Wednesday, September 16, 2009
A Staycation Vacation | Family Economics
By Kristen Doyle
Since our newest family member arrived this past summer and with the economy the way it has been lately, my husband and I made the decision to forego the expense of taking our typical summer vacation to the beach or mountains. Summer had passed and we still had the itch to get away, but we didn’t really want to travel far with a newborn and three kids or spend a bunch of money. We decided that this year, we would go on a “staycation” ... a mini vacation at home or within your own hometown.
If you missed out on a summer vacation this year for whatever reason, it is never too late to plan a little getaway right where you live. A perfect way to celebrate a long weekend, a staycation may be just the thing you need to get refreshed and rejuvenated. Here are some tips for planning a fun and memorable staycation of your own.
Plan an Itinerary
Whether you decide to staycation in your own home, or be a tourist in your hometown, you need to treat it like a real vacation. Plan out your events for each day. For our family staycation, we printed out a daily itinerary for the kids so they knew what to look forward to doing each day of our adventure. Meals and meal times, activities, special events and more were all a part of our staycation agenda.
Treat It Like a Vacation
Relax and enjoy yourself. Even though you aren’t really away from home, you need to treat it like you are. Work and chores are a big no-no on staycation. Turn off your cell phone, unplug your laptop and tune in to your family. A staycation without all the hassles of travel and being out of town can be a unique, relaxing opportunity and a great way to reconnect with your family.
Explore Your Town
I have a friend who has lived in New York City her entire life and she has never visited the Empire State Building. She obviously needs a staycation! With a staycation, you get the opportunity to be a tourist in your own home town. Think like a tourist by checking out your local tourism office to see what kind of activities and events might be available for your family to do. Support your local museums, landmarks and places of history by adding them to your staycation itinerary.
Capture the Memories
My husband and I love to travel and have had the opportunity to take our family on a lot of fun trips, but our staycation had to have been one of our most fun vacations yet. Make sure you treat your staycation like a real vacation by bringing along your camera and video camera. There will be lots of memories being made that you will want to capture!
I hope you will try taking a staycation. Our family had so much fun on ours and as a bonus we don’t feel the post-vacation stress of overspending on a vacation we couldn’t afford. Take it from me, if you are looking for a way to reconnect with your family and your home town, a staycation is the perfect way to get away.