Should You Stay or Should You Go?

Schools out and it’s time to cash in those vacation hours at work. You probably haven’t had a day off in over a year and you’re dying for some much-needed R&R. So now you have to decide what you’re going to do with yourself for a week or two. Do you sit in your bed, eating an entire pack of cookies and watching ten seasons of your new favorite show on Netflix? Or do you plan an extravagant getaway to a remote island off the coast of a country you’ve never heard of with a capital city you can’t pronounce?

It’s easy to struggle with this decision because it’s an important one and you might regret it forever (or at least until your next vacation). To help you make the right choice, we’ve laid out some of the pros and cons of staycations and vacations:

Staycation

Pros:

  • You’re going to save money if you decide to stay home. You don’t need to pay an obscene amount of money for a flight, a hotel or countless meals because you don’t have a functioning kitchen besides the complimentary coffee pot and iron from the hotel room you spent too much money on.
  • You can achieve maximum relaxation if you try hard and believe in your dreams. You don’t have to worry about anything except not worrying about anything.

Cons:

  • Staying at home can be really, really boring. There’s nothing new to discover and you already know everything there is to know about the area. Finding new adventures locally takes determination and the imagination of a 5-year-old.
  • The utter temptation to clean your house, your car or even you yard may interrupt your lounging. Fight the urge to spend your whole vacation dusting.
  • Seeing the same ol’ people in the same ol’ situations.

Vacation

Pros:

  • HELLO! It’s a vacation, what other pro do you need. It’s all about traveling and excitement. Exploring the world gives you that added boost of whatever you need in your life.
  • The destinations are endless. You could literally go to Antarctica if your heart desires (seriously, you really can). From Europe to the good ol’ USA, there’s some new place to explore.

Cons:

  • Money, obviously. Vacations can be expensive. There are ways around that but you’re definitely going to spend more money than if you stayed home.
  • Vacations aren’t always ‘relaxing.’ In fact, some studies show that the most relaxing part of vacations are the days leading up to it. Exploring new places can be pretty exhausting and the dread of having to go back to work or school can just drain all of the happiness right out of you.

What should you do with this information? Easy, plan your vacation, even if it’s at home. A good week of relaxation or exploration can do the mind and body good. Don’t let anything hold you back, learn how to pronounce the name of that city or find a new favorite show and let the binge watching and cat cuddling begin.

Hillary Terhune