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Updated on August 17, 2013
Can't beat boats and the water for relaxing!
Can't beat boats and the water for relaxing!
Love ducks!
Love ducks!

Vacations Can Get Busy....

Let's put it this way, I have had many vacations in my life where I rushed around to see as much as I could. Sometimes I was so exhausted, I could not wait to get home to my comfy bed! There is a method to vacation madness! Trust me.

I have decided that even jumping on a plane can be stressful and take more time. Ofcourse if you are visiting relatives, this paragraph does not apply to you. But if you are planning some time away, make sure that it is not stressful. What is the point? You may as well stay home!

This time around I was lucky that I did not have to mix business with my time away. Usually it is a mix of both and even if I feel like I'm relaxing, I'm not. This time I went to a place where it was removed from a city. I made sure that all of the "vacation adventures" were spread out and I hardly touched electronics and social sites. This was really good for me since I have work-a-holic tendencies and can take breaks on social sites into fun, mindless on-line chatter. I do post my poetry on social sites and love going into various poetry groups to join in, but this time I limited it and decided to stay off the computer most of the time. This was really good for me.

I decided to plan out activities every other day or atleast take a break the next morning and venture around later in the day. Most people try to get an early start to everything worrying about lines and whatever else may occur. The best thing I could have done was not plan main activities on the weekends. Everything was during the week and all went smoothly even if I went to places later in the day. I also made sure that I rented a bicycle to venture around since this is what I do at home on my own bike. This made me relax and enjoy the sites and surroundings.

Boats And Ducks

There is something to say for staying near the water. I grew up near the beach but having the water outside your door is heaven. I never really wanted to live near the beach or in a beach house (I have stayed in many) even though I could have done so many years ago. I'm much more of a marina, boat and duck person. I grew up on boats with my father's many friends who took us out on their beautiful yachts on the weekends. I produced a television pilot a while ago where we shot a scene on a boat out in the marina. It was so relaxing I almost fell asleep and I was supposed to be directing! The main point is that just seeing it in the morning makes me relax a lot.

I remember my time in a wonderful hotel in Austria looking out at the water and the snow covered mountains. There were boats out at the water also and I lost my breath and just stayed there taking it all in. Lovely being somewhere that is sort of like a natural painting. Even though I grew up in the city, I no longer live in one. I will never stay in one again unless I have too for business. That is the only reason I would. The noise, the chaos and everything else puts my blood pressure in high gear! Forget it!


This word evolved for people who did not have time to travel or no funds to splurge on a traditional vacation. After all it can and does get expensive and in this current economy, not everyone can afford to. A STAYCATION can mean doing fun and different things around your home. Maybe some things you would not normally do. Mix it up a little! Maybe do a picnic in your yard with the kids or a dear friend? Turn off all of the electronics for a set amount of time. Have a party at your home and pretend it is a holiday! There are so many things you can do around your home. Take in local sites and explore the history of your closest city. One time my work schedule was so busy, that I set up tents in my backyard and we went camping! The kids did not know the difference and when they got fed up, they came inside and went to bed! Great memories indeed!

Just remember, even if money or vacation time is tight there are so many things you can do. Visit a museum and bring a picnic lunch to share with dear friends and/or family. Have an art party at your home where everyone brings art supplies and shares ideas! Another fun thing is to have everyone come and cook their special dish and show how they do it! In the South they call this a "potluck!" People just usually bring their favorite dish they cook, but it would be fun to cook together and learn something new! Just remember to always bring nice and relaxed people around that do not feed on drama or chaos! No grumpy people either that you need to cater to in order to make them feel better! This is your time to relax at home! Otherwise your STAYCATION will turn into a STRESSCATION!


One thing I learned for sure this time around. Lack of sleep makes for a more unhappy time when you venture out. I made sure that I put my sleep first no matter what! I normally do not do this especially since I have kids who are up at different hours in the morning. This vacation I made sure I had some good "me" time and it made all of the difference in the world. I took the time to relax and read near the water and the boats and also made sure to do "nothing" in the beginning and the end of the day. Basically just rest and meditate in a way.

If you are venturing out and have kids or friends to go on the adventure with, make sure you do something special for you. Even just one thing a day makes a difference! Otherwise you may just as well stay home. I finally feel like I got it right this time! I truly enjoyed my time away! Getting rid of the electronics was a plus in a big way. It really made me feel more relaxed. There is something to say about too much time on the computer. Being away from it for a week really made a huge difference!

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    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from California

      Yes drbj!!! We can have fun anywhere! Just add a little bit of "extra fun!" to it.......I have a fond memory of having great picnics in my backyard with my kids.....lovely times indeed!! G

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      drbj and sherry 

      6 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, GPAGE, for reminding us in such an interesting way of the many benefits of a staycation.

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from California

      Hey Eddy! Thank you for your lovely comment and stopping by! Hope all is well with you!! Best, G

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from California

      Thank you btrbell......Very sweet of you!!! Best, GPAGE

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      6 years ago from Wales

      Wonderful and thank you so much for this hub.

      Refreshing and interesting.


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      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks, GPAGE! Just one correction, I meant vitamin D! hehe

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      Randi Benlulu 

      6 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      I'm glad you had a nice, relaxing vacation! Thank you for this enjoyable hub!

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      6 years ago from California

      ReuVera! Great to see you here! Thank you for stopping by and leaving your great comment! Sounds like you have it all down to a perfect setting every weekend! I commend you! Sounds great! Enjoy your weekend! Best, GPAGE

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from California

      Thanks Marc! Great to see you here! G

    • GPAGE profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from California

      Cool Sylvia! I hope you enjoy your upcoming vacation!! Make sure you get good rest and take some "you" time, even if it is for one hour a day. G

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      6 years ago from USA

      Cool! Love the "staycation" terminology. I have a saycation every weekend, when we just go to a local dam flowage, sit and relax in lawn chairs, watching the clouds, boats and kids. Add to it pizza and beer, fresh air and pure vitamin B, and you get a perfect weekend staycation that energizes you for a coming week.

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      Marc Copage 

      6 years ago from California

      Good advice!

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      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      6 years ago from Hawaii

      I am so looking forward to our big vacation, and thanks for some tips i will certainly apply to our situation since it will be mixed with family visit, and business. Great hub!


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