I have to admit I really really reallly love to travel, but to be honest, when we take a big and more expensive “fly away” vacation…particularly with children in tow…we inevitably come home with the feeling of needing a vacation from our vacation. Who’s with me here? So, this year we are opting for some staycation fun by not travelling more than a few hours from home. A short road trip is always manageable and doesn’t drain everyone completely from the commute alone. Here are a few ideas that may inspire you and yours to do the same! Staycations have made some great memories for us, not to mention how budget friendly they can be. I look forward to our plans ahead and would love any staycation ideas that you have so please share in the comments! As always, thanks for reading friends! ~Lisa 🙂
1) SOMEWHERE NEW : I have lived in the same region for my entire life and there are still new places for me to see. Check out places that are popular or historical that are within driving distance that you have never been to before. Maybe find a great deal on a hotel or campsite to stay for a couple of nights to explore the area more. You don’t have to go far to see something new!
2) FAMILY VOTE : This is one of my kids favorite ways to spend a staycation if we have time off and haven’t planned to go anywhere. Each day one family member gets to pick what we will do near home…day trips! We have gone bowling, to the mueseum, movie day, hiking, picnic at the park, etc.
3) VISIT FAMILY OR FRIENDS : If you have family or friends that live within driving distance…plan with them to head over for a visit! Getting together often sometimes go to the wayside with busy work and school schedules, so take advantage of the time off to spend quality time with those that you care about most. Plan a BBQ, Picnic or Camping Trip to catch up and give your kiddos a chance to catch up with cousins!
4) HALF & HALF : If you are someone who could really just use some time off to catch up on all of the to-do items that get put off due to the daily jam, but really don’t want to spend your time off doing anything but relaxing and having some fun….I say split it up! Plan ahead to do the “productive” to-do list items that are a priority to you the first half of your time off and commit to yourself and your family that you will spend the second half relaxing and having a bit of fun. The time spent on the to-do list will help you relax guilt-free while you end your time off recharging your “batteries”. Sometimes just checking a few items off of that never-ending to-do list can make you feel great without having to forfeit the all important “you” time!
5) JUST CHILL: Seriously…spending time at home chillaxing (thanks tween vocab) doing whatever we feel like on a whim really is some of the most rejuvenating time off. Double bonus is that the time off always feels longer when you are not trying to fit too much into the schedule. Make it still feel special by ordering take-out from a favorite restaurant or have some neighbors over for an impromptu BBQ and board game night. Whatever floats your boat just chill and do what makes you happy!