Hotel Staycation

There are vacations where you temporarily visit another city, state or country and take in all these new places have to offer and then there are staycations where you stay in your own city and act like a tourist. Both are great ideas for something fun to do, and both have their advantages and disadvantages but if you choose a staycation for this year’s holiday, what about still going to a hotel?

Usually staycations mean you use your house as your home base and you take trips out daily to things in and around your city. It may be that museum you have always wanted to go to but never got around to it, it could be a new water park that just opened, it could be a trip to a nearby park to do things like canoeing that you always wanted to try. At the end of the day, you go home to sleep and do something fun the next day till the staycation is over. What if, instead of going home you checked into a hotel, right in your own city? It’s like a vacation and a staycation all in one and while it may be more expensive than just going home, it adds some excitement to your holiday.

Staying in a hotel is always fun. There are different beds, different layouts, things like the pool and gym to check out, and they usually have a bar or restaurant attached for easy snacks, meals and unwinding times too. Staying in a hotel offers you something different from the same old routine. It gets you up and out in the morning and offers you a warm and comforting atmosphere when you return. You don’t have to make the beds or pick up the towels and yet you come back to a perfect room at day’s end.

Hotels these days have WiFi and other amenities to make it just like home while having a little adventure and you don’t have to stay long, just a night or two will up the fun factor of a staycation and give you different memories that you can share. They also always have plenty of information about nearby places and events that you may have missed. So play tourist in your own town, it’s fun and you’ll learn a lot about where you live, and while it’s always nice to go home again, check into a hotel, if only for a night. You’ll be glad you did!

Staycations: A DIY Getaway

If you’re like most people, the end of January is just the time of the year when you get a little stir crazy. The seemingly endless snowstorms, extreme temperatures, and let’s face it, the post-holiday slump, combine to create an overwhelming gloomy mood. It’s the perfect time to change the mood in your home with an easy, cost effective vacation. Unlike typical getaways, this one requires little to no traveling. With a little creativity, you and your loved ones will soon see those frowns turned upside down!

See the Sights

Are you guilty of living in an area rich with history and culture that you’ve never explored? We’re constantly traveling here, there, everywhere to visit famous museums, restaurants and cities, neglecting those in our own backyards! It’s a no-brainer, but try to check out the local offerings near or within your town. Do a little bit of research and compile a list of must-sees, including both family-friendly and adult-centered activities. This is your chance to finally check out that to-die-for steakhouse or let your inner child play at the local rock climbing wall or pottery class.

Go ‘Au Natural’

We don’t mean give up deodorant and shampoos, but we do mean take some time to appreciate the scenery around you. Are there nearby parks that your family can easily get to? The lush landscape not only provides stunning vistas, but also guarantees a belly full of laughs while you each try rolling down the hill. Or, check out a park or farm that offers guided trail rides. If you’re lucky and plan ahead, you might even get to check out the sunset while on horseback! For out-of-this world fun, bring a telescope, blankets and apple cider in thermoses and go star-gazing. Check the weather beforehand to pick the clearest night; prepare to be amazed!

Beat Boredom

If the weather is a bit less than pleasant, don’t fret! There are plenty of activities to do indoors without going anywhere. Dig out the family’s favorite board games. Sound too dull for teens? Try mixing up the classic card games into an ultimate game where scores are carried over from day to day; the weekend-long champ gets to pick his or her favorite meal for dinner the following week!

Attend an In-Home Premier

You don’t have to be an A-list celebrity to make this event! Turn your family room into an intimate home theater! Rent the movies you’ve been meaning to see and create a double feature everyone will enjoy. Re-arrange furniture so that there are two rows of couches or chairs for everyone to sit. Be sure to get plenty of popcorn, candy and sodas ready!

Make Scents

Did you know that certain aromas affect your mood? So even if you can’t change your location or participate in a staycation, you can change your mood. Let’s face it, even the thought of a rotting banana makes you wrinkle your nose! Try your hand at aromatherapy to instantly give your family a boost. To de-stress a room, try scents like citrus, ylang ylang, sandalwood and rose. To awaken and invigorate the senses, eucalyptus, ginger and peppermint work wonders. Finally, to sooth someone into a deep, peaceful sleep, try lavender, vanilla and chamomile. A few drops on a pillow case or tissue will suffice. Or for a constant fresh smell, pour the essential oil into a diffuser. Take a deep breath and relax!

Hotels in Suffolk Are Popular For Staycations

An increasing number of Brits are opting for staycations this summer, as the poor exchange rate means heading abroad no longer presents the best value for money.

East Anglia is one holiday hot spot that is severely underrated. Bordering the North Sea on its east coast, East Anglia is home to a breathtaking mix of low-flying hills, and boasts a beautiful wetland habitat that includes the wetlands of the Broads.

Hotels in Suffolk are popular with tourists because the area is of outstanding natural beauty. It encompasses one of the most ancient regions of the UK, which is a monastery in Bury St Edmunds. It was founded in 630AD.

Rendelsham Forest is also located in Suffolk. It’s referred to as Britain’s Roswell because it’s the site of one of the most famous UFO events in England. Back in December 1980 there were a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights. It was also alleged that a craft landed in the forest. The Ministry of Defence claimed to not investigate the reports because it didn’t pose a threat to national security. However, evidence indicates that the MoD actually held a substantial file on the subject. When the file was released in 2001 it was revealed that the file, instead of containing details of a massive cover up, just held internal correspondence and responses to enquiries from the public. Surely, Suffolk is the ideal holiday location for all UFO buffs.

Southwold Pier offers the family a traditional British holiday by the sea, which attracts a plethora of tourists every year. The family-friendly restaurants and cafe’s scattered near the pier, combined the with pier entertainment, combine to offer a fun holiday for parents and children alike.

Suffolk plays host to a variety of events throughout the year, so when booking hotels in Suffolk, it’s best to do do so in advance. Festivals such as Latitude and Hachfest attract visitors from across the country.

Staycations – Get Correct Information

Whenever I talk to somebody from overseas, it always amazes me the places in my own backyard that they have seen. When you go on holiday, you always plan to see things that you don’t see in your home town. But after hearing many people tell me about the wonders in my town that I didn’t even know about, I began to get jealous.

I guess that’s why staycations have taken off as a popular way to holiday. Staycations are vacations that people have right at home. You can camp in your backyard or pay for a night or two at a hotel nearby, and play tourist in your town.

If you don’t know what’s on, pop in to your local information or tourist centre and ask. You’ll be surprised what great things have been going on right under your nose. Wine and dine at a restaurant you were always too afraid to enter. Go to the local theatre and see a play, you could end up seeing the next Al Pacino or Meryl Streep. Visit a local museum and find out interesting things about how your town was founded and the history leading up to it. Find a niche art gallery and look at prints by up and coming artists. Or if they are not your thing, you can be the adventurous tourist by going to a theme park, or snow those mountain trails. Remember to spend a day or two relaxing on the beach or in your hotels pool. You will be amazed and proud at the things your town has to offer.