We know what you’re thinking; the negative connotations of ‘staycation alone’ imply at best a breakup, possibly a breakdown or, if things have gotten really desperate, an attempt at breaking bad. But it needn’t be assumed that a short holiday on your Jack Jones mean you’re running away from something or going through a personal crisis of sorts.

Nope, it seems that more and more of us, in the face of an ever more relentless rat race and social media driven pursuit of unattainable perfection, are choosing to take a break alone, close to home. With that in mind, here are 5 IDEAL reasons to go on a staycation alone.

LEARN THE ART OF INDEPENDENCE

Everything, it seems, can now be done at the touch of a button. Whether this is dinner delivery, dating or D.I.Y, we millennials only need to reach for our phone and a problem, at least in the short term, is solved or desire satiated. A trip alone, perhaps to a small cottage by the sea or even large country houses to rent for a weekends away can help bring the focus back to doing things truly for yourself, without leaning on apps or others. In the modern world, it seems that the art of independence has suffered; wrestle back control, at least for a little while.

WRITE YOUR OWN ITINERARY

Don’t you hate communication, conversation and, worst of all, compromise? Well, maybe hate is going a bit far, but sometimes it’s nice to be a little bit selfish, don’t you think? Being on a staycation also means being on terra firma – familiar ground – so you’ll have the confidence to pen your own agenda; there are so many sites to see on these shores that are often overlooked. Take the chance to tick a few off your bucket list without interruption from external forces.

GET THINGS DONE, OR DO NOTHING AT ALL

We think it’s safe to say that each and every one of us has a to-do list which we’d like to have more ticks on. Life always seems to get in the way of learning that new language, cooking that new cuisine or reading that new book by your favourite author. A solo staycation is the perfect time to do a few of these things, in your own time and at your own leisure. And if you don’t manage to, or just choose to kick back instead, then no one is going to know anyway. Bliss.

‘ME TIME’, ALL THE TIME

If getting things done seems to conflict with your very idea of a holiday, then not to worry. This staycation is all about you. You don’t need to keep anyone else happy, so if you wish to sleep in late, you can; with nobody bothering you about getting up to see the sunrise, or get to the breakfast bar before it closes. You can recline in the tub, with a bottle of something fizzy, and daydream, without an actual conversation breaking into your thoughts.

GAIN SOME MUCH NEEDED PERSPECTIVE

It’s often said that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone, or only when you’re home do you know you were lost. Well, a trip away on your tod will give you a bit of perspective about what you cherish and value in life, in the domestic space and in the company you keep. That insight will help in prioritising the right kind of people and process when you get back to normality.