A Staycation. Could it be the best family holiday? 10


You’ve been listening to your family and friends bragging how they have been away over the holiday season.

They went down south, up north, over to Bali, across to Phuket; yet you stayed home.

I stayed home as well; there’s a lot to be said for the staycation.

You didn’t have to book flights, endure long distance road trips with whining kids, have to find the perfect family accommodation on a budget, pack, nor pay the exorbitant fees that are charged during high season.

As you know I love to travel.  If there’s the merest whisper of the thought of travel I’m onto it.  But during the festive season – I would rather stay at home.

For one my young son had just been showered in toys from Santa.  The thought of pulling him immediately away from those shiny new activities is more than my ears could stand.

Building Lego City at home on a staycation

Toys to build

Plus – I guess I’m lucky – I live in Perth; it’s summer here, and we have some of the best beaches in the world.  Why go away for what is literally just 10 minutes down the road?

Not that we have done much other than laze about for a week.

Water gun fights at home on a staycation

Playing at home

But had we got bored there were plenty of day trips we could have embarked upon.  We could have gone to playgrounds, visited the new water theme park, had a picnic, or cycled around the local lake.

Instead we have just been happy relaxing at home.  A staycation was exactly what we needed for a family holiday.

How was your festive break?


About Sally-Ann Brown

I am Sally-Ann the author of Toddlers on Tour. I am a wife and mother who has always had a passion for travel. I love sharing my experiences and lessons learned to help you have a better family holiday or day trip. Read "All About Me" under the "Home" tab to discover my story and what lead me to here.

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10 thoughts on “A Staycation. Could it be the best family holiday?

  • Annie

    There is something good to be said about staying at home isn’t there? A lot less stress and a sleep in your own bed! And at this time of year, and not being a fan of crowds, being home is a good alternative. In saying that, we are off on a beach vacation (not camping) in the near future, and its the sort of place where you have to take EVERYTHING incl. bedding, so there is a lot of work just getting there and the subsequent packing up! But it will be worth it!

  • Alicia

    Everything seems to be priced hiked at this time of year too, fuel. You’ve saved heaps just staying home. I like the comforts of home at this time of year too, but I don’t mind doing the small trips down the coast 🙂
    We did attempt to go away in the caravan, Izzy got gastro on the second day! We drove the hour and half home, oh well.

    • Sally@Toddlers on Tour Post author

      Oh what a shame Alicia. I think just about every trip we have taken Lewis has always come down with some kind of bug just before we head off. I have got to the point where I just run with it as kids seem to recover so quickly.

      Better luck with your next trip Alicia.

  • Stephanie

    Sometimes staying at home works well for us, but I do find that if we don’t go away, I don’t feel like I’ve had a break. We’ve been on a staycation too, and since the new year have been on little adventures as a family.

    • Sally@Toddlers on Tour Post author

      Stephanie it sounds like you have had some great adventures on your staycation. Why don’t you upload an image onto our Facebook post

  • Cheryl

    We are very much like you — we prefer to stay home during big holidays when it’s high season for travel. It’s stressful with two little ones and carrying all their “gear” so we do a lot of staycationing around Christmas and the Summer months when school is done.

    It’s still fun for the kids and they don’t know any better yet. HAHA!

    • Sally-Ann Brown Post author

      That’s true Cheryl the kids don’t seem to know that you have stayed home during a period of time that many other have gone away. The fact is during the Christmas and summer periods there is so many great activities available they are just kept entertained at home.