Staycations were first discussed a few years ago when the economy grew shaky. Workers worried about keeping their jobs. Travel costs and gas prices increased. Although people had time off coming, they couldn't afford the behemoth vacation expenses. Many just stayed home. Thus, staycations were invented.
At first glimpse, a staycation might not sound like much fun. However, when you consider all the activities you can squeeze into your staycation at vastly decreased costs, you'll see that staying home is a great way to spend your vacation.
Once you and your family decide to take a staycation, make some plans in advance about how all of you wish to spend your time together. Because you'll be staying home, you have the opportunity to select several different activities over a few days or weeks. You may want to start with suggestions from the list below as you think about how to spend your staycation.
- Get to know your own local community and what it offers. Ever wanted to check out some of the tourist attractions in your hometown? Make a list of the local attractions you want to see and then go to the ones that interest you the most.
- Visit a local business you want to experience. For example, that new, expensive restaurant that just opened across town. You may have thought you wouldn't ever go there, but it's certainly less expensive than a traditional vacation! Because you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on travel, hotels, and 3 meals a day for your whole family, you may have enough financial resources to try a new restaurant or another local business that intrigues you.
- Reconnect with family and friends who live locally. So often, life just seems to take over. Before you know it, it's been months or even years since you've seen your friends or family members. Take time off to visit your family and friends, and while you're at it, plan a daytime activity to do together. For example, depending on where they're located, visit a restaurant together, spend the day at the beach, plan a picnic activity, visit a botanical garden, go on a locally guided tour, etc.
- Consider having a family game day on your staycation. Pick at least one whole day to do nothing but play games and have fun with your kids and/or spouse. Allow each of your kids to select an activity they want to do with you. Create memories of these special times you have with one another by taking lots of pictures together while engaging in these activities. Most importantly, have fun together as a family.
- Spend some quality time with your partner. A day at the beach, a dinner out, or a walk in the local park can do wonders for your relationship. Enjoy each other without having to worry about travel and expenditures, or about how to pay off your credit cards when you get back from your vacation.
- Go see a movie at the local theatre. Have you wanted to go see some newly released movies but haven't had the time? A staycation is a great way to plan and go see movies at your local theatre alone or with your family. If you prefer performing arts, check out the local theatre, museum, opera, or symphony.
- Speaking of movies, you can also have each person in the family select a DVD of their choice for the whole family to view together in the evening. Get the snacks and gather in the family room for your own homegrown movie night.
- Complete a home project. Although it's not for everyone, doing some work around the house can be rewarding. Completing a home project can bring you a newly updated room or perhaps a lovely outdoor living area that you can use to host family and friends. One thing to note, if you decide to do a home project on your staycation, discuss it with your family in advance to hear their views about it. It would also be wise to limit the number of staycation days you plan to spend on working on your home project to allow for leisure and recreation too.
- Plan and carry out a garage sale, indulge in your favorite hobby, or help your kids have the sleepover they've always wanted. The list of activities you and your family can do during your staycation is endless. Use your creativity and imagination to come up with some of your own ideas.
Spending your vacation at home can be fun and full of adventures. Taking a staycation is a good option if you're planning to fit in your work schedule or are on a tight budget this year. Try a staycation style holiday. You'll love it!