Plan a Summer Staycation

When most people hear the word “Summer” the first thing that comes to mind is longer days, warmer weather, more time outdoors, and of course – VACATION.  But, what if you don’t have the time or finances to enjoy a vacation out of town or trip to a tropical destination?  Here are some great ideas to enjoy a staycation right at home.

First, set the scene so you can actually relax and enjoy your ‘vacation’ time:

  • No computer or video games

  • No working from home

  • No worrying

  • No fighting

  • Family time only—no independent activities or outside plans

  • No cooking

  • No cleaning

  • No laundry

Now, plan for fun!

Just like a real vacation, the more you plan for fun, the more successful your staycation is likely to be.  Start by setting a reasonable, realistic budget for your week of fun at home.  Set some money aside for activities, eating out, and perhaps even paying for a splurge or two such as paying for a house cleaner or treating yourself to a spa day.

And a little inspiration to help start the planning:

  • Go for a hike in a local national or regional park

  • Take a few rides for a spin at an amusement park

  • Cheer on your favorite team at a sporting event

  • Camp in your own backyard

  • Pop some popcorn and enjoy a movie marathon

  • Let the creative juices flow and create your own artwork

  • Attend a local festival or outdoor music venue

But 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.

Now, have fun!

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