Why a staycation is (sometimes) good for the soul

Why a staycation is sometimes good for the soul

I recently quit my 9-5 job and am so excited to start a new opportunity next week! 

Being the traveler that I am, my initial thought when I knew I'd have some free time between jobs was: where should I travel during this down time? 

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I needed a staycation. I needed time to breathe, transition, and recharge before the start of my new position.

This was a very foreign feeling to me. My general M.O. is "give me an inch (of PTO), and I'll take (several hundred) miles (to squeeze in some travel)!"

Instead of taking to the road, I have instead been spending this week doing things I had neglected while being overly stressed at my last position. I've read a few books, soaked up the sun, caught up with old friends and coworkers, baked some treats, gone to the gym regularly, done some shopping, caught up on the blog, and checked out some new places in DC that had been on my list for a while. And through it all, it's been so nice to remember what's important in life and why I love living in DC.

I often long for the thrill of travel, but with all the exciting responsibility that will come with my new job, I know that traveling during this week would have been too much. Does this mean I'm growing up or something?! 

This week's staycation has been exactly what I've needed and I'm thrilled to say that I'm ready for new beginnings! (As well as an unlimited PTO policy...I see many bright travels in the future!) 

Anyone else love the thought of a staycation? I could get used to this...for now... :) 

staycation soaking up the sun in Washington DC