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Friday, August 23, 2013

Staycation: Have Fun, Close to Home

Vacation. It's a time to relax, rejuvenate and take a break from the demands of daily life. Some individuals choose to learn new skills, discover different interests and spend quality time with loved ones, according to behavioral health experts www.advantagebehavioral.org. Yet, for many families, summer vacation plans that involve travel might adversely affect the family budget or many not be feasible for a variety of other reasons. A staycation, taking time off for R&R while staying at home, can prove to be a practical, fulfilling answer.

Girl looking at water

How to plan your vacation:


  • Planning a summer vacation and the anticipation that lead up to it are an important part of the fun of time off. It's important to do the same with your staycation.
  • Staying within the family budget, allow each family member to choose at least one activity or outing to participate in.
  • Stick with the plan. Just because you're home doesn't mean you can deviate from the summer vacation ideas.


Staycation ideas:


  • Do something different: For instance, try bowling if your family has never gone before. Summer fairs and festivals offer interesting food options and activities for the entire family, too. Backyard camping is simple, easy and can be great fun for kids of all ages. For additional ideas, check out www.living.msn.com
  • Learn something new: Local craft stores and art studios offer a variety of summer programs. Family members can engage in pottery making, fine art classes or cake decorating for a nominal fee.
  • Get cultured: Local museums and theaters offer a variety of summer programs to enjoy, often at discounted rates.
  • Get wet: If the family budget allows, splurge on a local water park for the day. Or, turn your backyard into a mini water park to enjoy the entire summer. Water slides, sprinklers and water pistols offer great entertainment for hours on end.


Helpful hints for your staycation:


  • Treat the time as you would a vacation away from home. Abstain from checking email or work voicemail and avoid engaging in housecleaning and laundry. Really focus on breaking out of your normal routine at home.
  • Unless it's part of your vacation idea, don't plan house projects or any other task that equates to work or reminds you that you're home.
  • Take pictures just as you would on a vacation away from home. Documenting memories is an important part of getting the most out of your staycation. 


Benefits of a staycation:


Aside from helping to stay within the family budget by eliminating hotel and transportation costs, there are other benefits to a staycation. For instance:

  1. Sleeping better in your own bed
  2. Eliminating the stress of preparing for vacation
  3. Finally getting to explore the local sights often overlooked
  4. Saving money on vacation costs might allow splurging on more expensive restaurants or activities than normal
  5. Enjoying your own home and its amenities-- a pool, a great collection of movies, beautiful landscaping
With a little planning and input from your entire family, this year you can turn your holiday at home into your best vacation idea yet.

Kathy Rembisz 
Contributing Writer