How To Have a Fun Staycation
This time of year can be a real drab for many people. Why wouldn’t it be when we’ve just finished up celebrating half of the major national holidays within 2 months of each other? There are no other “fun” national holidays to look forward to for months now. The next “fun” break for many isn’t until Spring Break.
So how do you power through these next couple of months and stay sane?
A staycation can do just the trick.
What exactly is a Staycation?
A staycation is just what it sounds like: a vacation that doesn’t require travel. You stay home, or stay in a hotel near your home.
Taking a staycation is inexpensive, relaxing, and fun. It’s the perfect thing to do to boost your energy and help you make it through these dreary winter months.
Benefits of a Staycation
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the average American moves 11.7 times in his lifetime. That’s 11 different places you could be experiencing.
Many of us have the “travel bug” and have journeyed all over the world. But how many of us have actually taken the time to experience and enjoy the events and activities our own home towns offer? Besides, taking a staycation means you’re more relaxed from not having to go through airport security checks, taking red eye flights, or driving long, monotonous hours across the country with the kids in the back seat asking, “How much longer?” every 30 minutes. (It’s looking more and more appealing now, isn’t it?)
One of the other major benefits to a staycation is that you save money. This means no booking fees, no airfare, no rental car, etc. This could quite literally save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars as the average American vacation costs around $224 per day.
A staycation also means that you’re already familiar with the area–meaning you wont have to always rely on Siri or the car GPS to get you to your destination.
How to Enjoy a Staycation
One problem many people find themselves in is because staycations are so comfortable (vacationing in your own home and all), you can sometimes get stuck in the mundane routines you’ve built. For instance, you may clean your house regularly, but are you cleaning a hotel room or an AirBNBwhile on a typical vacation? NO! Don’t fall into this trap. Treat your staycation like it is a real vacation. No laundry, no home projects, no organizing. This is your free card to enjoy being lazy around the house and play!
Another key element to enjoying your staycation is having a plan in place. Just like you wouldn’t fly to Hawaii without an itinerary for the week, you shouldn’t plan a staycation and not have an idea of what you want to do.
Find out what sights and events or activities are around your home that you’d like to try. Maybe you’ve always wanted to go rockclimbing, so hit the gym or hire someone to take you. Maybe you want to explore the newest hiking trail up the canyon and have a picnic. Or maybe you just want to experience new restaurants in town. Start making a bucket list of ideas, and feel free to ask your friends and family members what sounds fun to them.
Below are some more ideas of activities to do no matter where you live:
- Sightsee in your own town
- Go geocaching
- Have a day at the spa
- Visit a local museum, or take the kids to a children’s museum
- Hit the beach (or a pool at a hotel if necessary)
- Go biking on an outdoor trail
- Go see a new movie
- Go shopping
- Go snowshoeing
- Go snow skiing or snowboarding
- Attend a ball game
- Attend a concert/ show
- Play some board games
- Go the arcade
- Play at a bounce house/ trampoline place
- Visit an aquarium
- Visit an amusement park
- Go fishing
- Spend quality time with your family
A staycation can be a good thing for the whole family. Have any tips or ideas to share about your staycations? Leave a comment below!