You hear a lot about how fun and great staycations are and that staycations are becoming a great way to spend your vacation. A staycation is a vacation that you spend at home. You may have time off from your job, but you don't go anywhere to celebrate. According to its proponents, staycations are a great way to pump up the local economy and less stressful because you avoid missed flights, car problems and train derailments.
For those who love staycations, here's a list of 10 reasons why staycations don't qualify as real vacations and why you should book a proper holiday instead.
1. Your boss can still contact you. If there's a problem at work, your boss might give you a call. You could be asked to come to the office to help “put out a fire.” No matter how relaxing it is to stay home and to do nothing, it's not a vacation if there's any chance that you'll be called in to work.
2. Your kids' friends will still be coming over to play. One of the reasons you leave town on vacation if to get away from the routine. Who wants to spend their vacation babysitting the neighbors' kids?
3. Even if you go out for a daytrip, you'll still come home at night. When you wake up the next morning, it won't seem any different than a weekend. Vacations should not seem like a weekend. They should seem like a break in your regular day-to-day life. It's romantic to miss your home and your beloved bed.
4. Your relatives might stop by to visit. If there's anything you don't want when you're on a vacation, it's a visit from your cousins or your in-laws. Nothing can put a damper on a staycation like spending time with your mother-in-law.
5. You've already done everything there is to do in your home town. That's called the “been there, done that” syndrome. Vacations are meant for something new.
6. While you're on your staycation, you might run into your boss or some other co-worker. What could be worse than getting reminded that in a few days you'll be slaving away at your desk?
7. There won't be any mints on the pillow when you go to bed. Nobody's going to change the sheets, clean up your room, bring you a snack at midnight or do any of those little things that we love about hotels.
8. It's hard to feel like you're on a vacation when you see the same morning news program that you see every other day of the year.
9. You don't go golfing on your staycation because your spouse doesn't golf. At least if you go to another state, you can convince your significant other to let you play a round at a fancy course.
10. You know the servers at every restaurant you visit. Plus, when you're not eating out, you're eating at home. That means you'll be eating the same old burgers that you eat every weekend. Barbequing on Tuesday evening doesn't mean you're on vacation.
Don't be fooled. Only real vacations include new horizons, bad weather, blown water pumps and at least three lumpy mattresses.