How to Plan a Kickass Staycation
If you don't know... stay·ca·tion /stāˈkāSHn/ is a vacation spent in one's own hometown or at home with activities planned at local attractions such as museums, parks, and theaters. Now, you know.
You're probably asking yourself what makes a great staycation. Maybe it's a great couch, piles of pillows, that comfy throw that grandma knitted for you, binge-watching that series from your long list of shows, and a coffee table runneth over of every possible comfort food you could dream of. Maybe not.
Maybe it's a lavish hotel? Another’s home? Or a quirky bread & breakfast? For me, it’s wherever I’m feeling at the moment. My first official staycation was years ago. My best friend got a deal on a very nice hotel with a coupon from a popular deals site. It was great! We had tons of fun and it was memorable. Another time, we'd stayed at this trendy b & b and ate like queens and met a best-selling author. That had been equally memorable. What I’m trying to say is do you. Go with what you are feeling. If you don’t know, split your time between the different types of stays. What is most important is that you leave the comfort of your home. Here are several requirements I believe are beneficial to planning a great staycation:
- Leave your house or apartment. Yep, leave the four walls of your home for a different environment. Being within your normal environment has a way of distracting you and pulling you back into the mundane aspects of what made you want a minivacation in the first place. Whether you decide to stay at a hotel or at your own home, venture out at some point. Go for a hike, reserve that spot at the local hot spot downtown, go camping, or get theater tickets in the theater district minutes away. The goal is to enjoy yourself.
- If you opt to reserve a hotel or bread & breakfast, check out the local scene. Find out all the hot spots your town has to offer. Figure out all the cool things to do in this area. There could possibly be new restaurants in the area that you're not aware of. Some simple googling is really all that is needed. Categorize the restaurants, coffee shops, museums, or the activities you’d like to try.
- Make a plan. Some people are opposed to an itinerary. Sometimes, I make them and stick to them. Other times, I break them when I am having way too much fun. It’s not a bad thing to have an unofficial itinerary to keep you on track especially if you're on a trip with little ones or multiple people. It's so easy to get sidetracked when there are more people to consider.
- Explore and learn. Forget that you are a native or local. The best thing about a staycation is that you get to act like a tourist without actually being one. There is no pressure. There are no rules. It's a home-advantage.
- Leave everything behind and have fun. This is your time to rejuvenate and rediscover you. This may be a bit of a challenge if you’re doing a staycation. I mean, you’re in the same town as your work, your neighbors, even your plants, and you may run into the occasional person from your everyday life. But it’s okay. Remember, you are doing you.
Hopefully, this list is a start to a wonderful plan to step out and explore your own backyard and to enjoy. You're also setting yourself up to be an expert in your city. If you have any wonderful ideas to share about staycations please comment below. I'd love to hear them. One of my dearest friends and a relative have moved into town and I’m trying to convince them to do a staycation to get a better vibe for the area. BONUS tip: It is the quickest way to get to know a new town and meet other locals.
This idea I’d offer anyone-single, newly single, couple, or family to get settled into their community. Also, feel free to make suggestions on our facebook page.
*This page contains affiliate links.*