You have the dates free, so now it’s time to plan. How does one have an introverted, relaxing vacation without leaving your city?
A few months ago, I took myself on a self care staycation. I was burned out (from before I quit my job to become a freelance writer), tired, and needed some space. But I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on travel or go too far from home.
So I booked a hotel in town for two nights and really only saw one person the entire time.
I splurged. I had too much Starbucks (as documented by the only photo I took to remember my staycation) and Panera, and spent the majority of my time locked up in my hotel room.
The entire idea behind this staycation was a bit crazy. You see, my original plan was to isolate myself from everyone and write an entire book in three days.
Guess what I didn’t do.
BUT. It’s for a reason you wouldn’t expect. Instead of writing a book, I took the time to research freelance writing. And that was probably the best thing I could’ve done. It left me inspired, hopeful, and ready for new things.
I know, I know, that doesn’t sound like much of a vacation to you. But don’t worry, this post is about your perfect staycation, not the beginning of my freelance writing career. I promise, this wasn’t my first staycation, so I know a thing or two about these.
Treat Your Staycation Like an Actual Vacation
Don’t work (yes, I stated above that I was researching freelance writing during mine, but at the time it wasn’t work. It was a way to escape from my job). You’re on vacation, right? So treat it like one. Protect this time. Just because you’re still in town doesn’t mean you’re there to work.
Book a Hotel
You don’t have to do this. But if you live with other people who aren’t also taking time off, I’d recommend getting away. It’ll eliminate distractions, the possibility of getting dragged into favors (which is not the point of a vacation), etc.
Be a Tourist in Your Own Town
You know that art museum you haven’t been to in ages? Hit it up. Look into the history of your city. Whether you’ve lived there for your entire life or for three years, there are fun facts and places that you haven’t discovered yet. Who knows, you could find a cool sculpture like this one.
Stay in for a Day
Do what you do to relax. Read a book. Watch Netflix. Do some creative writing. Sleep in. Have a spa day with some sugar scrubs. Light lots of candles. Find whatever makes your introverted heart happy, and then do it. This is your time for you, so do what you love.
And above all, remember that this is your vacation. You’re still in your hometown, but that doesn’t mean you have to act like it. If you want, put yourself off limits to people. Do your thing. Because it’s your vacation.