Vacations can be fun and stimulating, but sometimes what you really want is just to stay home, relax, and enjoy your own environment—which, unlike any hotel, is already outfitted with your own décor, your own entertainment media, your own comfy chair right next to the air conditioning…you get the picture. You set up your living space for your enjoyment, so why not take advantage of your time off to really enjoy what home has to offer?
Here are a few suggestions for making the most of your fabulous non-trip.
- Plan ahead. Experts recommend deciding what your staycation will consist of ahead of time. If you know what you want at the end of your time off, you’re more likely to feel satisfied with staycation once it’s over.
- Turn off the ringer on your phone. If you want to communicate with your friends and family, you can contact them. Otherwise, why leave yourself open for potential business calls? You might even consider turning your phone off and leaving it tucked away somewhere.
- Stock up on your favorite foods and snacks. You know the ones. Go for it—after all, you’re on staycation!
- Make sure to keep the entertainment flowing. This could be a great time to binge-watch a TV show you’ve been meaning to check out, or revisit an old favorite. If reading is more your thing, make sure to grab a stack of your favorite kind of books, from the bookstore or the library.
- Go ahead and order that pizza. You’re already saving money by not traveling out of town. Why not invest a bit of that cash by having a meal or two delivered from your favorite restaurant?
- Explore your town as if you were just visiting. Check the internet or a guidebook for fun things to do that you’ve never tried. It’s easy to take the entertainment options of a place for granted when you live there, and far too many locals never really explore what their city is like for tourists. Don’t feel obligated to do anything that sounds like fun to you, but you might be surprised at how many neat nearby opportunities you’ve never heard of.
- Take a day trip. For some dedicated staycationers, this may verge on blasphemy. Isn’t the point of a staycation to avoid the stressful travel aspects of a vacation? Here’s a quick compromise that still enables you to have a change of scenery. How about a trek to a state park or a neighboring city?
- Resist the urge to work. You tell yourself you’ll check your work email just this once. What’s the harm? The next thing you know, you’ve been working for hours. This defeats the purpose of staycationing. Give yourself the real break you deserve. Projects around the house are also off-limits.
Don’t be afraid to change your plans midway through if you’re not enjoying yourself. Let’s say you wake up in the morning, and you decide to go on a four hour hike. But then you change your mind, and you decide to pop in a DVD instead while turning up the air conditioning while getting comfortable on the couch; then by all means, that’s what you should do. You’re taking this time for yourself, so honor what you need to do in order to recharge.
Cheryl is a lifestyle writer who has always found ways to relax while going somewhere on vacation or simply just taking a staycation at home.