For the first five years of our marriage (before kids), my husband and I went on a nice week long, out of state vacation at least once a year. We also racked up quite a bit of credit card debt in the process. Now, we’re much more careful with our money and only plan an out of town vacation when we can pay for the trip in its entirety – in cash. That means many years are spent at home, planning a staycation. Here are a few tips to help your next stay at home vacation be one of your best vacations ever.
- The Bucket List. If you don’t have a bucket list, or a list of things you want to experience before you die, make one out prior to planning your staycation. While many bucket lists include extensive travel, you will most likely find a few things that can be accomplished locally, like zip lining, bungee jumping, or painting a self-portrait. You may want to research your family genealogy, write a novel, or grow your own flowers from seed. The options are as diverse as your interest, and choosing one or more items from your bucket list to complete during your staycation is a sure-fire way to make your time at home memorable.
- Spoil yourself. Make a list of all those things you want to do during the workweek, but never find the time to indulge in with your busy schedule. Take an hour long bubble bath, have your coffee in the front yard during the sunrise, gaze at the stars, read a book in one sitting, make a five course meal, or sleep past noon. All those time-consuming tasks that tickle the back of your mind when you’re tired of working can now be made a priority during your stay at home vacation.
- Involve the family. Ask each family member, “If you could do anything you wanted to today, with a budget of $50, what would you do?” You may find that your daughter has always wanted to learn to identify birds by their songs, or your son dreams of visiting a classic car show. Devote one day to fulfilling each family member’s list.
- Choose a theme. Depending on how wacky you want to get, a themed staycation can be a real blast! You can adopt an Australian accent for the week and eat shrimp on the barbee every night. Transform your backyard into a tropical paradise and sunbathe while you learn to Hula dance from YouTube. Let your imagination be your travel guide and let loose a little during your stay at home vacation.
- Make memories. One of the best ways to ensure your staycation is a hit is to make an intentional effort to make lasting memories. Dance in the rain, eat ice cream before dinner, look through old photo albums, and document your staycation through journaling, photography, or video.
What are the best stay at home vacations you’ve ever had? What tips do you have for others planning a memorable staycation this summer?
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