US workers receive an average of 10 paid vacation days per year, while in Europe, that number is typically closer to 20. When we take a vacation, we often travel to faraway places and we stay for about a week; that means only two or three vacations per year for many hard working individuals. As far as GayTravel.com is concerned, that’s not nearly enough!
We prefer to get away often and see as much of the world as we can in our lifetime--but it doesn’t always have to be a five-hour plane ride. There is so much to discover all over the world, including local attractions that might only be a hop, skip and a jump away.
With the holidays behind us and travel bans ahead, we thought now would be a great time to start thinking about a staycation. That being said, here’s a list of questions you might want to ask yourself while planning your next local getaway:
What’s your mood or objective?
Are you in need of some rest and relaxation? Consider a beach vacation where you can sprawl out on the sand, listening to the waves as they roll onto the shore. A little nap on the beach will help restore that precious vitamin D that your body needs. Perhaps you’re feeling adventurous this time of year and you’d rather not sit still. For you, we recommend hiking or skiing at a nearby mountain. And yet, some days you might feel like all you need is a scenic road trip. Do whatever floats your boat, after all: there are 104 weekend days in a year. Spend them wisely.
When will you go?
Consider your job, and plan around major work events. The last thing you want to do on vacation is bring your work with you. Plan your staycation for a time when you know your workload will be lighter. Another factor you’ll want to keep in mind is the weather: are you a fan of the snow, or do you thrive more in the heat? Whichever season you choose to travel during could make all the difference.
How much can you spend?
You don’t need to break open your piggy bank to enjoy a staycation, but you do need to allocate part of your travel budget toward things like transportation and accommodation. If you’re driving, that means you’ll need some cash for fuel, and maybe a tune-up and an oil change before you go. You could also travel by bus or train--sit back, relax and gaze out the window until you reach your final destination. Save money by booking your tickets at least a month in advance, or be on alert to receive that e-newsletter with a last-minute deal. You can find hundreds of gay-friendly hotels at GayTravel.com, or if you’d rather save your pennies it’s perfectly acceptable to spend your nights at home while you venture out during the day.
Where will you go?
Think about all the major attractions that you have access to nearby, including parks and museums, or historical sites you might not have seen before. Ask friends on Facebook where they might recommend, or ask for your neighbor’s opinion--who better to advise you on things to do in your area? You may also want to scroll through our blog archive for ideas. We recently posted a list of the top 17 places to visit in 2017. Another helpful tool is Google--type, “things to do near me” into the search bar and you’ll see a list of attractions you may never have known existed! Consider how far you might want to travel; a four-hour drive might be all you can handle in a day. Deciding where to go often depends on what you want to do. Are you taking a trip to visit friends and family? Do you want a first-class massage/facial at a nearby spa? Is there a gay bar/event you’ve heard great things about?