When you Can’t Travel: How to Have a Staycation

Let’s face it, we can’t be everywhere and anywhere at all times. Travel is by far and large my favourite pass time. For a couple of years now I have been travelling most days of the year, however it hasn’t always been the case. Before travel blogging full time, I was both a student and a part-time hotel receptionist. Having such commitments means not being able to pack up your bags and go anywhere at anytime. So what can you do if you want to travel but you can’t? Have a staycation… here’s how:

How to Have a Staycation

Staycation: A vacation at home (when you can’t travel)

Check-in to a hotel

In need of a vacay but don’t have the time or funds to do so? Just feel like a quick escape from reality or the stress of work? One of the quickest and easiest ways to get away from it all is to check yourself into a hotel and take a night or two away from reality. Be sure to pack your facemask, nail polish, magazines, or whatever creature comforts you need to unwind. Splurge on an in-room movie, order room service, and don’t be afraid to splash out on dessert. Before you know it you’ll be feeling refreshed and revitalised in no time!

Have a girls night in (or guys!)

The above sounds nice, but maybe it is out of your budget. Your next best option is to have a staycation at home. Feel free to invite your friends around and make a night of it – catch up and chat over a glass of bubbles, chuck on a chick flick and pamper yourself for an entire evening. You’ll wake up feeling brand new (so long as you don’t go overboard on the bubbles!!).


Research your next trip

There is so much free information floating around the internet that can be used as a source of endless inspiration. Take a day off to enjoy the perks of the 21st Century and let loose on your research abilities. Search bloglovin’ to find some new fantastic blogs to follow and you’ll be amazed at how much fun it can be to live vicariously through another person’s travels when you can’t enjoy those of your own. Be sure to take notes and start clicking the ‘save’ button so you can go back to your favourite articles when planning your next trip.

Find what takes your interest on Pinterest

The ultimate source of visual inspiration these days is Pinterest. Despite its popularity among the older demographic, many young people still haven’t caught on to the pinning craze (but those who have swear by it). It’s a great way to quickly save images and ideas for future travels – so what are you waiting for, start pinning!


If you’re in a serious case of wanderlust (aren’t we all?), you may wish to reminisce on old trips by gathering your travel photos, coins from various countries and tickets you’ve saved as trip momentos. Why not get crafty and create something to remember your trips by or call an old travel friend over skype and reminisce.


Have you had a staycation recently!? What are your favourite things to do when you can’t travel but have a serious case of wanderlust? Feel free to chat amongst the WOW community in the comments below!
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