Five Reasons to Book a Staycation
It’s no secret that 2020 was not an easy year for most people, and we’ve all had to spend the last 12 months adjusting to the new normal. Normally, if you’re feeling stressed, a great way to take a break is to go abroad on holiday, and just because this isn’t an option for many at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t still take a break! Staycations have always been a great option, and now more than ever people are beginning to recognize the benefits.
Wirex have teamed up with Agoda and Booking.com to help you get the best deal on your next staycation, so whether you want to go away with your family, friends, a loved one, or even just a break by yourself, we’ve got you covered. If you’re still not convinced that a staycation is worth it, we’ve put together five reasons why going on holiday at home is just as good (if not, better) than taking a trip abroad.
Staycations are (usually) more affordable
Vacations tend to have extra costs on top of flights and accommodations that many people forget about when trying to book something within budget. Hiring transport, extra health insurance, luggage costs, visas and maybe even house or pet-sitting if you’re leaving a four-legged friend behind.
With a staycation, you can cut down on all these costs, particularly if you avoid flying. You can pack as much luggage as you want into your car or on the train without having to worry about airline restrictions, you won’t need to pay for a visa and you may even be able to bring your pet along with you!
If you’ve got a big family, vacations can quickly get very expensive, which means a staycation is a great option if you want to take a chance to relax with the whole family without breaking the bank.
Staycations are easier and more relaxing
One of the main goals of a getaway is to relax and decompress from your day-to-day life. Keeping track of all the relevant forms, different currencies and hoping your luggage doesn’t get lost while you get sandwiched in a middle seat of the plane doesn’t set you up for a relaxing experience.
Imagine going on holiday without having to deal with queues in the airport, keeping track of your passport and plane tickets and without having to wake up in the middle of the night to catch an early morning flight. Well with staycations, this can be a reality.
With lots of people transitioning to working from home in the past year, it has become more difficult to separate your work life from your home life, meaning a staycation is the perfect opportunity to get away and actually relax. It also means you don’t need to worry about factoring in time to quarantine from coming back from a foreign country, so you can dedicate even more time to lying in the sun and catching up on all those books you’ve been meaning to read.
Staycations help the local economy
The pandemic has hit local businesses hard, with many of them normally relying on holiday seasons and weekend foot traffic. Treating yourself to a staycation means you can help support local shops, restaurants and hotels, and maybe you’ll even discover some new favourites. You can even think of it as buying some souvenirs from yourself from local places you may not have known about before.
A staycation can be a great way to spend some quality time with your friends, without having to worry about the logistics of booking flights. So take it as the opportunity to go to that bar you’ve always wanted to try for a good catch up, and maybe you can get some desserts from a local restaurant to share together while also helping the economy. It’s a win-win.
Staycations help you discover more about where you live
We often forget to make the most of our own country, just because we live there and tell ourselves we’ll see all the sites eventually. Well why not now? With many countries closing their borders until the world gets back to normal, now is the perfect time to see what your home country has to offer.
Maybe there are some beaches you’ve been meaning to visit, or historical sites where you can check out the architecture while learning more about your area’s history. This is your sign to try out being a tourist in your own country, and maybe you can take your partner along with you for a week away before taking the next step and going abroad together.
Staycations can be better for the environment
It’s no secret that air travel is harmful for the environment, with the industry being responsible for around 5% of global warming. Taking a staycation means you have more options for environmentally-friendly travel, whether it’s taking the train, or even bundling the whole family into a car – both of these options leave a much smaller carbon footprint than air travel.
From 31 March 2021, Agoda and Booking.com will be providing great offers for Wirex customers in the Asia-Pacific region.
You can get up to 6% off existing travel deals with Agoda when booking with your Wirex travelcard.
For a limited time only, Booking.com have increased their cashback offer, so you can now get up to 15% cashback when using your Wirex travelcard. The increased cashback ends on 22 May 2021 so hurry before it’s too late!
Don’t forget that for the entire month of April, we’re offering double Cryptoback™ rewards*, so you can still earn up to 4% in WXT on purchases made in store and online. There’s never been a better time to start planning your holidays with Wirex!
Additional 6% off selected hotels is subjected to Agoda T&Cs.
The cashback offer is subject to Booking.com T&Cs.
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