Everyone is buzzing these days about staycations — most of my friends have taken at least one this year, and used the time to catch up on reading, sleep, and home related projects. Though staycations can be great for saving money and catching up on just about anything related to your home, sometimes even those of us who love our homes need to escape from their tyranny! If you're in the mood for a break, but not in the mood for travel, consider a escaping from your home but not your hometown by booking into a local hotel and playing tourist for a few days.
Aim for a hotel outside of your neighborhood or area of the city — if you live in the suburbs, definitely pick a place downtown in the heart of all the action. Play tourist — ask the concierge for restaurant recommendations and ideas for how to spend your days. Avoid your local haunts and steer clear of your friends — the key goal here is to rediscover all there is to love about your hometown by viewing it through the eyes of a visitor.
I discovered how fun this could be purely by accident. Before I left for Kuwait a few years ago, I found myself at loose ends when all my stuff was packed and shipped — but I still had a week left in DC. My employer paid for a hotel for that week, and I found that just staying in a hotel, even in my hometown, made me feel like a tourist. I spent my days wandering the city, rediscovering the joys of the Smithsonian, grabbing a bite in restaurants that caught my eye, and generally playing a stranger in the city of my birth. I loved every minute of it!
Even if you don't have plans to move, taking a break from your home without leaving your hometown can be an excellent way to recharge your batteries and to help you learn more about where you live. Even just a weekend in a hotel can leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed, and leaving home pulls you out of your normal routine, giving you the chance to discover new and wonderful ways to spend time in your hometown.
Have any readers tried my staycation variation in the past? What did you did you learn during your escape from home? Would you recommend it to a friend?
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