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

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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:

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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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    Kris Kainass
    April 2, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Brooke, you are simply amazing. I love your big dreams and how you chase them. I’ve traveled plenty in my 20s, and got to live for a year in Sydney, Australia. Loved that part of the world and its people! I’m married now and a mom of 3 kids, and while I can’t jet set around the world at this point in life, you’ve inspired me to become a tourist and blogger in my own backyard. Phoenix, Arizona. I’ve started my blog a few months ago and I’d love any comments from you! Thank you. Welcome back to the US, looks like you are having a blast skiing in Colorado!

    Sarah Elizabeth
    March 31, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Love all of these ideas.. We’re trying to promote the same idea, ‘if you can’t get away then explore your own surroundings’! Checking into a luxury hotel for the night always helps though of course 😉 GIPD xxx

    March 26, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    When I want to get away in my own city, I like to wander around a neighbourhood that I’ve never really gone into before. It’s just like exploring a different city and I tend to find all sorts of hidden gems buried away in small nooks and crannies. I love it AND it’s cheap 🙂


    March 23, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Typically when i have a staycation. I like to try to find places that I haven’t been in or near my city (Perth, WA). Makes me feel that I’m exploring as if I was on vacation.

    March 21, 2015 at 5:06 am

    I could so relate to this! I am currently a university student in my last school year and working as a part time receptionist and my boyfriend and a few of my friends have already graduated. They always want to travel and its so hard for me to go with them cause I always have school commitments. I love having stay-cations 🙂
    XO Janina

    • Brooke Saward
      March 21, 2015 at 6:57 pm

      I’m having a staycation right now and I’m pretty sure I’m in a complete state of bliss!!!

    March 21, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I love your first tip! It’s not something everybody could afford, obviously, but it’s such a nice approach! Making a spa day somewhere nice could be a good solution too 🙂

    I’m currently on staycation myself, and I’m trying out these things not to go depressed from not being able to travel:

    March 21, 2015 at 1:00 am

    I’ve been home for a month now and everything about my body wants me to go again, work just doesn’t allow me to go!:-(

    March 20, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Great tips – I think that staycations also make you fall in love with the place you call your “homebase” in an entirely new way all over again.

    I also love to live vicariously through other people’s travel and plan my own trips when I am suffering from a serious case of fernweh!

    Anup Roy
    March 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    good post.

    Hailey's Workshop
    March 20, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I love the idea of having a few nights in a hotel to relax and unwind. I would recommend trying to find a hotel with a view! It would help making it feel more like a getaway. Plus who doesn’t love sitting on a balcony watching the sun set!! 🙂

    Stephanie Rogers
    March 20, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Such an awesome post! I have tried this a lot more recently and it really does help settle the travel itch!! I’ve been exploring more of the UK and I am amazed that I haven’t been to half of the places already! SO much beauty. Great post!

    Pinch of Black
    March 20, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Haha! Great idea! :))

    March 20, 2015 at 9:54 am

    I feel so lucky to live in San Francisco with access to staycation weekends in Monterrey, Napa, Tahoe…it’s the perfect place to appease my wanderlust when I can’t get away!

    March 20, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Such a lovely read! I was just looking for B&Bs nearby for a quick and easy getaway. Your other suggestions are on point. Simple, easy pleasures.

    March 20, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Oh.. great tips! It is definitely hard to stay at home when all you want to do is travel around the world. For me, what works best is researching information about stunning trips you might do some day! Love this post! Sincerely,

    March 20, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I love to list 5 things in my city that I’ve never seen before, and try to be a tourist for a weekend! I get blog posts and new experiences out of it 🙂

    March 20, 2015 at 7:36 am

    Yesterday I just webt to Straßbourg in France because it is just an hour away from my town 🙂 or I visit big cities nearby like Heidelberg, Mannheim or Stuttgart! Some places in Germany are very beautiful and not expensive so you can just drive there by car. But nevermind thanks for this Post! You’re my biggest travel Inspiration!!! <3

    Maybe you want to check out my blog & yt channel? 🙂
    Greetings from South Germany xo

    March 20, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I’m quite a fan of staycation or simply just exploring around. Sometimes we travel the whole world to find something it’s also available next door but we never bothered to explore 🙂

    Beverly Elaine
    March 20, 2015 at 7:23 am

    I’ve also discovered a ridiculously obvious option to add. Check TripAdvisor in your own town. It’s amazing how many things we overlook about our own city.

    Growing Positive
    March 20, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Definitely gonna be checking out Pinterest soon, people have been raving about it so much recently!! Been researching places to go for summer and been having so much fun looking for things to do, gets you so amped up for a fun-filled adventure. like most people out there, wish I could go travelling all the time, would be amazing to be a big-time travel blogger. Maybe then I’d have enough mementos to do something crafty haha :p

    Growing Positive

    March 20, 2015 at 6:56 am

    As I have itchy feet awaiting for my next trip away to Canada in July, I’m planning on going to the hot pools for a night which is about 1 ½ hour drive away from where I live. A day laxing in the hot pools, eating way to much and then getting a facial and massage, perfection!