1) Start and end date for your Staycation
Just as you would with a vacation, schedule a beginning and ending for your staycation to make it feel like a vacation.
Otherwise, it runs the risk of feeling like just another string of nights in front of the television.
2) Don't do any chores
That means no chores! Don't make the bed, vacuum, clean out the closets, pull weeds, nothing. NO HONEY DO LIST! You're on
3) Turn off the phone and computer
The point of a staycation is to have a vacation, and the point of a vacation is to get away from the demands of your
regular life. To truly do so, you need to stop being on call, and set your phone to go straight to voicemail. You can
check your messages each night if you want to, and decide who you want to call back. Put a stop on you mail. This is
not the time to see or worry about any bills. Also be sure to un-plug you computer, you might be tempted to do some work.
4) Try something different
When was the last time you went dancing, hiking or biking not including "Bike to Work Day"? Visit your local Jazz, Blues or
Comedy clubs. Plan your staycation around a concert or theater production you want to attend. Try something different: One
of the advantages of a traditional vacation is that it puts you in a different environment, where the opportunity to try
something new is greater than usual. There is no reason you can't apply this same idea to your staycation. Check out your
local scene for activities that you might not normally do but sound fun.
5) Don't plan to much for yourself
As you indulge in the fun that your city has to offer, remember to schedule in some down time to read, relax, sleep in,
and do all the things people really like to do on a traditional vacation. The idea of a staycation is to feel like
you've gotten a break, so be sure you get one. Just balance it out with fun activities, too.
6) Being around water can be very relaxing
Sometimes just looking out at the vastness of the ocean or the placidness of a lake can be a transporting experience.
It might not be the perfect vacation, but sometimes seeing an expanse that huge can really put things into perspective,
which is what a staycation is all about. If you can go boating do so. Go swimming or just sit near a pool. You get the
point, being around water can be very relaxing, so go fishing.
7) Don't be afraid to live a little
Nothing really says vacation like sleeping on a bed with a high thread-count and having dinner brought up to your hotel room
while you take a bubble bath. Since you're only going to spend a night or two, really take advantage of the amenities and
the facilities: if they have a concierge, have them book you a few restaurants. More than anything else, just enjoy that
feeling of being away from home and not having to clean up the mess you make. If you want to go to brunch, go shopping or
get a massage, you should do so. It contributes to the carefree mindset you're trying to capture with your staycation. Just
getting away for a night or two at a local hotel can feel exotic and fun. It can make all the difference in the world
between a great staycation, or just hanging around the house for a week.
8) Be a tourist
Staycation means you can play hometown tourist, and enjoy the fun things that your city (or surrounding areas) have to
offer, which you normally might go out of your way to experience. You may also be more inclined to do such fun things
during the rest of the year when you're not vacationing, which might provide a nice little escape that can help stave off
burnout. Do all the touristy things that you've never done in and around your home. You know, all that fun stuff you've
never done, do it. Or at least, one of them.
9) Spend some of your time with the people you enjoy
Picnic in the park or nice restaurant.
10) Do nothing or very little
Do nothing: Never underestimate the value of waking up when you want to and doing whatever you want, whenever you want, all
day long. Don't feel like your staycation has to produce any tangible results - it doesn't. Just getting renewed and
refreshed is reward enough.
The best vacation you ever had just may be a staycation. Remember the best staycations include some NEW adventure close
but away from home. Take some pictures so you will have something to remember your staycation by as well as talk about once
you return to work. Have a Great Staycation!
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