How to Plan the Perfect Staycation

Vacationing is fun but at the same time, it can be stressful and costly too – especially if you’re traveling away from home.  Sure, everyone needs some R&R but a tropical resort isn’t your only option.

If you haven’t heard about the term “Staycation or “Holistay,” it’s described by Wikipedia as a period in which an individual or a family stays at home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance and sleeping in their own beds at night. 

So whether you’re on a tight budget or just find going on trips a hassle, here are a few ways to achieve the perfect and memorable “Staycation” this summer.

Work Ahead

A staycation won’t be a “vacation” if you will be doing tasks like working, cleaning, laundry and all the other chores.  To make it feel authentic and relaxing, do all the necessary work a week before your scheduled staycation – take care of the laundry, deep clean your home, do the groceries and make your home look and feel like vacation-like.

Bring the Resort to You

The thing about hotel and resort accommodations is that they are always cozy, clean, comfy and fragrant.  You can achieve that by deep cleaning your house, have freshly cleaned sheets, fresh flowers, scented candles or scented oil diffusers.

Plan your Activities

Just because it’s a staycation or holistay, doesn’t mean you have to stay at home (or in bed) all day.  Plan at least one activity per day to do something fun at home or near your place.

Go Off the Grid

Let the important people in your life know that you are planning a “vacation at home” and that you’re going off the grid for a few days.  Set an auto-responder on your email, mute notifications on your phones and just try your best to avoid checking your mail and smartphone.

Bring Food to You

You don’t usually cook when you’re on a vacation, right?  And you don’t have to when you’re on a staycation.  Order take-out from different restaurants every meal to make it feel as “vacation-like” as ever.

Bring the Spa to You

Have your very own spa at home complete with a selection of essential oils, soaks and scrubs and indulge yourself in a warm, relaxing bath in your own bathroom.  You can even hire a massage therapist who makes house calls for an authentic spa-like experience.

Plan Time with the Family

Vacations are even better when spent with the family.  Invite your kids and grandkids over or plan an activity to do with them, to create new memories and have a good time.

Don’t Forget to Enjoy your Downtime

In between all the activities mentioned above, make sure to give yourself the luxury of doing absolutely nothing.  After all, that’s what vacations are for.

About Toni Marie

Toni is a contributing author. In addition to writing about the Baby Boomer generation, she also likes to write about relationships and health.
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