We don’t live to just work, we need to explore and perhaps, travel?
As a working mom, it’s not easy to get out of my bubble. Mommy errands + 9 hour work shift + updating my blogs and being a woman myself, ugh! I have no time to even relax!
We all need a break from all our engagements. Planning a vacation out of town is a really thrilling plan, but since I am a working mom, a blogger, a wife and an entrepreneur, it’s not always practical to go out of town “to relax”.
While it will be hard for me to leave my family and all those errands behind, it doesn’t mean I can’t have a vacation away from home – a staycation with family and/or friends is a great option to relax.
We need not to go far; the city has a lot to offer. Also, there are online booking sites like Traveloka to help us search for accommodation easily.
So here are my tips for a hassle-free-and-super-fun-staycation + my girlfriends 1st staycation experience!
Search for the right place.
Check for different hotels and review amenities. Since we don’t want to stress ourselves going too far from home, we have searched for hotels near us, we all live in Taguig City so we chose Makati since it’s accessible and we are pretty familiar with most places there. Traveloka has a tool that filters what hotels are available in a specific area; it will be easier for you to search.
Look for Promos and book online
Some people don’t want to travel thinking it will put a hole in their pockets. One of the things that I consider whether in a real vacation or a simple staycation is our budget. We are working hard and we want the best for our hard-earned money, right?
It is easier to book online because you will see the hotel rates, type of the room, amenities included and how many people can stay in, all in one page.
Plus, booking sites like Traveloka offers discounts as much as 45%! Isn’t it a sweet treat?
Plan the fun.
Check for local attractions and plan your activities and list the things you can do nearby. Perhaps go shopping, relax in the pool, eat out or cook! We opt to cook our food and since we are in Makati, shopping for what we need was pretty easy.
As for me and my busy, pretty girlfriends, we planned to just relax and enjoy the moment together, talk about life over ice cream, movie marathon and swimming!
The place we have stayed in has given us free face masks, so after the swimming, we’ve had a nice face masking party!
Instagramable or not?
Okay. This may sound funny, but hey! These are precious moments to treasure so it should be really memorable! It is so nice to know that websites have reviews and actual photos to show so you will have an idea on how your staycation would look like.
One of the things I love with staycations is the ambience of the place. It is relaxing to see a new place, so calming to look at beautiful interiors and room designs and accessories. Since we are moving soon to our own nest, I am getting ideas on what looks comfy in a house.
I am working in a customer service industry and I have heard complains on hotel reservations saying that their stay has not been good or was not as described.
Traveloka guarantees an honest and secure reservation, so we could hope for a really fun and worry-free staycation!
Lastly, savor the moment
Relax. Breathe in. Breathe out and enjoy life’s simple gifts. Forget for a little while, smile and laugh your heart out. Because why are you staying for a little vacation, anyway?
As the saying goes, “We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape”.
And even we have not travel far away from home, a simple escape from all the loads we carry was super refreshing and we feel relaxed after.
Sometimes pausing can lead us back on track and it releases positive vibes to keep us going.
What else can we reason out to not travel or at least have a little staycation?
I hope that these tips would made you realize we all need to rest our tired body and refresh our minds, staycation would not cost us a lot! 🙂