Planning a staycation at home has become a growing trend, and if we stop and consider our last few vacations, you’ll likely understand why.
People always have the best intentions of sticking to a budget; however, chances are, they blow it. Oops!
First, things are usually more expensive than planned, or they sabotage their plans by “needing” to try every new food, or visiting every hot spot since they will likely not be returning to that location. Can’t say I blame them!
Are they alone?
Nope, according to this article found at Credit Donkey, an average vacation for a family of four costs $4,580. The average person spends around $1,200 per year on vacation.
Since Walt Disney World is a popular destination for the kiddos, I wanted to check what a vacation to see Mikey Mouse would cost for a family of four. Money.com cites if you splurge on a four day Disney World experience, it will set you back about $6,360. Wowzer!
Unfortunately, the reality check of our overspending doesn’t hit us until we get back home. However, that should not stop us from taking time off even if that means time off in our own homes.
Cost isn’t always the only reason a staycation at home would be beneficial. Below is a video that names seven PROVEN health benefits of a Vacation.
One of my favorite reasons to plan a staycation is to reduce stress. Case and point, have you ever heard the saying, “After my vacation, I need a vacation.” This is often due to a tight schedule and not being able to truly unwind in an unfamiliar place.
You see, if you plan accordingly, a staycation can feel more relaxing than a stressful and expensive trip planned elsewhere.
That being said, it is only effective if done correctly.
Rules For Your Staycation At Home For Maximum Stress Relief
Create A Budget
Yes, a budget! Remember, the goal is to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Your budget should allow for things that will help create that environment and should include items such as food from your favorite restaurants, day trips, spa time, and even a shopping day.
Local spas will be more than happy to provide you with one-day price packages, which are much more affordable. To get an even better bang for your buck, stock up on spa supplies and create your own DIY spa day.
You don’t need to spend a fortune; however, it’s okay to splurge a bit. For the price of one airplane ticket, you could probably have a luxury vacation for the entire family at home.
Prepare For Time Off
The problem that many people have when trying to relax at home is not being able to disconnect.
Don’t worry; our planning phase is going to fix that!
For it to feel like an actual vacation, you need to prepare to take time off from what you are trying to escape from.
These things should include work, house chores, laundry, and cooking.
A few days before your vacation begins plan on doing your laundry and cleaning your house.
If your schedule doesn’t give you ample time to complete these tasks, consider outsourcing them.
Out Of Office Notification
Cell phones have literally placed our offices in the palm of our hands. To resist the temptation of checking your email, create an out of office autoresponder message.
Feel free to steal this example:
Thank you for your email. Please be aware, I will be out of the office from mm/dd to mm/dd and will have limited access to email (or) not have access to email.
If this is urgent, please contact [NAME] at [EMAIL] or [PHONE]. I will promptly follow up on your email when I return to the office.
Further, it’s important to remind yourself that when co-workers are on vacation, you most likely were respectful of their time off.
If you mention, you will be away on vacation until the following Monday – honor that. Even if your office is in your spare room, no one needs to know you’re currently enjoying a cocktail at home while getting lost in a book.
Therefore, it’s best not to post any social media photos until after your staycation is over.
Take Worries Out Of Sight
Guess what – if you remove the source of stress, you’ll likely remove stressful feelings as well. Bills equal stress and bills come in the mail. Therefore, skip the mail or toss them in a basket for the next few days. You can sort the letters, invoices, and junk mail when your vacation is over.
Give Your Family and Friends A Heads Up
The last thing you want is people dropping by unannounced. So to avoid the unwanted interruptions, make people aware of your decision, and be firm about them respecting it.
Your message could be as simple as this:
I’ve been a bit overworked, and I’m in much need of some quiet time to rest. Please be aware that I will be playing “hooky” at home and will be away from social media and turning off my phone. Trust me; I’ll be a better version of me when I resurface from some rest.
Thank you in advance for giving me the time to catch up on some sleep by not checking in on me.
Lose Track Of Time
Here’s a sure way to take the daily grind off your mind. Gather up all the clocks and stash them away.
Ways To Lower Cost For Your Staycation At Home
Before jumping into the suggestions below, I would like to add the following piece of advice. We feel improving our living space has a more significant impact on our everyday lives than spending money for one day or an event.
In other words, I would pass on a few restaurants, and spa trips to upgrade a patio, which I would be able to enjoy over and over again – even well after my staycation is over!
Play A Tourist Locally
Why is this such a great idea? The truth is every country, state, and town has something to offer. Exploring your city will challenge you to take different roads and visit places you’ve never considered before.
You will likely discover some history and be rewarded with a new appreciation about the place you live in.
Lastly, it will remind you that you can find beautiful things right where you live, which you could include in your everyday life moving forward.
For most of my life, I lived minutes away from NYC. Looking back, I wished I would have taken more bike rides in Central Park or walked around the fashion district more often for inspiration.
When I relocated to my new sunny location, I vowed to appreciate my surroundings more often, which leads me to my next suggestion.
Create A Mini-Oasis In Your Backyard
We opted to create a relaxing oasis in our backyard. Depending on the staycation at home budget you set aside, here are several inexpensive options.
Keep in mind that you do not need to tackle all these projects at once.
To help your patio or backyard feel more resort-like, add some outdoor strings lights (dimmable if possible) and music.
Every vacationer looks forward to a cocktail hour, so consider your sitting area. Cozy up the space with a colorful rug, a few plants, candles, and possibly a water feature.
If it’s in your budget, you might want to invest in new patio furniture altogether.
Now, if you live in a colder climate and are on a tight budget, let’s think outside the box.
You can still enjoy your backyard in a stylish wilderness camping trip kind of way!
If you don’t already own a tent, why not borrow one from a friend.
To make your staycation at home over the top for the kids, why not build a fire pit and make some s’mores.
Want to really make the staycation memorable, set up an outdoor projector to watch movies under the stars.
Isn’t it amazing that people associate wealth with vacationing? It’s been my experience that some of my friends with the least wealth are the most traveled.
Try A Swap Houses For A Staycation
Hear me out on this one….it’s not that farfetched.
Despite all the suggestions above, some of you may STILL not be able to feel like you are on vacation while at home. Although it may get some getting use to, I would try more than once before throwing in the towel. The benefits are too great to give up so quickly.
Another alternative is swap houses with a close friend. Both parties will be able to set up their properties to receive guests, and you will be able to truly “get away” without spending a dime. The house swap will feel exciting and provide a new experience.
Now, even when your staycation is not in your home, you still must eat. If you’re trying to keep the budget super low, cook your meals but add a twist.
Instead of visiting the same old grocery store, try exploring an upscale farmer’s market and purchase at least a few prepared meals to give yourself some time off.
For the rest of your meals, gather a few appetizers create a grazing spread. For some food ideas check my post, Seven Last-Minute Entertaining Hacks.
If life feels to be genuinely getting out of control and money is tight, then a Staycation At Home can be just the thing you need to help you unwind and hit the reset button.
Just a fair warning once you try it, you may be hooked for life since you will feel the benefits shortly after that.
With growing concerns about unstable job markets and illnesses, travel has become less appealing. In fact, in 2018, this article in Forbes, outlined many reasons the United States has slowly become the no vacation nation.
The prediction is a Staycation at home will become the new norm, so why not begin by practicing now. For more home styling tips and tricks drop by anytime. Hey, we’re always up for company.