Thought I’d deliver a quick update on how the staycation went. In short, while there are both pros and cons for staying home on your vacation, I’d have to say that I’m really glad for the choice I’ve made. Looking back that everything that has happened in the past, well, couple of years of my life, suffice it to say that I have been very, very busy. In the last 3 years, I finished my Master’s Degree, moved four times, changed jobs three times (more if you count some smaller projects I worked on) traveled quite a bit and went through some very trying times in my personal life to say the least. So a vacation that focused on rest and relaxation instead of the excitement and adventure (and stress) of traveling to an exotic locale was actually quite timely.
Instead of jet-setting, I enjoyed my low key, environmentally-friendly vacation – and I say environmentally friendly because I did not get on an airplane (the most carbon-heavy thing you can do) and the furthest destination I drove to was less than 150km away. Most of the time I cooked local foods and ate at restaurants that also featured local products.
I didn’t take many pictures, as I’d planned. This was mostly because, well, I got lazy. And getting lazy is exactly what you’re supposed to do on vacation.
Here are a few things I did:
Spent time with my parents and other family members
Went shopping in Stratford
Enjoyed meals with friends
Went to the beach
Went to the Arboretum (many times) where I went for long walks in the trees, sat and watched the different species of hummingbirds suck nectar from the flowers and enjoyed other wildlife as well
Fixed up my bike and went for a ride
Walked through the local bog
Arose at 5:30 am (on my birthday) for an early morning walk to enjoy the nature
Read books – a few times I actually stayed in my pajamas until noon or later, reading in my favourite chair
Treated myself to my favourite lunch at With the Grain in Guelph
Went thrifting and went shopping in the mall
Made homemade pizza dough, baked bread and roasted tomatoes
Borrowed some movies from the library that I’ve been meaning to watch for years but had never gotten around to
Watched my favourite shows on my laptop (episodes of Pawn Stars, American Pickers and Top Chef – no surprise, I’m sure, that I love all of these shows)
Went to Wild Water Kingdom with friends
Ate at some fantastic restaurants
Every morning was able to leisurely drink coffee on the balcony (or my parents’ balcony) which is one of my favourite things to do
I actually returned to work feeling refreshed, and – gasp – happy to be back at work! What a concept.
Even for travel junkies like myself, I would recommend a staycation at least once in a while. It truly helps to decompress and refocus yourself. I believe there is a certain wisdom that can be found in simple moments and that we don’t always have to fill up our lives with constant stimulation. Sometimes staying home in your pajamas reading a really great book is all you really need to fill your soul.
A few snapshots taken from my iphone (nothing fancy)
Enjoying my beautiful oleander tree on the balcony
The buffet rendered me too full to sample the sweets at this delicious vegetarian Indian restaurant
“The Church” restaurant in Stratford is the best! I had my birthday lunch here.
Dusk at my uncle’s place on the lake. Thanks to the quality of the photo, you can’t tell that this is actually a double rainbow.
Playing with a friends’ tiny but rambunctious orange kitten. So cute!
Would you consider staying home for your vacation some time?