Research shows that 47% of Americans didn't take all of their vacation time last year and 21% left more than five vacation days on the table. This is due to several factors like management, workload, and cultural pressures sadly making the U.S. a “vacation averse” country.
It’s really astonishing that we miss out on taking full advantage of our well-deserved job benefits and instead, we opt to put our well-being at risk.
Taking a proper time off - meaning fully disconnecting from our daily job responsibilities - is critical to maintaining healthy energy and productivity levels in the long term.
Now, taking a long vacation at some paradise island is not always attainable for most of us. Long holidays abroad require lots of planning and a strong budget and although it’s a great way to recharge, it’s not always the most affordable option or something that we can do every year.
I find that whenever taking a vacation is not possible, we tend to disregard our vacation hours by either losing them or rolling them over to the following year, which we can all agree is not the most useful thing to do for either yourself or your employer, so how do we avoid this? We take a staycation.
I took my first staycation last year and it was a fantastic experience. It reduced my stress levels, brought an overall sense of joy and peace, and gave me time to explore new habits and passion projects.
Benefits of Taking a Staycation
1. It’s a great way to disconnect on a budget. It’s definitely less expensive than traveling abroad.
2. Staycation doesn’t mean “staying at home all day long” - unless you’re physically and mentally exhausted and that’s just what you need, then by all means - but generally speaking and from my perspective, it’s an opportunity to explore your own city in a new way, kind of like being a tourist in your own town.
3. You’ll recharge your energy without the drain that comes after a planned holiday abroad. You know that “I need a vacation from my vacation” type of feeling? yeah...that
4. Spend time with yourself to relax and reconnect.
I hope that this sheds some light in the importance of taking time off to recharge and making the idea of a staycation a bit more attractive even if it’s just for a couple of days.
Have you ever taken a staycation?