After trawling the internet for holidays last month and whittling it down to a top 3 or 4, we may in fact be having a staycation. It’s not 100% definite, and I haven’t told Mr R my idea yet, but I’m trying to think sensibly and save money (for once!) – my car seems to be on it’s way out and will need replacing sooner rather than later; business for the company I work for isn’t going great in this economic climate and given that I escaped redundancy last year, if things don’t pick up I may not be so lucky this year; and of course I’m saving for when my maternity pay reduces to nothing (forward planning again!).
A “staycation” – a period in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home, possibly taking day trips to area attractions – seems the way forward. To be honest I hadn’t even heard that term until last week and that’s when it got me thinking…. Looking out the window at the rain, I’m thinking a “staycation” in May in the UK is never going to be the same as a week in a hot country, with warm waters and golden sand (why am I considering this?! oh yeh, I’m being sensible!), but our area alone has a lot to offer for days out over the course of a week. Sadly not a golden beach, and highly unlikely to reach a temperature in the 30s, but lots of historical places to see, beautiful little villages, plenty of shopping (like I need more time to shop!), only 20 minutes into London by train, and of course would also allow us to spend quality time with our Godchildren. It also means we don’t need to cajole friends or family into cat sitting for us. I’m definitely seeing the positives of this type of holiday, though as I gaze out the window at the rain again, it’s a struggle not to rush home, grab my passport and head to the nearest airport in search of sunnier climbs.
Weather in blighty aside, I’m now thinking Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, the Natural History Museum, perhaps a mid-week show or concert instead of the pyramids at Giza, the Sphinx and so forth…. Planning hat firmly back on, and I’ll update on whether the vacation or staycation wins in due course!