Often times you want to get away, but funds may be low or you may just need a break from the daily hum drum work life and responsibilities that adulthood brings. Enter…staycation! If you’re not familiar with the term, allow me to explain!
With the recession in full bloom in the United States during 2009, the term “staycation” rose in popularity. A staycation is simply a vacation taken at home or within traveling distance from one’s home. Instead of buying plane tickets or hopping on the road to drive to grandma’s house, one simply enjoys the leisure activities surrounding them. They may hang out in the back yard, do some gardening, hit the pool, see a play, etc., but whatever it is, it’s local.
A lot of the times though, people want to go away for vacation, and that’s perfectly fine. There are so many places in the world that you may want to visit. For example, you might decide that you like the look of Eugene (if this something that you are interested in then you should check out something like this EVEN Hotel Eugene to give you an idea of where you could stay and what the price would be). If you find that you have all the time in the world and are interested in going on vacation as often as you can, then you might be interested in using a company like NetJets to help you travel in style and comfort. However, often times people just don’t have enough time to take a vacation, which is why they take a staycation instead.
If you want to wake up late, drink coffee with your breakfast in your Hello Kitty PJs on the couch then feel free because it’s YOUR STAYCATION!!!! What a staycation does is allow you to save money, reduce stress, and enjoy the benefits that a vacation provides without putting a dent in your bank acct.
A Few Ideas…
Eat in – bring the Papa John’s or Maggianos to your kitchen: Make your own pizza. You can make the dough and buy the toppings…you can even include the kids. It’s a fun and relaxing way to take a load off and it’s WAY cheaper too! Or, make your own pasta dish. Break out that Kitchen-Aid Pasta attachment you have been meaning to test out and TEST IT OUT!! Now you can have homemade spinach flavored pasta
All aboard! When is the last time you used your city’s public transportation to explore? It is affordable and chances are you will stumble upon something you have not seen before. So, hop on board a bus or the metro and find some cool museums, galleries, parks, or food spots to hit. Chances are the options are unlimited and you will have come away wiser.
Groupon and Living Social options: Both Groupon and Living Social have risen in popularity over the last few years because they offer people a way to try new things they might not otherwise have tried because of cost. So take a flip through (if you haven’t already) and see what’s happening around your area! You might be able to plan a whole day of activities, meals, and entertainment with these awesome tools!
Home projects: Been meaning to install those new door handles or go through little Johnny’s old baby stuff to pack up for Goodwill? Have you been meaning to get those glass panels to redo the bathroom that you’ve been planning for nearly a year now? Well, do it!! Projects like these, which are easily forgotten over time, are nice leisurely activities you will be glad you had time to do.
What are some of your staycation tips or ideas? I would love to hear what you kids come up with!