In this post I’m gonna tell you why you should stop scanning Ryanair’s 10% sale and think about camping in your friend’s back garden and drinking cans of Strongbow Dark Fruits cider. Because, I’m recommending a staycation.
Usually, staycations are not my thing. Holidays have always been about raiding duty free, getting on a plane and spending time in a hot country and cannon-balling into a pool after 10 margaritas. But, if we’re being honest I’ve not been on a summer holiday since 2014 where the Geek and I spent 10 days in Turkey. I’ve been on a few city breaks; exploring the world bar by bar a few times since, but, this year we decided to swap our cocktail fuelled holiday and spend longer in Kent with our friends.
The Geek and I have spent the past few days in Broadstairs and it’s been one of the most mental and relaxing breaks I’ve had in a while. Every year since I was 19, we’ve spent a few days on the Kent coast drinking cider, eating copious amounts of food and camping. You would have thought that because I have been doing this since I was 19, I’d be a little bored. I won’t lie; my back can’t handle an airbed and I’m a princess when it comes to camping. But, this year it’s been different.
There’s been a certain refreshing ease to the situation. The whole travelling situation has been a 4 hour car ride where we just played some belting tunes. There’s been no rushing around. I’ve always found with city breaks that there’s a rush to the situation. You need to see all of the sights and the attractions. You need to try all the restaurants and just try and get every certain thing you possibly can do. Because, you don’t know when you’re going back to that city again.
But, with a staycation it’s different. Especially getting there on your own steam. There always seems to be less of an agenda; it’s more relaxing. Yesterday, I spent the morning walking around the beach front eating a chorizo sausage roll and the afternoon walking the streets of Sandwich. There wasn’t a rush. Everything’s just completely chilled. And it’s been a dream catching up with friends and making new holiday memories with people.
I’m not saying I’m not up for travelling the world and I won’t going back to scouring Skyscanner on a weekly basis. I love to travel; I love the rush of a culture but every single city break I’ve come back from I need another day to recover. I need to recover from the walking, the drinking, the rich food and the culture. All I’m saying is that I’m not going to write off staycations. It’s been the perfect start to a week off and I can honestly feel myself returning to work completely chilled and before life gets more hectic again.
So what I’m saying internet is grab your friends, grab a tent, find somewhere with a beach and that’s got really cute bakeries and just stop there. Stop and watch the world for a while. I’ll guarantee it’ll be worth it.