There can be many different reasons why you aren’t able to travel or get away for vacation. But don’t worry, all is not lost! You can create a memorable staycation without leaving your town. Here are 25 ideas to get you started!
Back in my single gal days, I traveled like it was my job! And even when it was for my job, I always took a few extra days and explored the city.
I have no regrets that it’s much more difficult these days to travel these days because I was blessed to have experienced so much growing up and throughout my 20s and 30s. I still try to fly out to California once every year or so to see family, and Hubby and I enjoy taking long weekend road trips. And that’s about it.
There are so many different reasons why you aren’t able to travel or take a vacation. They are so stinking expensive, especially for a family! I don’t know about you, but traveling, especially air travel seems to be more hassle than its worth. And if you have any kind of chronic illness… the hassle… the pain and fatigue… fuhgettaboutit!
I know… staying at home isn’t a replacement for travel. But plan a few staycation days and make the most of it and you can still create fun memories for yourself and family!
I’m not going to tell you the rules. But I am going to suggest that you lay down some ground rules and boundaries that work best for you and your family.
How many days? Plan your staycation days like you would a real vacation. Schedule time off work and plan to commit 100%. Trust me when I say that when you are home, it’s easy to get distracted with all of the things you “could” be doing. Promise me you will do your best to focus!
Depending on the vibe of your staycation, you may even want to do a little prep work ahead of time and turn your home into a wellness retreat!
So what do you want to do? What are your goals and expectations? Get input from everyone in the family.
Plan a budget. Even though you are not traveling, what is your budget for activities and dining out?
Laundry – will you be doing laundry?
Meals – what about meals? Will you cook, eat out, or order takeout?
Think about these things ahead of time and discuss and agree upon as a family.
Now that you have the ground rules in place, let’s get started with some activities you can do. I separated them into indoor and outdoor activities so you can plan based on the weather and your interests!
Make some popcorn and have a movie marathon. Bonus points if you can view outside at night!
Get out the sleeping bags and have a slumber party in the living room.
Make no-churn and dairy-free ice cream.
Play board games and card games.
Put together a puzzle.
Enjoy a DIY spa day at home or at a spa if it’s in the budget.
Participate in a Gratitude Challenge.
Go on a nature walk and make a game out of it!
Plan to go to a museum, park, or activity in your town or within an hour’s drive – or plan several!
Enjoy a day at the pool – hit up a friend to go to their pool or use their guest pass if you don’t have one available.
Watch an outdoor movie (lots of places have movies on the lawns).
Go to a free outdoor concert.
Pitch a tent and sleep outside.
Go for a long bike ride.
If it’s in the budget, rent a convertible for the day and take a long drive.
Make some fried chicken and go for a picnic.
If you live near water, rent a canoe or boat.
Be a sunset sniper – find the best spot in town and a clear night and take pictures.
Participate in Random Acts of Kindness.
Explore a nearby town or area.
Find a quiet spot along a river or park and write in your journal.
I hope you enjoy your staycation! And bonus points if you make a commitment to do a mini staycation every so often!
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