One of the most exciting activities to do in life is travelling or out-of-town trips. Who would not want to travel places? For me it is the best cure to de-stress from our mundane day-to-day activities. Another “gone for a weekend” trip for family, husband and wife, girlfriends and boyfriends, relatives, and barkadas is an opportunity to rekindle relationships, to reunite, and to cath up things. Simply put, an opportunity to have an ultimate bonding experiences (UBE) with love ones. While exploring places are fun, spending so much money for fun is definitely not funny.
In times of recession, when bills are overwhelming, when take home pay is shrinking, it is but wise to be financially conscious. Let alone thoughtless extravagance, because what’s popular today is travelling frugalista style.
One of the most recent words in the world of travel and tourism is “STAYCATION”, Mr Webster defines it as a vacation spent at home or nearby. Wikipedia says a staycation (also spelled stay-cation, stacation, or staykation) is a neologism for a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions.
I love the concept of stay – cation, because it promotes local tourism . Travelling closer to home or at the comfort of our own backyard without packing things, without buying plane tickets, and pulling a lot of money from the wallet- awesome!
There are countless staycations to enjoy in Metro Manila alone. How about museums? most museums offer free or if not minimal entrance fees. History buffs will surely enjoy the hidden treasures and troves of our city museums. Photo enthusiasts may also find great subjects/inspirations from these places . Picnic at theme parks, or exploring Filipino street foods, chinese street foods along the streets of Chinatown, going to animal zoos, and checking out Manila’s historical sites.
The list goes on. I am not suggesting to ditch the whole idea of traditional vacation for staycation. It is also beneficial for our country’s tourism to visit the different provinces and cities of the Philippines. Once in a while it is nice to take vacation outside- far from home. But it would not hurt if you indulge yourself getting to know more of the city or town where you stay- Fun and less costly.