The Art of the Staycation
When it comes time to take vacation, you may choose to jet-off to more exciting places — a luxurious beach stay, big-city adventure or a road-trip getaway. Although it’s easy to see the appeal of these new experiences, we’ve got a suggestion for you — how about a staycation? That’s right, a vacation you take in your very own home.
It may seem like a silly waste of vacation days, but it’s actually a great way to get caught up, relax and get a fresh perspective on your life. Not to mention staycations are far more affordable than venturing out of town. And avoiding airport security lines and weekend traffic? That’s just an added bonus.
Intrigued? We say go for it. And make the most of your staycation with these fun-filled activities.
Camp out. Pop a tent in your backyard and set the scene with all the camping essentials — think s’more’s supplies, an acoustic guitar for fireside singalongs and a deck of cards.
Watch a flick. Plan a themed movie night and select films that’ll bring you hours of entertainment. And don’t forget to stock up on your favorite theatre snacks! Want to make it extra fun? Set the date for a week day night — you are on vacation after all.
Explore your city. Sure, you live there, but have you actually ever explored beyond your favorite spots? Try a new restaurant, picnic at a new park or visit a museum you’ve never been to. You’ll come back from your time off a better citizen of your home town.
Book a room. Odds are your town has a luxury hotel, but since your house is just minutes away, you’ve probably never thought to say there. Why not use the money you save to spring for a fancy room with great views and room service? We all deserved to be pampered from time to time.
Reconnect. Take this time to call someone far away to chat. No agenda, just time to catch up and escape from the normal distractions that usually sidetrack or prevent the conversation.
Enjoy nature. Whether you live in an apartment with a patio or a countryside home with an expansive yard, we can all find little ways to soak up some sun and breathe in fresh air. Simply set out a lawn chair or go on a hike to local landmarks. You’d be surprised at just how refreshing it is to enjoy your surroundings.
Treat yourself. In our ever-busy lives, it can be hard to find time just for ourselves. But when you’re on your staycation, the time is limitless! So go ahead and take that bubble bath, learn that new hobby or read the book that’s been collecting dust on your shelf. It’s the perfect time to disconnect and focus on you.
No matter how you choose to spend your hard-earned days off, remember to skip the rigorous itinerary and allow yourself the chance to unwind and reboot. There’s something truly powerful about slowing down to appreciate your life just as it is — no bells and whistles. And the savings come with perks, too.