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Everyone needs the occasional breather from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. While exotic vacations to remote, sun-soaked beaches and picturesque mountaintop ski resorts can very much fulfill that need, the associated price tag with such lavish vacations can put a grimace on your face and gaping hole in your budget. For those in desperate need of a change of scenery that won’t destroy your budget, a staycation might be just what the doctor ordered.
For most people, vacation is more an ideal rather than anything specific. In other words, vacation is about escaping the ordinary routine with a change of environment. A staycation, of course, can fit that description just as well as an expensive trip to a faraway place, but with far less hassle and burden on your finances.
To that point, a few days spent in a nice hotel or resort that’s already in your city or very close to it can still provide that needed sense of distance from your every day without the hassle and cost associated with airports, car rentals, and everything else that accompanies more extensive travel. At a close by resort, the drinks will still be refreshing, the pool water cooling on your skin, and the pampering still relaxing and rejuvenating.
A staycation can provide you the opportunity to become far better acquainted with your hometown or, at the very least, reveal a side of it you have yet to explore. Whether you live in a large, dense urban area or a more rural region, there’s bound to be places and people you’ve never had the time to discover. Taking the time during your staycation to see new things and live new experiences can reveal an entirely new perspective on your hometown and revitalize what made it special to you in the first place.
The significant amount of money you can save taking a staycation rather than a more extensive, expensive vacation can be set aside for other, more important things while still providing the benefits of a much-needed break from the daily grind. For instance, the money you would typically spend on airfare could give you an important cushion in your savings for life’s emergencies or put you that much closer to a down payment on a home.
It’s tough to overstate the benefits of a relaxing, budget-friendly staycation. While there will always be a time and place for crossing off more exotic locales from your bucket list, a staycation can provide you some needed rest and new surroundings while keeping you on track to your financial goals.