Not every family has the funds or desire to go on a vacation. Do you blame them? Most of the time when you get back from a vacation you are exhausted and need another vacation…but alas it’s time to get back to work. This year consider the frustration, time and money you’ll save with a staycation.
When you have a staycation you stay home and enjoy the area that you spend 99% of your time maintaining. There are a few keys you’ll need in order to ensure this is an actual staycation, and not just another week at home doing chores.
Don’t leave things to chance when it comes to laundry, dishes or your budget. Once you have established your budget head over to the dollar store nearest you. Pick up some paper plates, silverware and cups. I know…not exactly green right? Just make sure they get into
the recycle bin and call it good. You’re saving the environment by not wasting gas traveling. Get easy to make food or if you have a fire or grill you can make camping food in the backyard. Have food delivered if you’d like…just don’t do real cooking and dirty up your kitchen. In addition, make sure you get your laundry done BEFORE the staycation. That way you won’t end up doing laundry when your kid runs out of pants midweek. This isn’t the week to catch up on jobs around the house.
Have movie marathons from Netflix and play board games together. You can borrow movies and games from your friends and neighbors for free. I’m sure they have a few you don’t and would love to share. You can set up a tent in the backyard, or just put your sleeping bags in the living room. For example, my kids love it when we call it a slumber party and stay up late and just all sleep in the master bedroom. Inflate that air mattress that only gets used once a year and put that baby to use. The kids will love it. You can even turn on the sprinkler and let your hair down…run through it! Dance in the rain! They key here is to break out of your routines, even if it’s just having dinner in the back yard. Open yourself to new possibilities and enjoy yourself.
Get Out Of The House
Just because you aren’t traveling long distance doesn’t mean that you need to catch cabin fever or sit around all week. Pretend you are a tourist and visit a part of the city you rarely visit. Head our of town a bit and go hiking or biking. Check for free events near you and experience your city like never before. If all else fails and it’s raining you can always go to the local library where they’ll be sure to have something for everyone…for free.
For more helpful tips and ideas you can check out Seven Graces. Kristy is another 30 something Mama who keeps it real and knows how to relax and have some fun. I’m sure she would love it if you stopped in to say hi. You don’t need to spend a ton of money or energy to relax during a staycation.