If you don't need to save money, you are very lucky, and you can consider your staycation "retro" or even "historic." People have reportedly been staycating since back in the early aughts, and maybe even earlier.
A Staycation Is Efficient. Taking a week off? Well, you just essentially added two days to your vacation because you don't have to account for travel days. You punch out, your vacation has begun, and time stretches out ahead of you without being tainted by a fear of travel delays or annoying transfers or having to get out of bed or go anywhere at all. You can do fun things you never get to do in normal workaday life, like going to museums or counting the cicadas or watching TV all day long, drinking wine at lunch in the park or shopping for sunglasses or simply wandering the streets in search of something fun to get up to. A staycation changes your world by simply omitting one thing from it (work).
A Staycation is Largely Worry-Free. There is a worrisome piece in The Wall Street Journal that explains all the possible things that might go wrong with your air travel plans this summer. "The forecast calls for heavy frustration with a 50% chance of innovation at U.S. airports this summer," writes Scott McCartney. That does not sound promising. He goes on to explain that the season's airport crowds are expected to be the biggest since 2008. That means longer wait times, particularly when paired with TSA budget cuts. Security, never fun, may be less so. And at the same time, airlines are charging more, and nickel-and-diming you for everything from your luggage to your drinks to increased costs if you should need to change a ticket. Did you know that on-time arrivals decline in the summer months? There's also the risk of summer storms leaving you stuck at the airport. Stay at home and watch the rain through the window of your lovely home, it's so relaxing, and it smells good, too!
A Staycation Is the Only Vacation After Which You Don't Need Another Vacation. You hear it all the time, from the weary world traveler who returns from India or Thailand or a yoga retreat in Mexico just plain tuckered out. "I need a vacation from my vacation," he or she will say, and you will empathize, but not really, because you feel quite well-rested, in fact, having not done anything at all for a week. Boredom is brilliant, really. Why go somewhere just to complain afterward when you can go nowhere and do the same on your own time?
You Get to Say "Staycation" If You Take a Staycation. Sure, it's an obnoxious word, but that makes it all the better when you're saying it to everyone you know. "Did I show you the photos of my staycation?" you ask a friend after your great home-holiday is over. "Oh, no!" he or she will say. "Please, I'm dying to see them. I'm thinking of staycating myself! Do you have any tips?"