Not everyone can take a traditional vacation. Maybe financial situations or a heavy workload are placing restrictions on your ability to get away. However, you don’t always have to travel to “get away.”
Have you ever considered what you might be missing in your own area?
Come up with a theme
In order to get the most out of your staycation you should plan it out just as you would a regular vacation. An easy way to do this is to come up with a theme. Maybe you want to explore free activities. In that case you can discover libraries, museums, parks, concerts, and other free events. If you are a foodie, then your plan may be to check out food-related events punctuated by stops at all those restaurants you’ve been meaning to try. Or maybe your theme is rest and relaxation. You’ll want to book at appointment for a massage, a movie, or whatever other activities you find relaxing.
Map your area
You really can’t explore if you stay close to the same routine and visit the same areas you are used to visiting. Get a map of your area. You can pick one up at your local visitor’s bureau if you’d like. Circle an area you’ve not spent much time in, and then consider exploring that area. If you’ve already started planning your theme staycation, then mark on the map all of the areas you’ll be visiting.
Seeing your plan laid out on the map will add some fun to your planning, but it will also allow you to make the most of your staycation by scheduling activities in close proximity to each other.
Set a time frame
Will your staycation be just a day of fun? Maybe you want to set aside a long three-day weekend and fill it with fun activities. Assigning a time frame to your activities like you would a regular vacation is what really makes a staycation special.
Remember, you’re still on vacation, so don’t forget to put away the electronics and put the email on hold. Don’t be tempted to do work or other chores that you wouldn’t do on vacation.
Just because you aren’t traveling far from home doesn’t mean you can’t experience a fun getaway. Plan your staycation just like you would a regular vacation, and make the most of seeing your local area in a new and exciting way.