It’s summer somewhere. That means it’s winter for the other half of the world, too. As someone from the northern hemisphere, I’ve always found it perplexing that Australians celebrate Yule Tide on the beach in the baking hot midsummer sun, probably with a BBQ and a cooler of drinks on the go – yet they still send and receive greeting cards depicting scenes of snow. Bizarre.
Wherever you are in the world, and whatever the seasonal temperature you’re currently either sweating or shivering through, you’re probably wondering if it’s time to take a trip and recharge your batteries. But this poses a question: should you travel abroad or stay in your own country?
There are, of course, pros and cons to both ideas of keeping things to the nation you know or alternatively spreading your wings to the wider world. One potential consideration is transferring money abroad – this is the kind of thing that can catch people out if they don’t know what they are doing (for example, see 5 Best Ways to Transfer Money from the US to the UK). Now, let’s look at why staycationing is all the rage.
Preparation time is reduced to … almost zero
Did you know that anything stronger than 4.7% ABV cannot be bought in Norwegian supermarkets? Yeah. It’s true. You have to go to special shops for the good stuff (and it’s not sold on Sundays).
Likewise, for any non-American readers, were you aware that grocery store prices in the US are displayed without tax? You literally have no idea what your total bill is going to be until the person at the cash register surprises you with the ‘tax added’ news.
Many European countries change how they speak when they are addressing the elder generation or when they wish to express politeness. For example, in French, the word ‘you’ can be ‘tu’ (informal) or ‘vous’ (informal).
South Africans speak of ‘robots’ when they mean traffic lights. Italians will raise their hands to eye level when speaking, and anyone wishing to interrupt must put their hands higher and physically push down on the speaker’s hands to indicate “I’m speaking now” … the list goes on. The world’s customs are a minefield, folks. But not home. Home is sensible. Home is normal. Staycationing avoids all the ‘weirdness’, allowing you more time to get on with having fun.
Get to know your own backyard
Where we live isn’t just an address for our mail. Or, it shouldn’t be. It’s where we grow up, grow old, grow bitter with politics and grow eager to see positive change. Seeing the major towns and cities that make your country what it is will give you a personal connection with where you’re from … and you can’t do that from a hotel room that’s six hours away on a plane.