Staycation definition is - a vacation spent at home or nearby.
Who doesn’t love taking a vacation? Sleeping in, eating delicious food, and the freedom to do absolutely nothing or absolutely anything with your day. Ah, living the dream! But sometimes a traditional vacation isn’t what you need or just isn’t in the budget.
An increasingly popular way to get away from it all is to go nowhere. Believe it or not, you can have plenty of fun by staying in your own neck of the woods or actually stay home. It’s called a “staycation,” where you pack zero bags, never fight traffic and don’t have to pay an arm and a leg to fill up the gas tank. For those who just want time with their families or a break from the office, the staycation is a great way to relax without busting the budget.
A Good Staycation Needs a Plan!
But like every good travel adventure, every good staycation needs a plan. It is far too easy when you stay in your normal routine and environment to get sucked back into work (“Just checking my email once, dear!”) or into the little chores of home (my pantry is a mess and oh that closet upstairs). Make it a point to talk through your staycation strategy for relaxing, having fun, and recharging.
So, what do you do on a staycation?
Staycation Ideas to plan on a budget
Start your staycation off right with a little rest and relaxation. How many times do you get the chance to close your eyes and catch some ZZZ’s in the middle of the day? Set up a hammock and take a snooze outside!
Read a good book
How many books do you have collecting dust on the shelf? Sure, you’re always wanting to read one, but there never seems to be enough time in the day. Now is your chance to dive into a good read—or several!
Take a hike in the great outdoors or enjoy a peaceful walk in a nearby park. Pack a lunch for the trip and enjoy a picnic with your family, or even grab your running shoes to work in some exercise!
Explore your city
Visit free museums, bookstores and that coffee shop you’re always meaning to check out. Are there any historic sites or tourist spots you’ve never been to? Use this opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of your city!
Have fun in the backyard
If the weather is nice, why not enjoy the beauty of your own backyard? Create some fun family memories! Put up a tent in the backyard, light the fire pit and make s’mores, or even spend an afternoon having a water balloon fight. If you supply the water and a sprinkler, the kids can even turn it into their own water park!
Have a movie night
You don’t have to leave your house to catch a good flick. Rent a movie—or even better—check one out from the library for free. Buy some popcorn, chips and candy from the dollar store and you have all the makings for a great (and cheap) movie night.
Plan a game night
Monopoly, Battleship, Clue—these games never go out of style! Dust off the board games and invite your family and friends over to enjoy the simplicity of a game night.
Take up a DIY project
How many projects or crafts have you wanted to do but don’t make the time to do them. You buy the supplies with good intentions but never have time. If DIY Projects or Crafting is something you find enjoyable, then plan it into your Staycation!
Go Bowling or some other fun activity
Family bonding and bowling go hand in hand! Who can resist a little friendly competition? Going to a bowling alley during the middle of the week can be surprisingly affordable. Did you know many bowling alleys even let kids bowl for free? Check out the deals during less popular hours.
Of course, these are just a few ideas to get you thinking. Sit down with your family and come up with your own list of things you can enjoy together while on staycation!
Or Plan to get a sitter and plan you own Staycation alone!!