With the summer holidays in full swing, how many of us don’t wish we could escape the hustle and bustle of everyday lives for a week of fun and relaxation somewhere far, far away? Unfortunately, a traditional vacation is not always on the cards.
Between restaurants, hotels and travel the costs for a trip away can soon add up, especially when those costs are multiplied for a family, and even when cost isn’t a factor, sometimes health concerns or work obligations prevent from travelling far away.
However, when it’s time to take annual leave or the kids break up from school it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a well-earned break. Instead, why not plan a staycation? A true staycation is so much more than just a week at home, it is an intention of fun and relaxation for the whole family.
It does take a little effort to do it right as it can be easy to slip into the everyday routine, but it can be just as satisfying as a week away if you set out a few rules; such as:
- No computer or video games
- No television
- No emailing
- No Independent activities or individual plans
- No cleaning or house chores
It is important to plan for fun as the more you plan the more successful your staycation will be. Start by setting a realistic and reasonable budget for your week at home. Set money aside for activities, eating out and perhaps even paying for a splurge or two. Also, sit down with the whole family and plan activities that everyone would like to get involved with, as this will save any arguments.
Make sure you spend a little bit of time before your staycation to prep and make the house as neat and tidy as possible. Gather menus from local restaurants and if eating out is not an option, plan and freeze meals for a week’s worth of stress free meals.
Next, get creative. Chances are there are loads of fun things to do in your local area that you never have time for. Do some research into local activities, and in the mean time, here are a few suggestions of fun activities for you and all the family:
- Visit the local zoo or aquarium
- Visit the local museum
- Enjoy the local theatre
- Try a new sport such as archery or paintballing
- Visit the local swimming pool
- Rent bikes and spend the day exploring
- Enjoy a game of golf
- Watch the local football team
- Visit the nearest beach for a day trip
For most people the hardest part of a staycation is relaxing and letting go of everyday obligations. The key to having the best staycation ever ultimately has nothing to do with the activities you choose, but with your own attitude and commitment to making your week a time of fun and relaxation. Let the chores be for a week and instead give yourself permission to kick back and enjoy the moment.