Summer is the number one time for families to enjoy each other while on vacation. However, with tight budgets and tight work schedules many families opt to take a staycation. Our family loves to take mini-staycations each year. Since we don’t have to worry about the expense of travel and a hotel stay, there is more wiggle-room for splurges. Yay for splurges! Here are some tips on how to plan your next staycation.
Flexibility is key, but a plan is a must for optimal staycation enjoyment! I admit it. I am a planner. I just think everyone has more fun when you take time to think things through and formulate a game plan. NOT having a plan may sound spontaneous and cool for a staycation, but after dealing with so many what do you want to do today, I don’t know what do you want to do conversations a plan will be appreciated by all. Research activities and restaurants beforehand and plan out a basic guideline for each day. Perhaps pay for a cleaning service to come on and get your house in tip-top shape before the staycation. You will also want to shop for the food you need beforehand so you’re not running too many errands during your days.
The great thing about a staycation is that you have a full kitchen at your disposal! Plan on making a few special treats for everyone to enjoy. S’mores in the backyard are a must!
Staycations are not as fun if everyone is constantly plugged into their phones, gaming devices, and laptops. I’m happily addicted to technology, so I would suggest turning off phone notifications on your social media and email so you won’t be tempted to answer work-related questions during staycation activities. I have a perfect example of this. A few weeks ago we splurged on a kayak rental day trip with the kids. I brought my phone to take pics. As I was taking pictures and posting on instagram, a work-related notification popped up that seemed pressing. It was a challenging situation that really could have waited but dealing with it put me in a horrible mood that weighed on my mind and impacted the serenity of my family trip. It was a good reminder to turn off notifications!
Our family loves to explore new parks and eat at new restaurants. Google “things to do in (your city)” and “best restaurants in (your city)” to find some new hidden gems. You can also use your social media network to ask others in your area for recommendations.
We are getting ready to take another mini-staycation in a few weeks for Asher’s birthday. For more helpful tips on how to create a memorable staycation for you and your family, check out the helpful e-guide that Homes.com put together for us. I recommend downloading the guide even if you’re not staycationing this year. The Ultimate Summer Staycation Guide is great for gaining some more summer family activity ideas.