Want to get away, but don’t have the cash? Don’t want to deal with the hassle of traveling with kids? Need to use up some of your vacation time? Whatever the reason is that you are taking a staycation, here is key to make your staycation feel like a real vacation.
Staycation for many different reasons; to save $$, to get stuff done, etc. Whatever the reason you are staycationing, be really clear about what you want out of your staycation. If you want to relax, don’t try and do a lot of house errands, book a day at the spa instead. If you want to get stuff done, staycation when your kids are in camp/school so you have some kid free time to really get stuff done. If you are saving $$, you have already saved a ton on airfare and hotel, so make sure to spend a little money doing something fun so you can really feel like you are on vacation.
Plan your staycation like a real vacation, get a guidebook and all. If you don’t actually plan your time, it will fly by and you will have missed it. Vacation time is to rest and recharge, so you can go back to work (or daily life) rejuvenated. If you don’t pre-plan your vacation, you will miss out on this.
What do tourists do in your city/town (or nearby)? What do you always want to do, but never have time for? In San Francisco, tourists spend a lot of their time in neighborhoods of the city doing things we would never do. It is fun, totally new, and like a vacation to go to those neighborhoods and do some of the cheesy tourist activities.
One of the reasons vacations are so fun is because you are trying something new everyday. You are exploring a new city, trying new restaurants, and doing new things. Your staycation will feel a lot more like a vacation if you do the same in your city/town. Try a new restaurant, visit a new neighborhood (for ideas, visit here), window shop new stores, go to a new museum, get out and explore.
Almost every parent has a to-do list a mile long; you could spend week(s) getting through your to-do list. Don’t be like my friend A who started her staycation with a big load of laundry only to have the washing machine break and spent the rest of the week dealing with trekking to the laundromat and getting a repair man in. Save the to-do list for next week, it will still be there, and spend your staycation doing activities that recharge you.
Any vacation involves some element of relaxation, whether it is leisurely brunches or sitting by the pool. To get that same feeling form your staycation, build some relaxation into your staycation; go picnic in the park, spend an hour drinking tea and reading a book, whatever it is that you find relaxing, make sure to spend some time doing it on your staycation.
Whenever we go on vacation Mr. H loves to find a spot with a good view to watch sunset and have cocktails. Whatever your usual vacation ritual is when you are away try and build it into your staycation to give you that true vacation feeling.
Everyone wants to feel recharged and refueled from a vacation. Here are my top tips for making your staycation (or even everyday life) feel more like a real vacation. What are your favorite staycation memories and tips? Share your thoughts in the comments.
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