“Staycations aren’t just trendy they are smart”, say experts.
Holiday season is round the corner, but everyone cannot afford a holiday, so instead of running a debt and trying to go for a holiday make sure that your time off is relaxing and fun- that is a real vacation. Same place, different mindset- that’s the challenge of a staycation.
So, let’s talk about some of the best ways of making the most of your stay-at-home vacation-
Set your boundaries and budget
Approach your staycation as you would do with a regular holiday and create an activity plan and a corresponding budget. You’ll need to establish some boundaries to keep ‘real life’ from intruding while your family is on its staycation. Small staycation stint helps you strike a good work-life balance later when you are back in the real world. So it is important to decide on limits of cell-phone use and set up an out-of-office email message for the duration of your time ‘away’. However you handle your time off, it’s important to treat the time as special so that you don’t spend it as a working holiday.
Think like a tourist
Hold a family meeting and let everyone pick a venue or activity each day. For families with younger children it is easy to go to nearby farms, as you can pick your own vegetables and fruits. And metropolitan areas are filled with museums, zoos, galleries and other fun spots. Research your tourism website for your state and find the idyllic fun spots and locales in your state which could just be a ride away.
Go glamping in your own backyard
Pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars in your own backyard is a great idea- it is fun, simple, inexpensive and a great idea which your whole family will enjoy. Create an ambience which will give you more pleasure than a five-star hotel. Start by setting up a marquee or a teepee, a safari-style tent and then layer the base with plush, fluffy pillows and snuggle-worthy throwaways. Decorate the space with fairy lights, lanterns, flimsy curtains and other accents to complete the luxe, dreamy setup.
Learn something new
Staycations provide the perfect opportunity to pick up new hobbies or brush up your old skills.
Reimagine your home as a health retreat
There is no reason why you can’t turn your home into a heath retreat while on a holiday. You and your family can spend time together and together take care of your fitness and have fun. Give your house a spa-like touch up and enjoy a week like you would in a spa.
Keep the mood light and relaxed
Things tacky, wacky or out of the ordinary can be memorable. Visit an odd-ball local attraction; keep the mood light so that your family/kids can have a positive mind set. The effects could be long lasting; kids who feel good about themselves are less materialistic and go a long way in life.
It’s all about bonding and love for your family and not what you can afford.
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