Gone are the days when a romantic trip had to involve spending a fortune in some remote, exotic location. The new trend of ‘staycationing’ is everything we never knew we needed – all the romance of an overseas holiday without the hassle.
We are lucky to live in a country bursting at the seams with stunning scenery, thrilling coastlines and vibrant cities. It’s time to embrace the staycation and explore our own backyards – but first check out Skyscanner Australia’s handy tips for planning the perfect romantic staycation.
- No need to go far away
- Save on a flight, splurge on a hotel
- Be adventurous
- Maximise your time
- Keep an eye out
- Have a sea change
- Try something new
- The hotel is the holiday
- Romance is individual
1 No need to go far away
How often do we say to visitors ‘I never do any of this stuff until people come to stay’? So often we forget what our hometown has to offer until we see it from the perspective of a tourist. Ask other locals for their favourite spots and ask visitors what their highlights were – it might surprise you to see your hometown through another’s eyes!
2 Save on a flight, splurge on a hotel
The beauty of a staycation is the money you’ll save on flights. You can justify upgrading your room or treating yourself to that fancy bottle of champagne.
But, of course, if there is somewhere in the country that has been on your ‘to see’ list for a while, if you can bag a bargain then it’s certainly worth considering.
“But, darling, I thought you loved fishing?”
Planning can be half the fun when it comes to a romantic getaway, plus it will save any unpleasant surprises. Pick a budget and make sure you’re doing something you’ll both enjoy, then all you have to do is relax.
4 Be adventurous
It has long been established that adventure and romance go hand-in-hand. Nothing will make you bond like some adrenaline-fueled fun. Try something like canyoning, kayaking or bungee-jumping—anything that gets the blood pumping is sure to make for a romantic time.
5 Maximise your time
Don’t be afraid to whip out the spreadsheets – when it comes to planning your staycation you can’t be too organised. Even if you don’t stick to the plan, it always helps to go through the process to make sure you won’t miss out on anything.
6 Keep an eye out
The beauty of a staycation is you can up and go at the last minute. Keep an eye out for cheap hotel deals and get ready to pounce! With no visas or vaccinations to worry about you just have to pack a bag and enjoy yourself.
7 Have a sea change
Or a tree change. Or a city change. Just get away from the norm. You don’t have to go far to feel like you’re in a whole new world. Whether it’s a tranquil bush retreat to bring yourself back to earth or a city break to recharge your batteries, you know what they say, ‘a change is as good as a holiday’, and this is both!
8 Try something new
When was the last time you did something for the first time? Whether it’s your first trip away together or your 20th wedding anniversary, trying something new together will add an extra thrill to your staycation. Take a cooking class, go stand up paddle boarding or see that musical your friends keep telling you about – you never know ‘til you try.
9 The hotel is the holiday
Choose a hotel that has everything you want, whether that’s an awesome pool, a casino, a spa, a great restaurant, or whatever, and you can just chill out resort-style without enduring the long-haul flight to get you there.
10 Romance is individual
Remember, romance doesn’t always have to be champagne and strawberries. If your idea of romance is meandering around an art gallery and eating sushi, then that’s what you should do. If you’d rather drive one of Australia’s best road trips or take a digital detox, then you should do that.