Let me just pluck some money off my money tree to pay for my next trip. Back to reality… I obviously can’t travel whenever I feel like packing my bags. A good alternative is a STAYCATION. You can save money because you don’t have to worry about needing a plane ticket, booking a hotel room, and renting a car. The key to a fantastic staycation is to deviate from your daily routine. Here are 10 tips to planning a fun staycation:
1. Plan daily activities. Just like you would never go on vacation without plans (well…maybe you would but I would NEVER), it may be best to plan out your days before your staycation starts. What could you do?
OUTDOORS: ice skating, rollerblading, swimming, mini golf, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, biking, zoos, fishing, a day at the beach.
INDOORS: museums, planetariums, movies, trampoline parks, arcades, bowling, paint pottery, indoor water parks,
2. Be a tourist. Use your imagination and pretend to have just come to town for the first time. How will you spend your day? Take a hop-on-hop-off bus, do a walking city tour, ride on a Duck Boat.
3. Stay in a hotel for a night. Make the most of your hotel experience. Use the pool and the fitness room. Is there a hot tub or a sauna? Eat dinner at the hotel restaurant and order room service for breakfast. If you have points with a certain hotel brand, it won’t even cost you a dime!
4. Explore a new town. Get in the car and go check out that adorable town you’ve been wondering about. Walk the downtown area, grab a latte in a café, go into some cute shops, and eat somewhere new for dinner.
5. Go camping. Don’t want to go out into the woods? Try camping in your backyard. Make s’mores by the campfire and tell ghost stories. Too cold (or terrified…like me) for the outdoors? Build an indoor campsite. Pitch a tent in the living room and use your imagination.
6. Use your library passes. Many libraries have passes that give free admission or a big discount on attractions. Try going somewhere you’ve never been.
7. Let the house chores go. Put your blinders on and forget the laundry, messy bathrooms, and dirty floors. And don’t even think about pulling out that iron.
8. Cooking in or eating out? Decide whether you’re going to eat in or dine out most days. If you decide to cook, choose easy meals for breakfast and lunch. This is the perfect time to try a new restaurant or to make a meal that the whole family prepares together.
9. Limit electronics time. Set up an ‘out of office’ message and try not to respond to work emails. No need to put the phone away completely…maybe only use electronics if you are doing it together as a family. Make a funny video together or take some fun family selfies.. Play a game on an app like Heads Up or Would You Rather.
10. Have a spa day. A day at the spa can be pricy, but there are many ways to bring the spa to your own home. Do a yoga video on YouTube or find a video to learn to meditate. Do a hot oil treatment on your hair. Do a home facial with ingredients you have at home. Do your own mani/pedi session. Make your own bath bombs or just relax in a warm bath.
What does your family like to do on staycations?