The family budget is stretched thin but everyone is really stressed from work and school. Though there isn’t enough money to fund a vacation, the family can still enjoy some relaxation time by having a stay-at-home vacation, or staycation. There is a right and wrong way to have a staycation so follow these tips if you want to do it the right way and not waste precious time.
Step 1: When you are on a personal vacation, you do not spend all your time on the phone, so don’t do it on a staycation. Vacations are designed to remove regular demands of life, so let them. Tell everyone that the family is on a staycation for the next week. Turn off the phone or set it to forward directly to voice mail. Check messages at night if you wish and be selective about who you call back.
Step 2: If you get a lot of postal mail and normally suspend delivery while on a regular vacation, do the same during the staycation.
Step 3: Resist the temptation to check emails, whether work or personal. In fact, turn off the computer altogether because the point of the staycation is family bonding. That is not made easy when teens are playing computer games.
Step 4: Have fun exploring new local places. There are many areas of the hometown or neighboring areas that you may never have seen. Take a bike ride, walk, or drive to these places and see what adventures they hold.
Step 5: Treat yourself. You are saving money by staying home but that doesn’t mean the family needs to survive on beans and rice the whole week. Have a restaurant night or go to Sunday brunch. Visit a local theme park or go to a spa. Splurge, but keep it within reason and within the budget.