We had a staycation. No airport queues or loading up the car. No checking in the night before or searching high and low for adapter plugs. We packed up our stuff, travelled 5 minutes down the road, and unpacked in the same postcode. And I’ll tell you what- it was AMAZING.
I should probably start by mentioning that my other half is not originallly from London. He’s not even from the south, he’s from that vague area known as the Midlands – Coventry if we’re being specific (I’ve never been personally but I hear it’s quaint) which means he was somewhat unfamiliar with the place I called home.
We spend a lot of time in east London, where he currently lives, which meant I felt like it was my time to step up to plate. My time to show off what I knew, playing tour guide and chauffeur whilst not getting stressed or clammy about making lunch reservations. It was my job to make sure we had stuff to eat for breakfast, and my responsibility to close all the windows before we left the house.
There are two reasons why we were pretty lucky with our staycation;
1. My best friends and her boyfriend said we could house sit in their lovely home. It’s new and shiny, the carpets are fluffy and they own a GBBO-style oven. WHAT.A.DREAM.
2. Local for me is London. I’ve always loved living so close as London is a beautiful city, however this time it had the added perk of providing us with an abundance of stuff to do (we opted for a day out in Greenwich, but I’ll talk about that in another post).
I would urge you to put some time and energy into enjoying the things that are on your doorstep. Even if you have visited them time and time again, it’s great to show someone else the treasures you know and love. Also, if you can do that whilst sitting in someone else’s newly refurbished home then all the better! You’d be surprised at how easily you hop out of bed on a Sunday morning to make bacon muffins when it’s not in your home. It gave our weekend another element of excitement, like we were in a hotel or miles away from home. But really, we were on my own doorstep. And that’s the beauty of a staycation.