Staycations, vacations where you stay at home instead of traveling, are a popular way to save money while still getting the benefits of a holiday. With the economy as it is around the world, the rise in popularity of the staycation is no surprise; travel is often the first thing to get cut when money gets tight.
Skeptics of the staycation will say that it can’t really feel like a vacation when you’re at, or close to, home. I disagree. It may take a little extra planning, but staying close to home can be just as relaxing and fun as a typical vacation. For everything you need to know about how to plan a staycation, read on.
1. Plan Ahead
If you’re going away, there’s a sense of urgency to plan your trip. A hotel needs to be booked and tickets need to be purchased for outings and excursions. But when you’re staying close to home, it’s tempting to wing it. While one of the benefits of a staycation is that there is less planning involved, it’s important to make sure have a rough outline of what you would like to see and do. A little planning in advance will make your staycation more relaxing. Book tickets for local events, make reservations for dinner, and treat it like you would a normal vacation.
For many of us, one of the best parts about vacation is disconnecting from work and other obligations that cause stress in our daily lives. During a staycation, it can be easy to let work know that you’ll be around, so they can call if they need anything. It’s also tempting to check your email, pay bills, or try to finish projects around the house on your staycation. But to truly experience the benefits of a staycation, it’s essential that you disconnect and take time to yourself. Turn off your phone, don’t check your email, put aside household chores, and allow yourself to relax.
3. Have a Budget
Although one of the reasons you skipped this year’s vacation may have been to save money, it’s still a good idea to put aside money for your staycation. You won’t be spending money on typical travel expenses, but you’ll want to budget for eating out, tours, and even a day at the spa. That way, you’ll be able to treat yourself to things you might not normally do, without breaking the bank.
Whether you’ve lived in your area for years or moved there recently, chances are there are areas you haven’t fully explored your city. Avoid your usual restaurants and instead explore new local restaurants you’ve never tried before. Take the scenic route and enjoy this time: you have with no errands to run and no meetings to rush to. Go to that museum or check out that park you’ve been meaning to visit for years.
5. Plan Day Trips
Check out the areas near where you live and plan day trips. A day at a zoo, a hike in a state park, or even an afternoon spent exploring a nearby town will make the perfect day trip. If you can’t think of any ideas, check with your local tourism board, read TripAdvisor recommendations for what to do in your area, or check out a guidebook from the library. You’ll definitely find some great ideas for day trips in your area.
Whether it’s to save money or time, because your planned vacation fell through, or another reason all together, a staycation can be a great way to spend your vacation. The tips tell you everything you need to know about how to plan a staycation.
Have you been on a staycation? What tips do you have for others on how to plan a staycation?