#TTOT Round-Up: Staycations

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Here’s the round-up of this week’s #TTOT on “Staycations!”

Q1 via @hobonora State your case for or against a staycation.

  • @Boz23: For – no bags to pack and unpack. Against – you still get bugged by phone calls and visitors
  • @walkflypinoy: For – You get to discover new things in your backyards. Against – You learn a lot when you’re out of your comfort zone
  • @Travelbite: FOR: discovering parts of your country that you previously took for granted
  • @timmermansr: Many people – especially travellers – know faraway places better than their own city. Staycation to be tourist in your own city
  • @JulieCrisp7: A staycation to me is a normal Saturday or Sunday
  • @SustainableTrip: Exploring your own home can have more lasting rewards — you might find your new favorite bar, reading spot, burger place, etc
  • @LateralMovement: Against. That’s what the weekend is for. Vacations are for going somewhere

Q2 via @traveldesigned I see staycation as nearcation, what inexpensive or free things are there to see and do near you? 

  • @tripcraftersMumbai has many amazing free places. Take a walk across old Mumbai, visit art galleries, museums, flea markets
  • @stimpressions: Vintage markets of Amsterdam are pretty unknown and unmissable 
  • @As_You_LikeIt: If you are ever in Edinburgh you must go to the Natural History Museum. It’s amazing, free, and a great day out 
  • @claudiabia: DC is the land of the free… Museums, concerts, you name it
  • @hjortur: Around here (Iceland) you can explore hot springs, lava caves, go hiking without spending a penny 
  • @SonjaSwissLife: Ride the entire circuit of various bus lines in your area to see things u never saw before
  • @seekandhide_in: From Bangalore, day trip to culture-rich Mysore or bird sanctuary Rangantittu. Coffee country Coorg makes quick, cheap, fab rest and relaxation
  • @marksmayo: I’ve yet to find a city that you aren’t free to walk around. Explore, observe, absorb

Q3 via @tripcrafters What are the Top 5 do’s and don’t to make a staycation feel like a vacation?

  • @redheadedtravel: Make a list of ideas for a friend visiting from overseas – and then go do them yourself
  • @elle_croft: DO try new things, eat out, turn the phone off, relax, splurge DON’T work, stress, clean, stick to routine, care about the weather  
  • @RacheyRoo183: Do try something new, send a postcard, buy a souvenir, act like a tourist! Don’t wish you’d gone on vacation instead. Enjoy it 
  • @BeyondBlighty: Try hosting couchsurfers and show them around for a different take on your home town
  • @findmypassport: Do be sure to share your local adventures with others just like you do when you get back off a vacation 
  • @MexChar: Do something you won´t normally do. Don´t use the car. Do smile….always 
  • @SonjaSwissLife: Don’t do anything you do normally. Don’t tell people you’re home 

Q4 via @GoSeeWrite What other ‘-cations’ words would you like to never hear again?

  • @SavoirThere: Mancation. Horrid word. And makes me think of a mankini. Just no
  • @BeyondBlighty: Confiscation – especially bottled water at airports! Such a waste
  • @sfossum1: Gentrification. It takes away original charm
  • @Travelbite: Carcation. It’s called a road trip
  • @ambleresorts: Not a ‘-cation,’ but we just heard ‘babymoon’ used. Not sure we like it
  • @easyJetHolidays: ‘Greycation’ sounds a little harsh – just because you’re over 50, doesn’t mean you feel old 
  • @inga_ros: Praycation sounds like pure torture
  • @swandie27: Bro-cation! The word makes me cringe a bit

Q5 via @ailsapm What was your best staycation and what made it so great?

  • @WildNavigator: Without doubt childhood memories-spending time in the wilderness near home 
  • @EncounterMara: We’re biased, as ex-Nairobians, our favorite staycation has always been Maasai Mara
  • @ailsapm: Going on summer bike trips through the Dublin mountains, but ending up back in your own bed. Cheap, fun and stunning countryside
  • @MinaMahrous: Two weeks around Egypt with a Norwegian friend was the best staycation ever! Discovered countless things so near to me 
  • @JennySerwylo: Any time I have friends come visit Toronto I have the *best* time playing tourist in my own city 
  • @amontrealer: When I moved back to Montreal. I had no money to travel, so I re-discovered my city. Never been more in love 
  • @misspallen: Cornwall or Bristol – family silliness and exploring the area made for loads of great holidays over the years 
  • @boqueronviajero: The time I spent wandering around Madrid with my brand new camera last summer- like seeing the city w/new eyes

 And there you have it, “Staycations!”  

Next week’s #TTOT topic is: “Adventure!” Submit your questions HERE!

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Have YOU got anything to add to the “Staycations” discussion? 

© Connie Hum 2012

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