Staycation – The Next Best Thing To Vacation

What made me think about a Staycation is the cost of fuel. Prices are getting so high that many have to stay home. I love having a vacation at home, but sadly, this summer is already getting crazy busy with plans and travel. I have company through out the summer, a trip up north (to the Northwest Territories) to see family and friends, a trip down south for a family reunion, camping, and then my sister is coming home from Kenya Africa for a visit – so I will be spending as much time with her as I can. When it gets this busy, I honestly shake my head as to why I bothered planting a garden or flowers…. I won’t get to enjoy them. Oh well.

Back on to Staycation. If you are planning on enjoying a lovely summer at home, there is one problem I encountered… and that is to “walk away from work!” It is a hard thing to do, but that is what I wanted to remind you to do, I give you permission to leave your laundry, your dishes in the sink, your floors unwashed on those gorgeous hot days when you should be outside enjoying them. If you don’t – the next thing you know summer will be over and all you did was your normal routine. You will not have enjoyed any “recreation,” you will be lacking sufficient rest and rejuvenation. After all, the root word of recreation is “recreate” or to make new again.

Make A List

The first thing I suggest is to start a list of the activities you would like to do this summer. Much like goals, if you don’t write them down, they are really just a wish list, and you have nothing concrete to plan or work towards. You don’t want this to be another summer of regrets. Get your family to write down the activities they would like to enjoy too.

Make A Tentative Schedule

I don’t like to have a schedule when I am on vacation. As a matter of fact, the reason we loved one Resort in Mexico so much was we didn’t have to make dinner reservations. The last trip there they kept calling us to find out where and when we wanted to dine. I was really annoyed. I soon changed my attitude when they forgot to phone me for my reservation one night. We went to dinner and had to wait in line for 1 1/2 hours to eat. They didn’t phone me after that…. I was phoning them.

So I am not suggesting you make a schedule, but what I want you to do is start penciling an activity each week on your calendar for two reasons:

So you actually plan on doing it

To make sure your list is realistically possible. You might realize it is not possible to do everything on your list, so you may need to pare it down. We get great plans in our head …

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Hotel Staycation

There are vacations where you temporarily visit another city, state or country and take in all these new places have to offer and then there are staycations where you stay in your own city and act like a tourist. Both are great ideas for something fun to do, and both have their advantages and disadvantages but if you choose a staycation for this year’s holiday, what about still going to a hotel?

Usually staycations mean you use your house as your home base and you take trips out daily to things in and around your city. It may be that museum you have always wanted to go to but never got around to it, it could be a new water park that just opened, it could be a trip to a nearby park to do things like canoeing that you always wanted to try. At the end of the day, you go home to sleep and do something fun the next day till the staycation is over. What if, instead of going home you checked into a hotel, right in your own city? It’s like a vacation and a staycation all in one and while it may be more expensive than just going home, it adds some excitement to your holiday.

Staying in a hotel is always fun. There are different beds, different layouts, things like the pool and gym to check out, and they usually have a bar or restaurant attached for easy snacks, meals and unwinding times too. Staying in a hotel offers you something different from the same old routine. It gets you up and out in the morning and offers you a warm and comforting atmosphere when you return. You don’t have to make the beds or pick up the towels and yet you come back to a perfect room at day’s end.

Hotels these days have WiFi and other amenities to make it just like home while having a little adventure and you don’t have to stay long, just a night or two will up the fun factor of a staycation and give you different memories that you can share. They also always have plenty of information about nearby places and events that you may have missed. So play tourist in your own town, it’s fun and you’ll learn a lot about where you live, and while it’s always nice to go home again, check into a hotel, if only for a night. You’ll be glad you did!…

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