The Benefits of a Staycation!

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As you and everyone else on the planet knows, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic that the World Health Organization (WHO) has labelled as a “public health emergency of international concern” (PHEIC).

Everyone is a little worried.

And well you should be.

As movement of people across the planet has grossly been reduced or outright restricted.

As a result, panic has struck in with people bulk buying or even as far as pointing fingers!

I’m not here to tell you what rumour is right or wrong ‘cos I’m not the government and neither am I a doctor!

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All I can advice you to do is NOT to go to your local doctor if you’re feeling ill but call or Email, listen to the instructions of your government as per where you should or shouldn’t travel, take extra precautions with cleanliness and health, and use a bit of common sense!

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Like yourself, I’ve read so many articles about what to do but one in particular stood out as it’s written not only by a proper medical doctor / physician, but the lady – Dr. Nadeen White – also happens to be a renown travel blogger too! Here’s what she had to say: The Truth About Coronavirus Infection: What Everyone Needs To Know.

I thought the article was straight to the point, factual, without nonsense, but easy for the layperson to read.

In fact, so many other people thought so too, that the article went viral, her blog crashed, and she had to change her blog host provider as her previous one couldn’t cope!

And that’s saying something!


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Probably not!


I said it.

Contrary to what other travel bloggers are saying, my advice is not to travel.


Having said that for most people, the real worry is the risk that if you DO travel abroad somewhere, you might get stuck there, your destination might have a sudden increase in outbreak, you won’t be able to get home because flights have cancelled, your friends or family might get infected, or you are forced into quarantine for a certain unforseeable amount of time!

The simple fact is, whether you like it or not, individual nations are deciding on how best to limit the spread of the Coronavirus infection.

The COVID-19 isn’t a conspiracy theory, it isn’t the end of time, but given the closeness, speed, reliance and ease in which we connect via global trade or travel, is a real legitimate worry.

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If your city isn’t under lock-down, then why not stay in your own country and use the opportunity to jump in your car / on your bike, and explore where you live.

And like I said in the BBC Radio 4 interview, travel doesn’t have to mean abroad, it can also be in your home-country!


I bet you didn’t see that coming!


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What’s a staycation you might ask?

Well, if you’re American, you’d most likely know what this is.

If you’re European, most people have never heard of it, as we take our holiday / vacation time very seriously!

Let me explain.


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A staycation – a combination of the word “stay” and the American word “vacation” or holistay – a combination of the British word “holiday” and “stay,” is a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities.

North America, Australia & India is huge, so if you’re American, Canadian, Australian or Indian, the words “stay home” usually refers to within driving distance of your home and may or may not, require an overnight stay.

Europe / the UK is much smaller, so a staycation or holistay, usually refers to a period in which an individual or family stays in one’s home country, rather than abroad!

In my case, that means Germany.

As a result, I have either cancelled or postponed my international travel for 2020!

Better to be safe than sorry.

I know!


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  • There’s no need to fly!
  • There’s no waiting in the queue!
  • There’s no sitting in traffic!
  • There’s not much packing to do
  • There’s no need to spend thousands of dollars / pounds or Euros!
  • Drive there if you want to
  • Use local public transport
  • Take out your bike!
  • Re-discover the wonderful place that you live in, and be a tourist in your town
  • Experience new things!
  • Check-into that luxury hotel that you’ve always seen, but never personally experienced!
  • Finally! You can use the vouchers that you’ve accumulated, but never had the time to use in some amusement park / tourist attraction / famous landmark, or UNESCO site nearby!
  • Go swimming in the sea or lake nearby
  • Do Yoga or Pilates!
  • Have a picnic while drinking chilled beer or wine
  • Do the garden!
  • Plant some fruit and veg!
  • Do the house!
  • Paint the house!
  • Learn how to paint!
  • Read the book that’s been languishing on your bedside table for months!
  • How about breakfast in bed? Why not?
  • Pack the kids and go camping!
  • Pack the kids and leave them at the grandparents!
  • Pack the kids and do something with them!
  • Go to an outdoor open-air museum
  • Visit local parks or forests
  • Save money for when a cure is found or the pandemic dies down, so that you can travel to where you originally wanted to!
  • You can relax ‘cos you don’t have to learn the language or know the lingo. In fact, you’ll be an expert, and know exactly what to do and where to go!

Even if you’re travelling within the country or region, don’t forget travel insurance!


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Sure I am.

I’m “doing” Germany!

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I like the sea.

I’ve already done the Baltic Sea so I thought I would change direction and away from the hordes of German tourists, and go to North Germany instead.

Yes, Victoria & family are going to the North Sea!


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We’re going to:

And because our son is going to be 18 this year (gulp), and wants use of the house, my husband and I are going to check into a 4-star luxury art design hotel in Berlin.

For the very first time ever!

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This article is not sponsored, and all thoughts and opinions, are my very own!

March is going to be eye-opening!

See you soon!

See you soon!

Watch this space!


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So what are you waiting for?

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Have you cancelled your holiday / vacation because of the Coronavirus? Have you ever been on a staycation? Let me know in the comments below!

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