10 tips for a fun staycation for when you can’t travel but want to have a memorable vacation.
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Staying home for vacation is rarely anyone’s first choice when using their coveted vacation days from work, but if you do it right you can create the most fun and memorable staycation!
If you stayed home for months during the pandemic as we did, a staycation really may not seem like fun.
But let’s be real, that was no vacation!
Those were 8 weeks of financial, emotional, and mental stress and fear.
And no one wants to relive that!
So instead I thought I’d create 10 helpful tips to help you plan a staycation for your next family vacation.
These tips will help you plan out a fun vacation at home that you and your family can use again and again to help you create your own unique and memorable vacation in the comfort of your own home.
1. Choose your staycation dates
Just like when you travel, it’s important to choose your staycation dates.
Even though you will be home your goal is to create a fun staycation, which means putting aside the normal in order to partake in a wonderful vacation, even when it is at home.
So since you won’t be leaving your home you will need to have special dates (maybe even a specific time on that day) to start your staycation so that you can mentally switch into vacation mode.
2. Pick a theme or choose a goal
When planning your vacation at home you may want to choose a specific theme or goal.
Your themes could be geographical or book/movie inspired.
You could decide you want to pretend you are in Hawaii which may mean you will only listen to Hawaiian music, eat local Hawaiian cuisine, watch movies/documentaries that were made in Hawaii, and listen to the sound of waves crashing (on Alexa) while soaking up the sun outside.
Or you could choose a goal like developing a new hobby, reading 10 books, learning a new language, or exploring new and old parts of your hometown.
3. Do some research
Whether you are choosing a theme or a goal (or both!), you will want to do some research before your staycation begins, just like you would for a normal vacation!
If you have chosen a goal-driven vacation, you may want to research the materials you may need to help you achieve your goal(s) or places you want to explore in your hometown.
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4. Make a plan
Once you’ve decided upon your dates, chosen your theme/goal, and done some research, it’s time to make a plan.
It may sound silly to make a plan (or dare I say, even a schedule!) for a staycation, but honestly, you may want it.
When staying at home for vacation it can be so easy to slip into a normal day off/weekend routine without even realizing it.
By making a plan for a fun staycation you will have an easier time staying in vacation mode and not getting pulled into mundane housework.
Your plan may involve blocking off time each day for different activities or simply having a list of staycation “rules” that include not doing laundry, pulling weeds, or mowing the yard.
5. Get supplies
Next up, you will want to gather supplies for your staycation.
For a theme this may include ordering Hawaiian decor for your home or back patio.
If you are learning a new language maybe you need a box full of sticky notes so you can write the name of each new word you are learning on all of the objects around your house.
You may want to stock up on your favorite foods for a movie marathon or book binging staycation.
Or you could want to head down to your cities local tourist center and pick up a few brochures with coupons for activities you plan to experience during your at-home vacation.
6. Prepare your food
The last thing you will want to do during your staycation (unless you love cooking or baking) is to be thinking about what you are going to make/eat for each meal.
By planning and prepping your food before the staycation begins you won’t have to concern yourself with what everyone wants for dinner, you’ll already be all set with a plan!
Once your food is prepped, it’s time to set up your home for a fun vacation.
That may include theme decorating, creating a stack of books to read in different areas of your home, or even putting away things that could be distractions that may keep you from really relaxing.
8. Turn electronics off
Of course one of the biggest distractions is electronics.
We can easily become sucked into our electronics and lose track of time.
Putting away and turning off electronics is a good way to keep those distractions from taking over your staycation.
You could even go as far as to tell your friends, family, and co-workers that you will be on staycation and won’t be able to respond to their emails, texts, or phone calls until the end of your staycation.
Or if for some reason you really need to stay connected you could always limit yourself to a certain amount of time on your phone each day, even setting a timer for yourself so that you don’t accidentally go down the internet rabbit hole.
9. Keep a record
Whether you love to travel journal, take photos, or create videos of your normal travel vacations, be sure to do the same for your staycation.
Years from now you, your spouse, or your kids may want to reminisce about that really fun staycation and all of the wonderful and funny memories you made together.
10. Enjoy the moment
Lastly, be sure to soak up each moment during your staycation.
That may mean adjusting your schedule or plans, but being present for each moment will provide a memory for each member of your family that will be cherished for years to come.
I hope you enjoyed these 10 Tips for a Fun Staycation!
What are you most looking forward to doing during your Staycation?
I’d love to hear from you!
Feel free to comment below, email me, or tweet me on Twitter.
With love, Giusti
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10 NIV