I’ve never been a big fan of holidays. I mean; I’ve spent a tonne of money on purchasing a lovely house.. filling it with all my worldly possessions and have picked a location that has everything I need/want nearby. Why then would I want to endure the time, effort and cost of going away on some extravagant foreign holiday? I don’t know what it is about the stressing to ensure everything is packed, stressing about missing the plane, stressing about whether the accommodation will be safe, stressing about the costs and stressing about the million and one things that inevitably get stressed about on foreign holidays which puts me off them so much. It is a mystery indeed.
So, it was with great surprise and equal joy that my partner suggested for this summer we instead went on a Staycation. We left on Friday morning and came back Monday evening for a fantastic long weekend at an entertainment resort running a music tribute weekend. Looking back on it now; I thought we’d compare some of the best aspects of my staycation as it has certainly encouraged us (her) to consider it as an alternative to the foreign holiday next year!
Our particular resort was only a couple of hours drive away which meant we didn’t even need to leave the house until late late morning. This meant that we only packed on the morning we were leaving and had arrived by 2pm at the resort. Similarly; When it was time to leave we just jumped back in the car and were home at a very reasonable hour. No more 6am dashes to the airport or losing 2 days of your holiday leave just sat in the back of a car travelling. By staying somewhere nearby our 4-day holiday actually stayed a 4-day holiday.
To say that this break was minimal effort would be an understatement. We didn’t have to try and coordinate flights, immigration, insurance, accomodation, transfers, activities or the many other requirements for a foreign holiday. All that we required was a quarter tank of petrol and the resort booking page. Infact we hadn’t even booked it until 5 days before leaving! Minimal effort also relates to minimal stress as there’s far less that could possibly go wrong. A few years ago we went on a holiday abroad which resulted in the return flight being delayed by over 24 hours. This then meant that our car parking expired, our pets were unfed and our jobs wernt too happy about the unapproved holiday extension. The greater the number of components of a holiday required mean more things to potentially go wrong which have a knock-on effect to everything else.
It goes without saying that a Staycation is going to be cheaper.. but I was surprised at just how much cheaper everything became. Travelling each way used no more than £15 of diesel, we had no additional insurance costs and the resort entertainment & room for 4 days came in at £75 each! Similarly; because we were staying in the country it meant we knew where we could shop and eat cheaply. Before we left I jumped on Google Maps and plotted the 5 minute walk to the local Wetherspoons for breakfasts (£3 instead of the £9 on resort) and marked out the walkable supermarkets for picking up drink. I’ve no doubt that there are cheap restaurants abroad but it’s always a bit of a lottery or time consuming treck around town trying to find out which are good value.
The tribute bands over the weekend were absolutely fantastic. In my younger years I’ve attended many music festivals and had seen almost all of the tribute bands as live real acts so wasn’t expecting too much. However I was really impressed with the acts and found the experience far more enjoyable watching them from inside a much smaller venue instead of stuck in a muddy field in the rain. Perhaps I’m just getting old, but even things like having tables & chairs to relax on between acts and access to flushing loos made the experience much better compared to real festivals.
Total cost for the holiday came in at around £140 each and we both had a great time! Have you gone on a Staycation recently instead of a foreign holiday? Was it better then you expected or are you going to stick with the more standard trips abroad in future? Please let us know in the comments below.