For those who love getting out there and enjoying what the world has to offer, being grounded can feel like a serious punishment. Even for those who are not used to traveling, taking a break from the daily grind is probably something that sounds quite enticing right about now. With fewer options for long-distance travel on the table, creating a unique Staycation experience is the next best thing. Even if you can travel but you want to think economically, a staycation is the ultimate budget choice.
In addition to saving money, staycations are eco-friendly, time-saving, and ultimately more flexible than hopping on a flight overseas or even completing a drive across the country. If you are interested in making the most of your time at home but are at a loss about how to do it, we have some creative suggestions. With our tips, you can experience a vacation here at home that you will never forget.
#1 Plan Your Staycation In Advance
The point of a staycation is to enjoy time away from the daily grind it may seem unusual to spend time planning. Just like you would plan a vacation away from home, you will need to plan your staycation at home. If you don’t create a structure for your getaway without getting away, it will be the same routine that you routinely follow at the end of the workweek. Planning out your staycation will give you a range of new activities to try, or simply a collection of things to do that you previously never had time to complete.
#2 Set A Theme
Think about your travel style, is it relaxed and laid back, or healthy and active? Are you an indulgent traveler who lives in the moment or do you make calculated choices? Whatever your style you can adopt the same methods to your staycation. Knowing your style will help you chose a theme and schedule for your time at home. For example, if you like to explore when you travel consider taking in the marvels of your town through the eyes of a tourist. Explore new places that you may have overlooked or even join a professional tour of your city. If your area is recognized for its culinary delights, consider turning your staycation into a gastronomic getaway. Visit the premier restaurants in your area and try new dishes that are out of your comfort zone. You can even go camping if you have local mountains and trails in your area. Naturally, nothing beats getting away from home while staying in. There are plenty of Airbnb in just about every city so you can discover a new place to explore the city for a change of scenery.
#3 Turn Your Home Into A Hotel
For those who will be staying at home, take the time to transform your house into a private getaway. Consider hiring a maid service if that is within your budget so you can enjoy all of your time instead of splitting it between cleaning and vacationing. You can also decorate your home with fresh flowers and plants to give it a different vibe than your usual daily setup. Skip your usual breakfast items and invest in fancy coffees, teas, and treats that you would usually find on a trip away. There are even many food delivery services that you can arrange in advance to provide freshly cooked meals for however many days you plan to vacation in. If you plan to vacation locally at a BnB or hotel, choose one that offers the atmosphere you desire for your days off.
#4 Create A Budget
Staying at home will be much more affordable than traveling somewhere far away. As a result, you can probably afford to do much more than you would otherwise have been able to if you had to worry about hotels and travel expenses. That being said, it is still critical to set a budget that is also reasonable. Aim for about a third or even half of the amount you would have spent on an external vacation. This will give you enough leeway to enjoy good food, quality cleaning services, and some entertainment without breaking the bank.
#5 Treat Your Staycation Like A Vacation
When you go away on a real vacation, your work and stress stay at home. The same thing should be true when you vacation at home. One of the best ways to do this is by not telling your officemates or your friends and family that you will be taking your time off and spending it at home. If you do, chances are people will still try to draw you in to do extra work or even stop by to infringe upon your staycation time.
#5 Unplug From The Internet & Plug Into Your Partner/Family
The most important way to make the most of your staycation is to be present and aware in each and every moment. Log off of social media, stay away from the news & television, and make an active decision to unwind. Talk with your partner and your family if they are staycationing with you. Explore activities together and use this time to reconnect without distractions. This is a great way to relearn everything there is to know about your partner or your kids while having fun at the same time.
#6 Pick Up Some Mementos
One of the best parts of traveling is picking up some meaningful goodies to take home that will remind you of your time away. Even though you are staying locally, you can still grab some momentos to remind you of your time off. Consider stopping by some local boutiques for off-the-wall items that you may have never seen until now. You can also take pictures at IG-worthy locations or during your upscale meals to mark the date. Anything that calls out to you during your staycation is a promising candidate for a souvenir.
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