Inflation and gas prices may have pushed a traditional vacation out of your budget. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy time with family and make some lasting memories.
A staycation is an at-home vacation. Staycations reduce or eliminate common expenses related to vacations—gas, hotel, and food. Staycations have become a popular option for a budget-friendly time away from work.
Are you considering a staycation this year? Here are seven ways to ensure a great time:
1. Set objectives for your staycation.
What do you hope to accomplish during your staycation? Objectives are not equivalent to what you will do. What you will do should be a means to an end. Before considering what you will do during your time away from work, think about more significant outcomes. Do you desire to make some memories with family? Do you desire to rest? Do you desire to grow spiritually or help your children grow spiritually? Setting objectives can provide guidance and purpose to your staycation plans.
2. Make a plan.
It’s easy to procrastinate staycation planning. Because you are staying at home, the need to plan doesn’t seem as urgent. However, not planning is a sure way to get frustrated during or after the staycation. Without a plan, routines tend to take over and the time at home starts to feel less like a vacation. A lack of planning also reduces the anticipation of a staycation. When planning, consider your objectives. Make a schedule that best accomplishes those desired outcomes.
3. Take advantage of special events.
Good staycations create a break from the normal, even when staying local. While planning your staycation, look for special events, activities, and concerts taking place during your time away from work. These special events can bring added excitement, fun, and a flair to the familiar during your staycation.
4. Do something you’ve wanted to do for a while.
Have you wanted to see something or do something in your hometown for a while? A staycation is a great time to do activities or see areas you would not normally do or see. If you have been talking about doing something for a while, make sure to include it in your staycation plan.
5. Take a day trip.
Yes, you can get out of town during a staycation. More than likely, there are a few fun day trips you could take. Consider including one or two-day trips during your staycation. Granted, this will increase gas costs. So, budget accordingly.
6. Spend more money on entertainment than food.
For families, food is a big vacation expense. During the staycation, determine to significantly reduce your food costs. Breakfast can typically take place at home. Depending on the day’s plans, bringing a cooler filled with sandwiches, chips, and drinks can create a low-cost lunch. Dinner can take place at home, or you may choose to eat out, depending on your budget. If you do choose to eat dinner at home, consider having foods you would typically eat on vacation—pizza, hamburgers, ice cream, etc.
7. Plan a few splurges.
Craft a staycation budget that allows for a few splurges. Consider splurging on experiences instead of food. Experiences usually create longer-lasting memories than meals at an expensive restaurant.
Enjoy your time away from work in a cost-effective manner. Set your staycation objectives and plan accordingly. Make some amazing memories without making a bunch of debt.