Susan Barnes – aka travlin’ girl – is a travel writer, editor and photographer. A proud Army brat, she was born on a military base in Belgium and has been on the go ever since, and makes Tampa her home with her husband and miniature schnauzer, Lucy. In addition to writing extensively for print and online media, Susan is a co-host of #girlstravel chat on Twitter, Mondays at 2 p.m. ET. Feel free to follow her via travlingirl.com, and on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. She’s currently in Newfoundland on an adventure with her the perfect travel dress in “Daisy!” (not pictured)
A few years ago, when the recession (or whatever you’d like to call it) hit hard vacations were out on the back burner and staycations became all the rage. I’m not one to take vacation and stay close to home – I’d rather get out and explore someplace I’ve never been. But a recent opportunity to get away close to home may have changed my mind; on occasion, anyway.
A luxury hotel recently opened in our home city, and I was invited to stay with my husband and our pup. This truly was a staycation opportunity: the hotel is less than three miles from our home.
The Perfect Travel Dress? Here are a few of the benefits I found about staycationing:
- Many of us take our everyday surrounds for granted. For example, when we lived in Washington, DC, we rarely visited the museums (unless guests were in town). Now, living in Florida, getting to the beach is more often than not tossed aside in favor of housework, errands and other real life stuff. On a staycation, though, we were far enough away from home to let those things go, and to do what visitors do: take in a museum, go on a bike tour, or simply walk around and really see those things that we zoom by while driving through.
- We’re habits of routine, and the same can be said in regards to our dining habits: we eat at the same places (albeit mostly independents), and rarely add to our list. Our staycation gave us the opportunity to try someplace new, and what do you know – it’s now on our go-to list!
- Small luxuries can mean the most. We have one TV in our house, so getting to watch TV in bed is a small, welcome indulgence for us. What’s more, so is sleeping in! Both things we got to do during our staycation.
- Our dog Lucy is certainly part of our family, and having her travel with us is the norm. It’s nice when we can all go as a family, and our staycation wasn’t any different. I think she enjoyed getting away, too, especially with all the new smells to investigate. Just look at that smile.
How about you? Do you staycation, and if so, where was your last?