and summer travel season has started. And while there’s nothing more exciting than a big, summer trip to someplace exotic or adventurous, I’m increasingly finding that some of the most satisfying vacations are the ones close to home.

I started to embrace this idea a few years ago, when my husband and I realized we hadn’t seen some of the really wonderful towns, parks and attractions within driving distance of our home in Seattle. We decided that rather than one big trip, we would do a number of small ones that summer, taking in some of the sights we were ashamed to admit we hadn’t seen despite the fact we’d lived in the area almost 5 years. We started with a long weekend in Lake Chelan, followed it with a day trip to Whidbey Island, then a glorious week in Bend, Oregon. We even had dinner at the top of the Space Needle that summer, just to say we had done it. Maybe those aren’t big name destinations, but that was one of the most memorable summers we’ve had, and we’re replicating the approach this summer from our new-ish home base of Northern California.

I think the thing that makes a staycation so satisfying is that you get all the benefits of a vacation with far fewer stresses. You know that old joke about needing a vacation from your vacation? Not so true when your vacation is a leisurely jaunt down the road. I had a friend recently whose “vacation” included two full days watching summer blockbusters at her local movie theater. It can be as simple (and satisfying) as that.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a big, ambitious trip that requires lots of planning, a passport, and a dictionary of foreign phrases. But the staycations do a really great job of keeping me going in between those trips. And more importantly, they remind me that home really is the place I love best. 

What's your favorite staycation? 

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