Staycations, a mental detox.

There is a certain serenity when you first step into a hotel room. The quiet surroundings that bask in warm yellow light, overflowing from the bedside lamps. If only the walls could talk, the stories they could tell of the travellers that had came before us…

I didn’t believe in staycations. I used to shake my head and question why people would pay good money to stay in a hotel in their own city where their own bed resided. I never thought I’d become one of them.

As it turns out, staycations are a great way to detox mentally without the actual physical stress of travelling. Our homes are sometimes the most stressful place. While it is the place I feel most at ease, it is also the place that reminds me constantly of all the chores and errands I still need to do. Taking a mere 18 hours away from real life, checking into a hotel and spending the night relaxing into the arms of a loved one… the mental reset it affords me is worth the price tag it comes with. (Or hunt for a good package deal, which is the other good thing about staycations, you can wait for a good deal to come around.)

While not everybody’s cup of tea (and it certainly wasn’t mine even a mere 3 years ago.) I have come to appreciate it and indulge in a staycation once in a blue moon. The older I get, the more I realise the importance of mental health and if that means removing myself from the source of stresses, then so be it. It can also be a great way to reconnect with your partner. I know that taking my husband away from all the screens and devices is vital for both of our health, be it physical or mental!

As of current, my favourite Adelaide hotel is Crowne Plaza. (I have also stayed at Hilton hotel: very old and dated, Intercontinental: again with the dated look but somewhat better than Hilton, unimpressive breakfast selection, Stamford Plaza: simple and functional rooms, but really ordinary breakfast.) I have my eye on Mayfair Hotel though – praying for a good package deal!




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