a vacation spent in one's home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions
The staycation has been around awhile, but as a matter of choice and a way to explore nearby places without traveling too far.
While we have all been living the ultimate mandatory and unexpected “staycation”, it has been very different than the dictionary definition. It has had absolutely nothing to do with traveling. In fact, it has been totally the opposite.
Many vacation plans have been cancelled or postponed and we are all anxious to get away. Travel restrictions may change, but chances are we still will not be going too far anytime soon. The good news is that we can still dream and plan! One of the best parts of a vacation is the anticipation of going. While it may be somewhat difficult to plan at this uncertain time, cancellation policies are extremely flexible.
Actual staycations will be more popular than ever. The truth is any day and anywhere can be an adventure. It doesn’t have to be a week-long escape or a destination across the world. There are probably many experiences close to home that you just have never had time for before. Take advantage of the area you live in and enjoy what it has to offer.
We are lucky to live in a country that is extremely wide and diverse. The United States has so much to offer! From beautiful beaches to national parks full of green forests or dry deserts, get out and explore states and parts of our country you have never seen before. All things considered, wide open spaces are looking very appealing. Take a great American road trip or leave the driving to someone else and try traveling by rail. There are SO many options.
The next normal of travel will be different in many ways and will be constantly evolving. It may not be what we have been used to but will be safer and actually may be better in ways we have not even imagined.
This unexpected staycation has definitely been challenging but not all bad. It has slowed our chaotic schedules enough so that we have been able to focus on and explore what it is that is most important. That may be different for each of us, but we have been given the gift of time to realize that. We have been forced to make the most of it and find the joy in every day - without going anywhere.
No matter where we are or how far we go, there is no doubt that we will appreciate freedom that we previously took for granted. Remember to focus on what makes you happy and enjoy the present moment wherever you are - near or far.
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