Friday, 5 September 2014

On Staycations, Vacations and Celebrations : 5 Great Reasons to Take a Staycation

One of the reasons why I love  August is that aside from the fact that it is my husband's birthday month, the Philippines is also celebrating Ninoy Aquino's Day and the National Heroes Day which usually takes place every 3rd weekend of August. Now talking about long weekends huh!   I really look forward to these long weekend holidays!

It has been a family tradition for 5 years already to celebrate these holidays and hubby's birthday at the same time. We usually go on an out of town vacation, travel domestic or international, but for this year, we decided to go on a staycation instead.



What is a Staycation?

A staycation is a period in which an individual or family stays home or in their local area instead of travelling domestically or internationally and participates in leisure activities within driving distance. It usually includes day trips to local tourist sites, swimming venues, or engage in fun activities such as horseback riding, hiking or visiting museums, but most of the times involves dining out more frequently than usual.

My husband celebrated his 40th Birthday with a family staycation at a nearby hotel, here are the reasons why we chose staycation over vacation :

Act like a tourist in your own city
Even if  you've been in the same city/town your whole life, chances are you are not updated of the newest restaurants, spas or "gimmick-an" in the area. By acting like a tourist in your own city, it will help you discover new places and be able to try to experience things you never knew about.



Save Money
Don't get me wrong, of course you will still spend for your hotel and food, but taking staycation will eliminate the need for air tickets and reduce gasoline expenses. You can even save by bringing some "baon", now that's truly Pinoy :-).

Another "tipid tip", once that you're decided to book a hotel of your choice, get a hotel membership card first before booking, trust me it's "super sulit!".




Fun for the Whole Family
Plan exciting activities for the whole family. This can be a visit to the zoo, swimming or just simply enjoy the bath tub with the kids.




Less Stress than a Vacation and Stay Comfy
You don't have to wake up early so that you will not miss a flight, or think about lost luggage or  excess baggage. "Relax Relax din pag may time!"




No pre-vacation planning and to-do-list
Packing for four is sometimes stressful and  planning a vacation sometimes is not fun at all especially if you don't have the time.




What are you waiting for? Get a calendar and set your next staycation.

Special Thanks to :
Marco Polo Manila  for the superb service, upgrades and freebies.