Why a Staycation is a Good Idea
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!