I’ve been taking the concept of a ‘staycation’ to a whole new level recently as I’ve been taking holidays close to home. REALLY close to home. A few weeks ago I even went on holiday just half an hour from home when I visited Llangollen. Yes, I packed a suitcase, filled up the car and set off on holiday. And within 30 minutes I was there.
Most of us think of holidays as being hundreds of miles away; possibly a plane journey away and to somewhere completely new and exotic. New and exotic is awesome but simple, relaxing and fun is equally as awesome too – especially when you have limited time and funds AND an 3 month old baby.
It wasn’t long ago that I wouldn’t have considered a holiday so close to home. But things change; life changes, priorities change and having a baby definitely changes everything.
I’m sure you’ve already guessed that I love travelling abroad, but since having George it’s not easy to book a last minute flight and set off on an overseas adventure. I don’t want that to stop me travelling so I’m finding new ways to keep exploring without making life too difficult.
As I’ve got older I’ve also felt differently about travelling. There was a time when I wanted to whizz around the world and see and do as much as I possibly could. I wanted to tick places off my bucket list and visit as many new countries as I could. But travelling and holidays aren’t always about the ‘newness’. They’re about spending time with your friends and family, relaxing, enjoying your surroundings and having a break from the norm.
To my surprise, I loved my staycation holiday just as much as I loved any other holiday I’ve taken recently.
I live on the border of North Wales so I’m pretty lucky that there are so many amazing places to visit within a stones throw of home. But wherever you live in the world, I’m sure you’ll have somewhere gorgeous nearby.
Here are just a few of the reasons why I love holidays close to home
- They’re great if you’re short on time as you don’t spend half of your weekend travelling
- You save money on travel expenses
- It’s easier if you’re travelling with kids or pets
- You probably know a little about the local area so you don’t need to do so much research
- It’s easier to book something last minute if you realise you’re going to have amazing weather for the weekend (that’s such a British thing to say!)
- It’s easier to get a big group of friends or family together if you’re not going far
- You can still feel like you’re a million miles from home, even if you’re just down the road
What do you think about taking holidays close to home? Do you have any more reasons to love them to add to the list?