The prospect of a summer vacation to an exotic place would get anyone excited. But, sometimes, a pricey trip just isn’t in the budget. What’s a wanderluster to do?
The good news is that, when it comes to R&R, there’s really no place like home. The staycations you take in your own town or your own backyard can be just as eye-opening and restorative as the ones that require a plane to get there. And they don’t have to cost a bundle.
Want to relish some "me-time" without spending big bucks? You can create the perfect, affordable staycation -- either at home or in your area -- and fill it with all the elements that help you feel replenished. Think of it as a beautiful gift to yourself, one that says you’re worth it.
Here’s a simple 5-step plan to creating a staycation so incredible, you’ll want to indulge in one every month of the year.
Planning for your staycation starts with selecting a date and duration. Can you take a day off from work? Or set aside a weekend? Maybe a half-day is enough to help you recharge your batteries. Once you’ve decided on a date and time, schedule it. Make your commitment stick by writing it down, putting it on your smartphone calendar, and telling people about it. When you’ve made a formal declaration, you’re more likely to take it seriously and less likely to back out.
Do you want to get in touch with the great outdoors, use your creativity, or feel pampered? Think about your intention and then write down a list of things you love that are associated with them. Think about your hobbies, interests, and passions. Also, think about things you never or rarely do, but aspire to do. That could be as simple as sleeping late, trying out a new restaurant with friends, or seeing a play. Ask your heart what it craves, write it down, and then read it out loud, so your head doesn’t have a chance to talk you out of it.
If your staycation involves hiking, sports, or visiting a new venue, maybe you would enjoy that activity better with a friend or two? Think about whether you’re craving solitude or the company of the people you love. Ask your invitees or send out e-invitations ahead of time and get confirmations. Who knows? Maybe they have been yearning to do the same thing and will appreciate your initiative and creativity.
If your plan involves multiple activities in a single day (yoga class, lunch at a new cafe, Netflix binge, going to bed early), build an agenda around them. By making a schedule, you minimize the chance of getting thrown off course. Or, if your original objective is to do nothing, do that. Be fluid. Let spontaneity take over and do what feels amazing. Sometimes, lazy-day staycations are the best kind.
If your plans include a fabulous DIY spa day, maybe you’ll want to buy some bath bombs, mud mask, and candles to help you relax. If you’re going on a day hike, make sure you have your backpack ready with bug spray, snacks, water, and sunscreen. If your plan involves restaurant reservations and theatre tickets, book that ahead of time. It’s important to make sure you have the details covered in advance, so that you can simply enjoy your staycation without any mishaps. Remember, treat this trip like any other -- you deserve it!
A staycation doesn’t have to be complicated. Ask yourself, at the bare minimum, what you really want. To read books all day? Catch up with friends? Explore your city on foot? The simplicity of your answer may surprise you. Everyone needs a break from time to time, and a simple staycation may be just the ticket to help you escape.
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