During the holidays, a lot of people choose to travel for a variety of reasons, whether it’s to see family and friends, or just to get away. However, some people choose to stay close to home and would rather avoid traveling anywhere if they can help it. It’s tough to say which is the better option, but there are definitely pros and cons to both. We have broken it down for you, which will hopefully help if you’re trying to decide where to spend your holidays:
If you choose to travel, you then get to experience something out of the ordinary. You spend every day of your life in the same routine with the same boring job. Who doesn’t like to escape the monotony of everyday life every now and then? It’s a short term escape during what’s meant to be the most cheerful time of year.
Another added bonus is if you’re visiting family or friends in another state, there’s no way you’ll get stuck as the host for holiday events. Sure you can make your contribution (someone has to bring the beer,) but you will spend your holidays with a lot less stress if you’re the one popping in to say hi rather than the one organizing the dinner and entertainment for everyone.
Traveling can be expensive, especially during the holidays. The backed up traffic and crowded airports are another downfall of holiday travel, and a big reason why a lot of people opt to stay home for the holidays.
Staying Home for Holidays
By staying home, you can save yourself the time and trouble of planning out a holiday trip, which can keep stress levels down. If you usually travel this time of year then it might be nice to take a break for once. It’s also nice to sleep in your own bed rather than rely on hotels or the kindness of long distance relatives for a place to stay.
Another good reason to stay local is you could end up meeting people that you wouldn’t otherwise spend time with. You may have the opportunity to join local friends and family for holiday dinners and events which can be a nice change of pace and maybe even meet some new people that you enjoy being around (plus, you can still be the guy that brings the beer.)
If most of your family is out of state, and you don’t know many people locally, it might end up being a bit lonely for the holidays.
If you live in a place that doesn’t snow and you’re used to traveling to a place with actual seasons, you may find less enjoyment in the holiday season. You might later find yourself regretting staying close to home rather than traveling to meet up with family and friends in a familiar environment.
The holidays are already stressful enough, so if you can pinpoint your favorite part of this time of year and decide what would be the most relaxing and comfortable destination, then go with that. Whether you decide to spread your holiday cheer close to home or set out into the world, make sure the pros outweigh the cons and don’t forget to enjoy!