Thoughts on a Solo Staycation

by Gray Cargill on October 15, 2014

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When the term “staycation” was first coined several years ago, I despised it. It was too cutesie and the concept baffled me. Who would want to take a vacation and not go anywhere, when you could travel and see the world instead? What kind of madness is that?

Of course, there are reasons people might do this: Lack of money for travel, health issues that prevent going away from home, family obligations, wanting to get to know your new hometown (if you’ve recently moved there), or even just a desire to shake up your normal routine are a few of those reasons. If solo travel is new to you, a staycation also might be a good way to get your feet wet, so to speak.

Pomerleau Building

A tourist might think this is a museum. But no, it houses a real estate company.

Still, I wasn’t sure it was for me. For me, part of the joy of travel is experiencing that sense of wonder you feel when seeing a new place for the first time. Is it even possible to do that when you’ve lived in a place for 24 years? I had the opportunity to find that out this summer when I was offered a comped night at the Burlington Hilton in downtown Burlington.

So how was it? It was enlightening. …Keep Reading!

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