Staycations are the new green holiday that you have when you spend your annual vacation at home. I think that staycations are often overlooked for the preference of the next exciting holiday or overseas trip. Someone asked me the other day why I don’t go away much, so I thought long and hard about the benefits of a travelling holiday vs a staycation.
And do you know what? I personally prefer them for a few reasons. They are much better for the environment and for you as well. Let me list a few for you.
When you have a staycation instead of taking a long trip either by car or plane, you don’t emit any additional GHG in the process. It is an unfortunate fact that if you do take any sort of trip by car, train, or plane either domestic or international you usually blow a whole lot of carbon emissions into the atmosphere. That’s no good for anyone.
Yes, you can carbon offset, but how many people actually take this additional step. Not many I would think.
Whilst you’re home, why not jump on your bike and go for a ride? You may even discover some places around your town or city that you didn’t know existed!
I don’t know about you, but I am stress-less when I am here at home. Pottering around in the veggie patch, pruning fruit trees, or even cleaning out the chooks are pleasurable experiences when on a staycation. But look out when I fire up the backyard clay oven! That’s when the fun really starts and any stress from work just melts away.
Pizza topped with home-grown garlic, with a little sea salt, and lashings of homemade mozzarella. Now that’s a good time! Throw in some home-brew beer and the staycation is completely stress free.
A good staycation is very cheap indeed. You are already paying for rent or a mortgage on your home. So there is no massive budget blowout, no cost for accommodation, no cost for car hire or taxis, none for visiting theme parks, and of course no debt when you return home.
I know of so many people who save a small fortune each year to go on their annual or even six monthly holiday, which could probably be better served paying down debt and helping them to retire much earlier. I also know of people who get into massive debt just to go abroad each year. Crazy stuff.
Do a bit of gardening at home with your own saved seed to get instant gratification with no costs at all. It certainly beats going to the gym or any other holiday distractions.
Sure you can visit the latest fancy pants eco-resort, but you still have to pay for it and travel there and back. Long haul travel is just so tiring and boring.
How many times have you been on holiday only to be relieved to get home again wishing that you never went away in the first place? Save the disappointment and just enjoy the company of your own home. There is nothing quite as nice as sleeping in your own bed!
Other cool things you could do on your staycation is to visit the local library and catch up on a few books that you’ve been meaning to read. Most people read a good book when they are on holiday, so instead of travelling thousands of kilometres, read it at home! Simple really.
Disagree or Agree
So now that I have listed some of the reasons why I think that staycations are the new green holiday, it’s your turn to chime in. Have I convinced you yet?
Let me know about your latest staycation in the comments, and why you prefer them. If you don’t agree, let me know why you think they are better for you and the environment than a staycation.
Free holidays don’t count by the way. I would love to read your thoughts.