Do you need some scheduled time to rest and relax before the busy-ness of fall hits, but you know that traveling is just not in the cards? Then a Staycation is for you. Otherwise known as taking a vacation while you stay in your current city/town, a Staycation is a great way to recuperate without the hassle of traveling, all while keeping a modest budget. Being someone who has taken many a Staycation in my day, I thought wouldn’t it be fun to share my top tips for making sure your Staycation is a joyous and relaxing success!
Make a “Wouldn’t that be fun?” List
Make life easy – brainstorm ideas of what to do on your Staycation ahead of time. What’s going on your city/town that week? Festivals? Events? Concerts? Coming up with a big list of ideas is fantastic because then, come your Staycation, all you have to do is look at your list and say “I feel like doing … that today!” It also should be noted that this is a great type of list to make any time of the year 🙂
Decide on a Solo or Social Staycation
Is this Staycation for you and you alone, to reenergize and refuel with some “me” time? Is it more of a social staycation for you to get to spend quality time with the people you love? Or is it both? Getting clear on this choice ahead of time will ensure that you get what you want and need out of your Staycation. Set your intentions for your planned “playtime” and then make it happen!
Check the Weather Ahead of Time
I firmly believe that a Staycation can be equally enjoyable whether the forecast is bright and sunny or torrential rain all day. Just make sure to check your local forecast ahead of time to you can plan accordingly and find an activity to fit the weather. If it’s supposed to be rainy, a Star Wars movie marathon or a trip to your local art museum may be just the thing!
Do Something You Don’t Normally Do
Onc of the greatest things about traveling away is that it gets us out of our day-to-day routines and allows us to see the world from a different perspective for a little while. The same can happen on a Staycation if we are intentional about it. Explore a part of your city/town you’ve never been! Make a reservation at a restaurant you wouldn’t normally try! Go to the library and check out a book on a topic totally foreign to you! Any of these ideas (and lots more) will help to get you out of yourself and come away from your Staycation inspired and refreshed.
Remember to Treat Yourself
There are countless ways in which we can treat ourselves, and not all of them include ice cream. What about a barefoot walk in the park? Or going to a movie alone? Whatever treating yourself feels like to you, remember to take some time for it on your Staycation. After all, you work hard and you deserve it!
Ok, now I’d love to hear from you. What’s one thing you’d love to do on your next Staycation?