When my husband and I took our first staycation, it was a matter of necessity. We were newly married and living in a 400 square foot apartment with a twin bed. While still in the "honeymoon phase" of our marriage, the reality of sharing such a tiny dwelling was sinking in, and we were eager to stretch out - literally and figuratively. A proper vacation wasn't in the budget, so we opted to spend a full day and night inside our city - but outside our home - to recharge.
More than a decade later, we still enjoy the occasional staycation. We are fortunate to live in a city that offers many different neighborhoods to explore, and staying close to home affords us the opportunity to enjoy a brief escape without wasting time sitting in a car, train, or plane - or being away from our sweet girl any longer than necessary.
Last month, to celebrate my husband's birthday, we packed an overnight bag and made reservations at a hotel in town. The simple act of waking up outside our neighborhood sparked enthusiasm about shaking up our routine. We revisited an off-the-beaten-path coffee shop, browsed new and unfamiliar shops, took a nap (!) in the middle of the day, and treated ourselves to a leisurely, vacation-style dinner.
Before summer sighs its last gasp, consider treating yourself to a staycation. Break out of your routine and appreciate familiar things from a different point of view.