A tourist in your own town
Are you starting to plan your annual family holiday?
Think twice before you book an appointment with a travel agent.
The ‘staycation’ is fast becoming the kind of vacation most preferred by financially savvy holidayers.
It was initially invented during the 2007-2008 Global Financial Crisis when many people found themselves cash-strapped and unable to afford a holiday.
The staycation is characterised by people still keen to leave the office for a week or so, without spending the earth to do it.
So how does one go about booking a holiday that feels like you’ve actually left town?
We’ve pulled together a few handy ways to make the most of annual leave without leaving the boundaries of your neighbourhood.
Book a few nights in a local hotel. Nothing says ‘holiday’ more than a night (or four) in a plush hotel room with soft-as-a-cloud sleeping arrangements.
Book a bed at one of the nicest hotels in town and treat yourself to the kind of service tourists to your area would expect to receive. Keep an eye on daily deal or last-minute tourism websites to get affordable prices that won’t break the bank. Go the whole hog while you’re there and lounge around in your room-provided robe and slippers, soak in the spa, and order room service for breakfast – just because you can.
Visit the same attractions in your town that interest tourists.
There must be at least one reason why visitors choose to visit your neck of the woods. What do they know that you don’t? Do a quick Google search and find out what nearby attractions are the most popular with tourists. Maybe it’s a picturesque walk around a lake or along a mountain range. If you haven’t been to your local zoo, museum or aquarium for decades, put them on your list too.
Dine at the best restaurant in town. Maybe your idea of culinary indulgence is fish and chips coupled with a $10 bottle of wine on a Friday night after a long week at work. Here’s your chance to dream a little bigger and book a table at the best restaurant in town. If you’re concerned about price, consider heading there for lunch instead – or just visit a dining destination you’ve never gone to before.
What’s most important is that you don’t do the cooking – or the cleaning up afterwards. Ask your neighbours on Neighbourly.co.nz what restaurants they really rate and go from there.
Cut yourself off from the world. You’re on holiday, so turn off your mobile, pause your email notifications and resist the urge to post pictures of dinner on your regular social media accounts. Make the most of every second to indulge in your oasis away from work.
Ignore your chores. Resist the urge to throw on a load of washing or clean out your kitchen cupboards before you head out for the day. You’ve taken a week off work so dedicate it to the fun things you always wish you had time to do.
A holiday at a beach near you can be just as satisfying as a trip away and at a fraction of the cost.