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Staycation: Frugal tips for creating your perfect vacation at home

Updated on December 3, 2012

Do the things that you would usually do on holidays

Maybe money is tight this year and you can’t afford that exotic dream vacation. Everybody’s disappointed and your holiday seems to be doomed. No need to worry, be creative and follow a few simple ideas to make your “staycation” a success for yourself and the whole family. Remember: Don’t treat this like a second choice. Whether you are staying at home for financial reasons or just because you are tired of all that travelling, make this the time for you and your family. And don't be embarassed either, staycation is a hot trend these days and your decision to stay at home can have a good impact on the environment and your finances. So be proud and blurt it out. Have fun!

Relax and have some "me" time

It’s ok to do a few chores around the house and garden but remember, you are on vacation and it’s time to act accordingly. Turn off all your electronic gadgets and relax. Grab a deck chair and a book and don’t lift a finger for a day. Don’t read the newspaper and don’t listen to any news,  most of them are bad anyway. Rather enjoy your own perfect world.

Become a local tourist

If you were away on vacation, you would probably have quite a few things planned.  Now is the time to become a local tourist and explore all the things that you haven’t seen or done yet.  Go sightseeing in  your neighbourhood! Check the newspaper, internet and tourist office for local events. You will be amazed how many of them are free.  Involve your kids in some family games, organize a picnic or go on a treasure hunt.  Take some pictures, why should this holiday be different from a vacation abroad?

Eat and drink like you are on holiday

Pick a theme and cook exotic fare. Make Gelato with your kids with fresh ingredients. Why not invite friends round for a potluck party and let them bring international food.  Organize a beach party in your garden but remember to keep it casual, after all you are not looking for extra work.

Create your own Tiki Bar for your Hawaiian staycation

Concentrate on the positive: While you are enjoying yourself at home, think of all the people stuck in traffic or going through security checks and be glad that you are not one of them.

See how other people spend their staycation


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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      healthylife: glad to hear that you're finding new adventures in your home-territory. We're totally enjoying our staycation in Nova Scotia as well. Went for dinner at friends place by canoe and had to paddle hard against the wind but it was fun. Had a starlight paddle back home, late at night. Took a cheap ferry ride to Tancook island last weekend which was absolutely awesome, had a hobby winemakers wine competition and tasting with friends and invited 4 people for an old-fashioned afternoon tea yesterday. It's amazing what fun one can have on a low budget with a bit of initiative.

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      Healthy Life 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I had been using the term day trips but I love the term staycation!! Money is tight this year so in addition to a short vacation we are doing a staycation this Summer and my husband is even taking time off work for it and the other day we found a new hiking trail in our state and just enjoyed being together.

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      Stephanie Das 6 years ago from Miami, US the idea. My boyfriend and I like to do this on our anniversary and other dates when we are supposed to do something special. A lot of historical landmarks offer a break from reality for a cheap price.

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      novascotiamiss 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Cardisa, good luck on your renovations. Have you checked out the video "how other people spend their staycation"? It shows a guy who has saved his holiday money and has used it to transform his back yard so that it almost looks like a holiday resort. The point is, vacations away are great but they only last for a short time whereas you can enjoy your home for years to come. Isn't that worth the sacrifice of not going away?

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      novascotiamiss 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Dear all. Thanks for your kind comments. Remember, be proud to stay at home and think of all the positive impact it will have on your wallet, the environment and your stress level (not having to travel). However, don't forget that you are on holiday and enjoy the odd treat! Have a happy staycation!

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      Carolee Samuda 6 years ago from Jamaica

      Miss Novascotiamiss, I am due vacation in a month. We are currently renovating our home so money is basically not happening. I was wondering what to do, wanted to really get away. Now you have motivated me to try the 'staycation'. Staycation should be in the dictionary, I love saying it!

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      I enjoyed your hub. We love staycations.

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      Kevin 6 years ago from Whistler Canada

      Great ideas. Nice hub.