Want to Get Away? Plan a Staycation.

Staycations are the latest travel trend. A staycation is unique in that vacationers stay home instead of going away. Whether choosing to spend time lounging by the family pool or checking out local sites and attractions, you can still shut off and spend some time away from the daily grind.

Staycations are a great alternative to conventional travel, especially if you are tight on cash and time. With the rising price of gas and airfare, it is now very expensive for the average family to travel. For many, the cost of flying is enough to deter them from vacationing altogether. The nice thing about a staycation is that whether you decide to stay home, rent a small cottage or check into a local hotel for a few days, the cost to physically travel is substantially reduced.

It also reduces the amount of time you will spend reaching your destination. With conventional travel, you can easily lose two days going to and from your destination, and that’s before any potential travel delays. This doesn’t really leave you with much time to unwind and enjoy the full benefit of your vacation.

When planning a staycation you need to get creative and set boundaries for yourself and your family so that you reap the same benefits as taking a conventional vacation. One way to do this is to create a list of dos and don’ts. For example, you may want to completely disconnect by turning off your BlackBerry or iPhone and not answer your home phone. If you don’t want to cook every night, make a list of local restaurants you want to try. The point is that you want to deter yourself from taking on any task that reminds you of your everyday life.

Here are a few other things to consider when planning your staycation:

Choose specific times and dates. To prevent any interruptions, let your friends and family know of your plans to take a staycation. Ask them to treat your staycation as any other vacation.

Decide what you want to do. Depending on how much time you have, give some thought to what you’d like to do. If you only have a week, consider dividing your time between your home and a local hotel or resort. If going to a hotel isn’t an option, there are always lots of fun things to see and do locally. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce for upcoming events and attractions in your community.

Turn off the alarm clock. You’re on staycation! Sleep is mandatory, and there really isn’t any reason to set your alarm, unless of course you’ve got something super-special planned.

Forget the household chores. When you are on a staycation, refrain from doing any of your regular household chores. Leave the laundry, banking and general cleaning until you are “back” from your staycation.

Choose activities you normally wouldn’t do. One way to do this is for each family member to pick something they’d really like to do or have always wanted to do. Plan out each activity accordingly. You will also want to allot some downtime to do things such as read, play a board game or watch a movie.

What are your ideas and tips on how to have a proper staycation?

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Mohammad June 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Hi, Lynne! We did a staycation a few years ago and it was so much fun! We srgpuled a little and rented a convertible for the week, then went and did all sorts of local things an amusement park, the beach, a museum, etc. Our goal was to get up each morning and spend the whole day together away from the house, and then get home to sleep in our own beds (which was really nice!). It was a great week.BTW, I’ve got One for the Road on my Kindle and can’t wait to read it!

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