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Why a Staycation is a Good Idea

Updated on July 02, 2008

A staycation seems to be the newest thing, all the rage this summer with the high cost of gasoline and all the added fees the airlines are tacking on. Even though it seems every where I turn I hear talk of the Outer Banks and Myrtle Beach, and as much as I would love to go there, we are most certainly taking a staycation this year. And I am really looking forward to it.

Have you ever needed a vacation to recover from your vacation? Well that is what it is like traveling with four kids. So going somewhere far away like the beach is not really my idea of fun, no matter how badly I want to go to the beach. Honestly though I love to travel! Our vacation budget on the other hand is pretty low right now, since we traveled to Colorado, Washington D.C. and Chicago all within the past 12 months. A staycation is looking better and better.

What exactly is a staycation? Well it is staying home - for the most part. There are several options for making staying home on vacation more appealing.

Option #1 - make it a getting caught up vacation. Are you behind on home improvement projects? Does your house need a good cleaning and redecorating? Are you just feeling overwhelmed and behind in life in general? Taking a week to just sleep in and hang out at home getting caught up and truly relaxing might be just what you need.

Option #2 - site see in your area. Most people don't take advantage of all there is to do right in their own backyard. I know that even though we have lived here 2 years we haven't even scraped the tip of the iceberg when it comes to doing everything around here. Tour a local museum, visit the zoo, go hang out at a lake, take a hike and a picnic, or go for a long bike ride. Whatever there is to do in your area now might be a good time to do it.

Option #3 - take mini vacations throughout the summer. Instead of taking a week off, take a day here and there, maybe a few long weekends. Explore what there is to do within a tank of gas distance from you.

Option #4 - have family and friends visit you. I think it is a lot of fun to have people come stay with us and show them around here. It makes our everyday stuff seem a bit more exciting.

Option #5 - combine any or all of the above. This is the option we are doing - a little bit of everything.

There are a lot of benefits to taking a staycation instead of a vacation. I know my kids are looking forward to the few daytrips I have planned. Taking a daytrip allows us to do some exciting things that are close to home and keep our costs low. Yes gasoline is high, but when you aren't renting a hotel or buying a lot of food out, you can afford the gasoline and admission fees much easier. I am looking forward to a more relaxing summer without a big trip planned. Staycation here we come!

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    • Eileen Hughes profile image

      Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great idea, although not too much renovation, or like holidays you will still need time to get over the use of muscles you havent used lately.

      No, great lot of ideas in here. Thanks for that.

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      Marlene_OnTheWall 8 years ago from Singapore

      I like that term ... a 'staycation'. I agree with you. We always yearn to go far away, yet there's actually quite a lot of places near our home that's interesting and fun. That's one of the things my friends and I are trying to do this year -- go see some of the places in Singapore itself that we have never been to.

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      proudgrandpa 8 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      We are blessed to live in middle North Carolina. As the country song goes, I saw God today. Any place, including good ole Charlotte has so very much to offer. But then people who live in the swamps see beauty, I guess it is up to us to find our own acres of diamonds. NEIL

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      Shelly McRae 8 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Great hub... lots of good ideas for enjoying your time off close to home.

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      Elisabeth Sowerbutts 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I clicked on your title just to find out what on earth a "staycation" was! Another abuse of the English language; but a good hub too!

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      kristen 8 years ago

      I am actually on my "staycation" right now. We are going to a concert on Wednesday, but other than that, no plans. I think be will go to the library one day, a PYO orchard on another. But otherwise, I am catching up on some yardwork and neglected organizing around the house.

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      Bobbie Haws 8 years ago from Gilbert AZ

      I think most people are struggling with everything that is happening in the economy. A staycation makes allot of sense, and what a great way to learn what's available in your area.

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