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Vacation at Home: Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Your Staycation

Updated on March 26, 2009

With the economy still in stink mode, many of us are looking for ways to enjoy a vacation right at home, in other words – a staycation. Staying home for vacation can actually be quite fun if you approach it with the right attitude and a plan. Here are five ways to enjoy your home surroundings like never before.

Sleep in and Take Out
One of my favorite parts of vacation is the lack of responsibility. Sleeping in to me is the epitome of leaving responsibility behind. Whatever plans you make for your staycation, make sure they don’t begin until at least late morning and then turn off the alarm clock. My other big responsibility at home is making sure everybody eats. That usually means cooking. Well not on my staycation thank you very much. All meals that are more complicated than cereal must be eaten in or taken out of a restaurant.

Indulge in Pampering
There really are spas in your hometown. Just because you never go there doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Treat yourself to a mani-pedi and a massage just like you would at that fancy ski lodge. You saved the airfare for goodness sake – live a little! If professional services aren’t in your budget, take turns giving massages with your mate. Take a long bath. Light a candle and hang out in your robe. It’s easy to make your own spa day at home with groovy music and green tea.

Be a Tourist
It’s funny that most of us don’t ever see the sights in our own town unless we have visitors. Make a list of all the things you would show a friend or family member who was coming to town. Add any special attractions your locale is known for. Pick out one or two of your favorites and make a day of it. Don’t forget a fun restaurant for lunch. Alternate tourist days with other activities to make it really feel like a vacation.

Learn Something
Educational vacations are not just for old people, and education is not just for vacation. Use part of your staycation to learn something new. Maybe that’s as simple as taking a trip to the library and checking out a stack of books or maybe you sign up for a class. Let your staycation be the opportunity to finally explore whatever’s been intriguing you.

Freshen Up
It’s easy to get so familiar at home that we don’t even notice things anymore. Try to look at everything in a fresh light during your staycation. Go to different shops, drive different streets, take the dog to a new park. You’ll feel some of the same sense of excitement that you do when you’re away from home plus probably discover some cool things about your hometown.

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    Kyle Webs 7 years ago

    Great ideas. Have fun with your "Staycation" (:

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    MotherHubber 8 years ago from Southern California

    Loved the line "educational vacations are not just for old people." LOL! Great idea for a hub. Now, how can I make my backyard feel more like Maui????

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    Dolores Monet 8 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Good ideas, there are so many cool things to do on a day trip or right in your own town, we often neglect the good things we are blessed with.

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    Sarah Songing 8 years ago

    Great ideas, Lela! This is a perfect hub with today's economic climate and school breaks fast approaching. Very fitting.

    I would love to sleep in for a few days and call it a staycation! But I've got two little ones- the youngest is only one year- and they are wide awake by 6:30. Sigh.

    Love the hub!

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    Rich_Id 8 years ago from Seattle


    and "lakations" sound like great ways to have fun within our limited means. There are many ways to increase our means and the internet is a great resource. For example, the birthday bonus club, which you can learn more about on my hubpage