So you need a break from work and it’s time to get away. You get excited and pull up an internet search only to see large dollars associated with airfare, hotel, and all of the fun stuff that you want to do. And if you have a large family you might as well start figuring out who will loan you the money to take your next vacation. (For the record, never borrow money to take a vacation!)
I love to travel and those trips create memories for you and your family, but a vacation doesn’t always have to break the bank. Why not plan your next week off creating memories right here at home? I have found that if you create some guidelines, your “staycation” can be more than just some days sitting at home catching up on things while your kids whine about having nothing to do.
Rule 1: Treat your week as if you were staying out of town. What kind of vacation day do you like? Is it more active filled with exploring and activities or would you rather sit by the pool and do nothing? Either way, plan it out so you don’t find yourself getting up and asking what you should do that day.
Rule 2: Don’t forget to give yourself a break from those chores around the house. Who cooks when you are at home? Who takes care of the laundry? If you stay at home, the temptation is going to be to have someone around the house take care of the things they take care of everyday. They need a vacation too. Set a rule like “No cooking unless everyone gets involved”. Go out for meals, plan a big dinner where everyone does their part, order in and have something delivered. Save the chores until vacation is done to give everyone the feeling of a relaxing week.
Rule 3: Treat your hometown like a vacation destination. Go to the bookstore and buy a travel book on your hometown. Do some internet searches on the top things to do. Check out the sites that you have never seen just like you are a tourist. Take that Segway tour of your own hometown. Go see Chinatown. Shop in the areas that you never shop in.
Rule 4: Don’t be afraid to do nothing. If you have a pool or inviting backyard…use it! Spend time doing nothing in your yard. Act like you are out of town while you enjoy your own resort. Coordinate with your yard crew beforehand so that they don’t spoil your fun!
Rule 5: Spend some money. Yes I said that. You have saved a great deal by not purchasing airline tickets, not sliding the credit card at the gas pump and not paying for a room every night so why not splurge a bit. Go out to that nice restaurant. Order that bottle of wine that you never order. Pay for upgraded tickets to the show. You deserve it! In the end, you still want to spend much less than if you have gone out of town, but you don’t have to make it feel like you are on a budget!
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