Stay - Far Away, So Close

 I've always struggled with our staycations, we don't go away because of the aged beast, but everyone needs a bit of a break every now and then. Today is The Chap's final day at work (and should have been day three of our holiday, but there was very important business to be done to a deadline).

I'm still reading Happy Inside, and in a very timely fashion read the chapter about staycationing. As ever the absolutely obvious jumped out and I think it might help reduce my feelings about holidays at home, which can be summed up as - how is this a holiday, I'm still doing the washing up?!

The suggestion is to take the whole thing seriously and focus on doing things you wouldn't normally do. So, no wrapping up the holiday with finally painting the spare room, reading that book that's been staring out from the bookcase for years, finishing off organising those stamps, or even working on an ongoing craft project. It's to holiday at home, setting normality aside - eating, sleeping and living as differently as possible for that length of time.  

All of which means I'm doing a lot of housework today.

Well, not a lot, but making a bit of an effort. 


  1. I suppose because we have retired a staycation wouldn't be any different so I would rather have a change of scene.

    1. I can't imagine anything that would benefit me more than to have some time away. Unfortunately, that's not an option, so I'm trying to make the best of what's possible.

    2. We joined English Heritage last year and then took a series of days out last September as our holiday was postponed. If I hadn't planned it in advance I'd have found loads of work to do. I'm awful at relaxing if I'm at home! We cancelled it this year as we were able to get away. Arilx

  2. What an interesting look at a staycation. I must remember those points the next time we are staying home instead of going somewhere. However I will say I did need our little getaway after being home for the last 16 months (or is it 18 now, I have lost count).

    God bless.

  3. A staycation for me means as few chores as possible, definitely no cooking (if the budget allows), and making the effort to leave the house to look at something interesting. We never went away for holidays when I was a child. Dad would rent a car and we’d go for day trips and I thought that was heaven.

  4. I have never thought of it that way. Good idea!


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