This summer more than ever I’m looking forward to having a chance to relax after the challenges we’ve faced over the last few months. I’ll definitely be staying close to home, rather than jumping on a plane this year.
The good news is that staycations are the new vacations
I won’t be alone because Staycations or holistays, where you holiday in your country rather than travelling abroad, look set to be a popular choice this summer.
As well as avoiding the risks associated with air travel, staycations usually involve less preparation and travelling than an overseas trip, meaning less hassle and you don’t need a holiday to recover from your holiday!
Plus it’s an opportunity to give the economy a much needed boost.
How can you make the most of your staycation or holistay?
Here are my three top tips if you plan to travel in your own country:
1. Choose your destination carefully – as with all holidays, consider what you want most from the break to help you decide where to go. Are you looking for a forest-based hideaway or a stay near the beach?
2. Do you research – spend a little time researching accommodation, the area and local activities to make sure you get what you’re expecting. Looking at independent reviews is always helpful.
3. Plan for good and bad weather – we all know how changeable the weather can be. So remember to look into activities that are suitable for wet and windy days as well as sunny ones and to pack for all weathers.
And my three top tips if you plan to stay home:
1. Carve out time to relax – You can focus on your fitness or take a few days out to curl up with a good book, build in time to focus on yourself.
2. Try new things – There will be little gems close to home, I recently found a nature reserve less than 45 mins from my home! Look out for historic buildings, nature parks and restaurants you’ve never visited before. You may just find a new favourite!
3. Retreat from home – have you considered a virtual retreat? It could play an integral part in your staycation plans.
It’s an opportunity to step out of your usual routine, have some much needed me-time and a chance to take stock and make positive changes.
Sounds strange…how can I rest and relax virtually?
I realise it may sound a little strange…you’re probably thinking how can I rest and relax virtually? As Tracey said, who attended our recent retreat:
“A virtual retreat – sounds odd – but is amazing and refreshing through the power of zoom; in fact I may not have attended a physical retreat; it has shown me the importance of topping up my own resilience levels in the company of inspiring women – I feel ready to bounce forward into the ‘new normal’ thank you Jenny.”
Whatever you do, stay safe and enjoy!