• Matthew Carberry

Time for a staycation?

With international travel off the cards for the immediate future, it’s a great time to get to know your state or territory. Whether you’re solo, a couple, a family group, or bunch of friends, we have some great tips for getting away from it all – even if you can’t go that far.


Always wanted to see more of your own state or territory? With the current ban on overseas travel from Australia in force, now may be the perfect time to see the best of your own region. Even if you’re in a state that’s under lockdown at the moment, planning a trip for when restrictions ease can give you something to look forward to.

The benefits of staycation

There are some real benefits to holidaying closer to home:


Lower cost

Travelling locally can be a smart move financially. You won’t need to pay for flights, overseas travel insurance or international car hire. And with tourist operators keen to entice locals, you may be able find great deals on accommodation or activities.


Less time travelling

Choosing a location close to home can also be great for short weekend stays. And while flying seems faster than driving, if you add in the time spent going to and from the airport, checking in and collecting your luggage, the difference isn’t always that large. What’s more, enjoying the sights on the way can be part of the fun.


Pet-friendly

Many caravan parks, hotels and B&Bs now cater for pets. So staycations are great if you don’t want to leave your four-legged friend at home. It can also save on the cost and hassle of finding accommodation for your pets while you’re away.


Good for the community

Many regions and towns have had the double whammy of bushfires and COVID-19, and are grateful for the economic support that local tourists provide.


Top tips for planning your staycation

Here are some top tips to help you get the most out of your staycation – depending on your travel arrangements.


Going it alone

Anyone who’s travelled alone will know that extra costs of accommodation can really add up. But with Airbnb and tour operators now missing out on international travellers, they may be offering some discounts and deals for solos. So be sure to shop around before you book your accommodation. While many bus tours have been cancelled, if you want some company while travelling why not consider doing a walking tour?


Couples or groups

Yearning for a romantic weekend away? A scenic staycation in the countryside, hills, mountains or by the coast is an ideal destination to get away from it all. Consider a cottage or studio – or even try glamping and enjoy nature in comfort and style. If you’ve been on your own in lockdown you may want to travel with friends. While it’s fine to travel in a group, remember to keep numbers small, limiting the number of close interactions you have with other people.


Families

Being cooped up at home with kids during lockdown can be challenging. So when it’s time for a holiday, why not choose an active one? Depending on the age and capabilities of your kids, and your budget, some trips could include:

  • camping

  • a farm stay

  • mountain bike riding

  • swimming or snorkelling

  • bushwalking


Staying COVID-safe while on staycation

Remember, COVID-19 means that things are unpredictable – so before you make any travel plans, stay up to date with the COVID-19 situation in your state or territory, and follow instructions carefully.


  • Before you dine out in a restaurant or café, check the latest rules in the COVID-19 Restriction Checker.

  • When you’re out and about, keep 1.5 metres away from other people.

  • Avoid large gatherings and crowded indoor spaces like shopping centres.

  • Wash your hands frequently.

  • Pack hand sanitiser and tissues, and keep it with you at all times.

  • Check government recommendations about wearing masks.

  • Cough into your elbow, not into your hand.

  • Don’t travel if you’re feeling unwell.


Need some advice?

Taking time out and enjoying your leisure time is an important part of life – and good for your physical and mental wellbeing. Verve Group's friendly advisers can help you budget and save for holidays, so you can take time out of your busy life to rest and recharge.


Did you know we offer free initial financial planning consultations? There's no pressure to continue afterwards, so you've got nothing to lose!


Find out more on our website or give us a call on (08) 8120 4877.

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