Vacations aren’t always about the most luxurious getaway or spending a few months’ salary on something that will be over in a few days. They are about making memories, doing things you don’t always get the chance to do and escaping from the day-to-day hustle. If you’re looking for a way to save a few dollars but still get a great vacation in, consider having a staycation at home this year and making the most of the beautiful amenities you have right in your own backyard.
The purpose of a staycation is to still take a vacation but without greatly affecting your wallet. Make it a point to plan a few activities for everyone, otherwise you could feel as if nothing special happened during your time off, and you’ll wonder where the time went. So you didn’t go to the Mexican beach resort? Whip up some tropical drinks and a special guacamole recipe and turn up the music. Or plan a few family activities around town you never get to try because daily life just happens. Be intentional with planning your “trip.”
Even though you didn’t need to use your passport to step outside, act as if you don’t have an international data package and disconnect! Turn off your smartphones, laptops, tablets. Take a break from social media. Just be –with each other, reconnect as a family, enjoy moments without worrying about where or who you’ll share the moment with except the people who are right in front of you.
Think outside the box when it comes to your backyard. Yes, swimming all day is exactly what you should be doing on your staycation. Grilling out, eating on paper plates, soaking up every hour of sunshine allowed are all perfect, but think beyond that. Why not rent a projector, throw a white sheet on one side of the house and show a movie under the stars? Play a family game of flashlight tag by the moonlight.
Just because you didn’t “go” anywhere doesn’t mean you have do your usual routine. Say no to laundry, dishes, cleaning, if only for a few days. And enjoy your time off.