If you’re looking for the advantages of a traditional vacation, but you either don’t have or don’t want to spend the money associated with taking a trip, then planning a staycation might be perfect for you.
Staycation? What’s that?
A staycation is a vacation where you stay home or local to your home and experience things as if you are on vacation. This doesn’t mean you don’t leave your home, but instead that you stay within your community and cut the costs of paying for a hotel. By limiting your travel distance to what you can reach by vehicle or public transportation, you save a considerable amount of money by taking a staycation rather than a traditional vacation.
How to plan your staycation
Like a vacation, you’ll need to create a plan to fully enjoy your staycation. What follows are a few tips to help you get the most out of your time off.
List things you want to do: What have you been putting off that you can do on your staycation? A few ideas include:
- Date night
- Seeing a local theater production
- Game night
- Dining in, snuggling, and watching a movie
Think of the things you’ve wanted to do, but never seem to find the time to get around to experiencing. Those are the perfect activities and will help you create a memorable staycation for yourself and others.
Set a budget: Staycation budgets are lightweight are rarely deviate too far off from one’s everyday expenses. Allocate the amount of money you’re willing to spend on your staycation and start from there. Like a vacation, your budget will determine what you can and cannot do while enjoying your staycation.
Draw up a daily plan: If you’re taking a week off, then plan out each day just like you would for a vacation. Think about what you’d like to accomplish, places you’d like to see, and activities you’d like to experience.
Stay away from work: It’s not a staycation if you work from home. Don’t communicate with your team unless it’s necessary. Staycations are like vacations and your team should respect your time.
Change the scenery around your home: Not interested in doing anything too crazy? Staycations are great times to get around to those home improvements you’ve been putting off. Or you can pick a room to redecorate, put out some books to read, and pretend that you’re in a new place.
Choose at least one location to visit: Your community probably offers many attractions that are within driving distance. Plan to spend at least part of a day at one or more of these locations. This is your mini getaway, so make the most of it.
Go outside: Spend as much time as you can outdoors if the weather permits. For those who work indoors most of the time, staying in your backyard, visiting a park, or just getting out and about can really make all the difference.
If you’re looking for a low-budget way to enjoy your time off, then plan a staycation. You may find that the advantages of a staycation are quite considerable. Plus, you can see the sights around your community while getting the relaxation that you need.