staycation, all i ever wanted

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tee: Madewell // jeans: Banana Republic // shoes: Old Navy // bandana: vintage (similar) // purse: vintage Coach via Pieceology Vintage

photos by Chelsea Francis

I have a hot take for you today: a staycation is all the best parts of a vacation without the work. No long drive or early flight, no living out of or lugging around a suitcase, no extensive planning or accommodation booking necessary. Simply turn on your email auto-response and turn off all post notifications - bam, vacation has begun! Sleep in late, go to all the places you never get around to visiting, have dinner at the slightly nicer Mexican food restaurant than the one you usually frequent. There's little I enjoy as much as playing tourist in my own town. I know I get pretty lucky calling Austin home, but I think any city, big or small, can be fun to experience as an outsider.

If you are feeling overwhelmed with all the work you have to do leading up to your vacation this summer (or all the work you'll have waiting for you when you come back), might I suggest a staycation? Heck, book an Airbnb and stay in someone else's house in your own town. So adventurous, y'all!

All of this to say - if anyone wants to take me to the beach, make all the plans while we're there, and answer my overflowing inbox when we return, I'm down for a vacation. 'Til then, I'm happy to take a vacation right here at home.

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