As warm weather and impending summer holidays are upon us, many of us are looking for a break. Whether you have one night or an entire week or more at your disposal, it feels good to plan an escape. That’s when the questions start: do we go away, do we stay home, how do we get there, and how do we pay for it? If your answer to any of these is to spend your “days off” in the comfort of your own home, then I have some tips for you to make sure that the time is truly the “vacation” you’re looking for.
Plan your holiday.
Whether your plan to “staycation” is made to avoid the stress of travel-traffic, long lines at the airport, hours spent in the car or in airline terminals, and not-always-conducive sleeping arrangements-or to simply to save money, you need to plan this holiday just as carefully as you would any other. Decide on your goal(s) for vacation-do you want to relax, have fun, spend quality time with the family, etc., and plan activities to meet those needs. Bear in mind each person “accompanying” you on this vacation, and include something everyone will enjoy. Budget should be a consideration, though it doesn’t have to be extravagant, since you won’t need to include airfare, hotels, or mass mileage in your estimate.
Avoid working on your vacation.
One problem with taking a holiday at home is that you do not leave it behind. Try to catch up on laundry and go grocery shopping before your vacation begins, unless you enjoy doing these things when you’re on holiday. If you have unfinished home repair projects or chores that have been put on the back burner, it can be tempting to tackle them since you’re there anyway with free time on your hands. Wrong! You’re on vacation. Evidence of any projects that can’t be finished before the vacation starts should be set aside or hidden away till after your “return,” otherwise you’ll find you won’t truly be taking time off.
Relax, relax, relax.
The beauty of having a vacation at home is you don’t have to go anywhere if you don’t want to. You can spend the day in your pajamas, stay inside, veg out in front of the TV, or simply do nothing important. While you’re on vacation, take the opportunity to sleep in, youngsters permitting, or take an afternoon nap in the shade. Read a book, clear out your DVR, or take a long bath. Unwind and simply relax, in whatever form appeals to you. It’s your vacation, so make the most of it.
Plan to spend the day away.
A staycation doesn’t have to mean you spend the entire time at home. Play tourist in your home town and visit all the places you’ve always wanted to see but have never managed. Drive to a local amusement park, go to a ballgame, walk around downtown and read the historic markers. Part of a vacation should be taking the time to do the things you never have time for otherwise. Of course, you can always just try a new restaurant or take time to catch that movie you’ve been dying to see.
Whatever you do for your staycation, make it as memorable and as pleasant as any other vacation you’ve ever taken; because after all, that is exactly what it is meant to be.