What’s the secret recipe for making a staycation actually feel like a vacation?
First let’s look at the ingredients that make a vacation yummy.
- Seeing/experiencing new things.
- Being away from school and work.
- Not doing chores
- Not rushing around to extracurricular activities or other obligations
- Dining out
- Jumping on the bed in the hotel room. (Or is this just me?)
Combine these ingredients in any order to make a great staycation.
There are different variations on the typical staycation.
Sometimes it means taking a weekend road trip to your nearest national forest or state park.
Sometimes staycation means doing day trips from home exploring different parts of your city or state.
But sometimes a staycation means not leaving the house. Literally staying at home.
Things to do during your staycation at home to make it more tasty.
- Go camping in your own back yard.
- Have a marathon movie day/night.
- Create an outdoor movie theater in your yard.
- Turn your back yard into a beach resort. (After a day of playing lawn games, put your feet in the kiddie pool, get a drink in one hand and a book in the other while the kids play in the sandbox.)
Key ingredients for making your staycation actually feel like a vacation for EVERYONE in the family.
- Get the whole family involved in the planning.
- Decide on a realistic time frame. (a whole week? a long weekend?)
- Pretend you’re a tourist, and head to the sites in your area that visitors would want to go to.
- Visit your town/state visitor center (either online or in person) to get ideas about things in your area that you may never have visited before.
- Bring out the camera, and take cheesy vacation pictures.
- Attempt to plan the staycation around local festivals, so you can make them part of your entertainment.
- Try to minimize the cooking by making freezer meals ahead of time, using the crockpot, or ordering take-out. Some restaurants are even offering curbside pick-up of wine and other adult beverages.
- Consider relaxing the household rules a bit. Maybe the kids can have more screen time or later bed times or a little more junk food than usual.
- Eliminate as many chores as possible during the designated stay-cation (just like when you stay in a hotel). Do all laundry and deep cleaning ahead of time, and save the clean-up of any newly created mess for after the family time ends (within reason). Use paper plates so you can skip dishes.
- Include quiet time. Vacations can be exhausting, and if you plan events for every part of every day, family members are sure to become tired and grumpy.
- Think about the little things that make your family vacations fun, and try to include those things whenever possible in your stay-cation.
Now that you have your ingredient list, go cook up a great staycation!
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