Cast your mind back to your childhood. Did you ever go down to the bottom of your garden, be it a big or small area, to investigate what was under rocks or whether there really was fairies living at the end? Can you recall getting into the car with your parents to drive to your cousins house, and it seeming that you were in the car forever? In truth, it was more than likely just the next town but you were convinced you had been driving for hours and hours and hours. If we think about it, that is probably the first time that we are finding adventure in a staycation, or road trips!
I can remember when I was small, I packed up my red ballet bag, (packed it with 7 pairs of knickers and a wrap around cardi) and decided I was off on an adventure. I walked round to the phone box literally 30 feet away from my house, heaved open the door (which was suddenly the door to a new world in my eyes) and sat on the floor. The pay phone itself was obviously now my space ship phone and the chewing gum stuck to the floor clearly plasma from another world. I was 100% on the best adventure ever!
Finding adventure in a staycation
My point to this ramble, (I promise you there is a point), is that as we get older, we forget that we really can have an adventure much closer to home. There seems to be a slight snobbery in choosing to not jump on a plane to travel, but if we think about it, travel just means leaving your home for somewhere new doesn’t it? For many of us, budget, annual leave constraints, fear of flying, health restrictions, all manor of reasons, can mean that we need to take our holidays or break away, a little closer to home.
Enter stage right the fabulous staycation, micro adventure, or whatever else you want to call it. In my humble opinion, the underrated holiday or mini break. I will always know how very lucky I am that I have been able to travel and see many places in the world. I love that and guarantee you I plan to see many more! (You can see my European wish list in this post, My European Travel wishlist) I also think though, Nik and I can forget that although we live just outside of London, that too makes for a great City break, especially exploring the parts we don’t know as well. We plan on doing that more too!
So, a few years back Nik and I realised that in reality, we had not really seen much of the historical, cultural or just beautiful places in the UK. We started using our weekend to venture out in the car for day trips or over nighters. (There is a whole series on the blog of where we have ventured so far, you can see it here – Exploring Britain). We are also very fortunate to have some flexibility, as I work for myself, and Nik does shift work. This means that he can be off between 3 and 16 days on his shift breaks, so we have learnt to use those breaks wisely.
Does a Staycation appeal to you?
As some of you may know that have followed along with my blog for a while, we are now waiting for Nik to get the go-ahead for the cancer curing operation that he needs with a specialist in Basingstoke. This means that although Nik could technically fly now, the fact that he is still “in treatment” means he can’t get travel insurance without selling a lung, promising our first grandchild to them and letting them take a retina. We find it impossible to not travel, we would go stir crazy, so we will be finding adventure in a staycation for sure this year!
So, other than a trip to Jersey that we are flying to, we are concentrating on the humble stay-close-to-home-trips this summer, and I cannot blooming wait! Obviously, our trusty National Trust card (see how to join here, so budget friendly) will be utilised to the max, with some trips being booked around places we have earmarked to see from their extensive list of options. We also have a hit list in mind of Towns/areas, (including Wales, Isle of Skye, Oxford, Cornwall and The Cotswolds), but please feel free to add any suggestions in the comments. I will gladly add to my list….
So, I would love to hear what you thoughts are on staycations. Do you consider them a worthy break? Are you happy to look for the fairies at the end of your garden? Are you a fan of the micro-adventure? Do you have a fear of flying that means you tend to stay in your home country? Do you feel its only a holiday if you go overseas? I would love to hear what you think. I find it interesting how people view holidays etc. xx