Making the Most of Your Staycation
Traveling to a new place for spring break or during the summer can be fun and exciting. However, is can also be an expensive endeavor. It can also be quite stressful, especially if you have to fly to your destination or spend hours of your precious vacation time in the car. Staying in town can be just as fun and relaxing, especially if you only have a few days to enjoy yourself.
Financing Your Staycation
Whenever you go on a vacation, you generally have to work out a budget. Between plane flights or the cost of gas, food and activities, financing a destination vacation can be expensive. If you are staying home, give yourself a budget to work with. Staying home can absolutely save you money, but focusing on spending as little as possible can also take over your focus and prevent you from having fun. Budget for nights out and for any activities so you feel more encouraged to actually make a vacation out of your time.
Turn Off the World
When you spend vacation away from home, you are probably more likely to put all of your work on hold. Your staycation should be no different. Set up an “out of office” message on your work email and let it. Turn off your cell phone and only check the messages occasionally as needed. Shut down your computers and do not turn them back on until your staycation is over.
Part of the fun of going on vacation is to not have to cook or clean while you are away. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to do this right at home. Treat yourself to a one-time maid service at the beginning of your staycation so you can enjoy a spotless home. If you like the idea of having someone else make dinner for you, you can go out to eat as you please or keep a stack of your favorite take-out restaurants nearby. This is a great opportunity to try new places.
Explore Your Neighborhood
There are always fun things to do no matter where you are. If you are staying at home for a few days, take the chance to just explore. Visit your local parks and spend the day reading and playing with the kids under the sun. Hop on the train or in the car and head downtown to see what you can find. Many towns and cities have their own museums and points of interest. Go to your local historical society to learn about the place you live. Visit the local shops to support your city’s artists and small business owners. If you need an adults-only night out, visit your local breweries to try some craft beers. You may even get to join in a game of trivia and meet new friends.
Spend the Night In
If relaxing at home is more your thing, there are plenty of ways that you can still relax. If you love to read, set up a comfortable place where you can sit and relax all day long. Make a pitcher of iced tea or lemonade, pull up a comfy chair and let your book do your traveling for you. Movie festivals are also fun ways to spend time. Pick a theme and have your friends and family contribute movies to watch. Grab a bunch of snacks, turn off the lights and enjoy the show.
The most important part of staycation is to have fun and get refreshed. During your staycation, do what makes you happy, whether that means leaving the house to go exploring or staying at home to enjoy your time away from the world.