If you’ve ever traveled across the country you already know that sometimes vacation can be hard work; even traveling just five or six hours away can be taxing and a hassle! With the travel time and all the expense involved you might not have the time or extra cash for elaborate plans.
Don’t be sad! It is possible to get the most out of those days off and have a fantastic time. Here are some of my favorite ways to have an unforgettable time while on staycation:
1. Dump the electronics
Find alternatives to spending time than with your head buried in the cell phone, laptop or email; it’ll just feel like any other day of the week. Instead, make it a point to unplug completely. You’d be surprised but it IS possible to live without it. Say No to work and your work family; you don’t need reminders or need to hear all the stuff you’re missing at work. You’ll be back soon enough. The goal is freedom and rejuvenation and less interaction might be the very thing you need to feel rested and refreshed.
2. Creative scheduling:
Especially important if you are limited on your time off; I highly recommend scheduling days off around holidays or other important events. If you schedule time off from your employer the days leading up to or following your paid vacation days, you can extend the life of your time off. It’s also a time when you can plan on attending parties or special occasions related to the holiday that you might not have otherwise been able to or might not have had access to. Just because it’s a staycation doesn’t mean you can’t have extended time off. Vacation or staycation, it all belongs to you! Choose those days carefully.
3. Party time:
Whether you prefer to keep things low-key and relaxed or would rather the energy of the nightlife, plan on attending a party at some point during your time off. Music, dancing, and great conversation make for a good time no matter where you are at. Parties can reconnect you with friends while allowing you to meet new people; usually, makes for a great time and a lot of laughs. If attending isn’t your thing, consider throwing one. You can be a hostess and plan a themed event that appeals to your style. If a party is too much consider hosting an elegant dinner or just put one together at a local restaurant to get everyone together. Splurge a little and hire help for clean-up and it won’t feel like much work at all.
4. Area attractions:
I’d bet money there is at least one attraction or museum near you that you’ve never taken the time to visit but have thought about. Put together a list of local venues that might be fun and make a plan to include it in your staycation. Better yet, plan your visits with a friend; reconnect, have fun and make some memories. Having a great staycation is about making the most out of your surroundings, with a little thought and planning you can have a wonderful vaca without ever leaving your town.
5. Treat yourself:
Usually when away on vacation we treat ourselves to unique adventures, fine dining, adventure sports or book a session at the spa. All of those things are available nearby too. Treat yourself to those things that speak to your heart and soul and DO IT! Just because you didn’t travel across the country doesn’t mean you don’t deserve the royal treatment.
6. Day tripping:
Branch out a little bit and visit small towns nearby, lakes or resorts that are within an hour or two visits that you could easily drive to and from in a day. This alone will satisfy your desire to visit someplace new and trick your brain into thinking you have. If you’re really enjoying yourself consider staying overnight and meeting some of the locals, trying new food and new experiences.
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or prefer the life of luxury, spending time in nature has a lot to offer. Make it a point to plan for an overnight camping, or Glamping, trip and experience the peace and tranquility that only nature can provide. Hiking, fishing, and swimming are all great activities you can do when camping. If the outdoor activities aren’t your thing try making yourself cozy around the fire with a good book and a glass of wine. If you purposely plan for only staying one night you don’t have to be as concerned with packing a bunch of supplies etc. Don’t make it feel like work if you don’t have to. Check out some great Camping gear below.
8. Take in a Show:
You don’t have to travel out of town to grab tickets to a popular show. Check out your local scene and take in a performance. Musicals, magic shows and comedies are great choices for those that don’t frequent the theater. When was the last time you attended a concert? Maybe you’d like to try something new and see a ballet or opera? New experiences are stimulating, invigorating and offer memorable moments for you to fall back on.
9. Hotel life
Why spend your nights at home faced with dishes and the same old view. To truly feel like you’re on vacation, consider staying at a local hotel during your time off. Since you’re saving cash on traveling consider splurging and booking the grand experience. Hotels also offer amenities you might enjoy such as a pool, hot tub, and room service. Let someone else do the cleaning and cooking, you’re on vacation!
How many times have you been on vacation and bought a souvenir or something useless? You can admit it, we’ve all done it. Check out local boutiques or small shops that you don’t normally visit and buy some stuff. You deserve to be pampered and retail therapy is the way to get it. Not wanting to waste your money on frivolous items? Instead, buy one or two things that you’ve been dreaming about. The idea is to treat yourself, have fun and feel dynamite.
Make it a point during your staycation to avoid work and doing things that you despise. Don’t spend your time cleaning out that closet just because you finally have a little spare time, it can wait. Say No to cleaning out the car, the laundry, and housework. This should be time set aside specifically for you to experience joy, pleasure and some much-needed rest and relaxation. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for the change of scenery and routine.
Build time in your schedule to rest so you’re not constantly on-the-go; Avoid post-vacation depression by leaving yourself the last day to simply lounge around the house and transition back to work mode.
Don’t waste your precious time off; you’ve earned it so make the most of it! Spend a little time now planning for the best staycation and I promise you’ll have a great one. Check out some staycation books for ideas on how to plan the perfect stay!