Summer is practically here and I can honestly say I'm ready for that warm summer breeze, quiet nights under the stars and BBQs, BBQs, and more BBQs. Summer is the time of year many people like to get away, the only downside? Cost. After everything is said and done, traveling anywhere whether it is by plane, train or car is usually expensive and can easily get out of control. If only there was a way to enjoy the perks of taking a vacation without incurring the expense of traveling.
This Summer Make It A Staycation!
There are many different types of staycations you can plan, from venturing to a different part of town to relaxing at home in your own backyard room. Either way the most important element is the sense of relaxation you achieve by taking some time off from your daily routine. In order to accomplish just that you will need to incorporate 3 major aspects of any vacation into to your staycation plans:
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If you are anything like me and my boyfriend, we plan pretty much our entire vacation around food, and we stay true to that mentality when planning a staycation as well. Below are some suggestions for incorporating your feeding schedule into your staycation.
Breakfast in Bed
This crowd favorite served room service style is a great way to treat yourself like you would on a vacation. Consider putting a new set of sheets on the bed and a new pillow assortment the night before for a more luxurious resort feel.
Spice Up Your Pallet
Explore different cuisine options during your staycation to enhance the vacation vibe. Another option is having a quiet, night picnic in your backyard room. You can accomplish this by incorporating backyard lighting and seating for heightened ambiance and beauty.
One of my favorite things to do when traveling to a new place is exploring. Now this part might be a little more challenging when you are staycationing at your own home, but there are still plenty of fun options to consider!
Explore Your City
You would be surprised at the hidden gems you can find just by taking a walk in your city or town.
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Get Tickets to a Show
There are local festivals and shows going on year round, you just have to know where to look. Your local box office is a great resource for same day tickets, sometimes even offered at a discount!
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Go to a Game
When you a live in a city it's hard to find time to chill out at one of your local team's games. This is a great staycation activity that is sure to be a "homerun".
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This is by far the most important element when creating your own staycation in my opinion. No one wants to go on a vacation and be "on" the entire time. When you take the time off from work you want to spend at least part of the time resting and recharging the batteries so you are refreshed when you go back to work.
Forget Your Alarm
Slowly start your day during your staycation by not setting an alarm. Slowly getting up followed by a light breakfast, meditation and maybe even a soak is just what you need. After all there isn't anything better than not having to be anywhere at a specific time.
Before Netflix the concept of laying around in your pjs all day was frowned upon, but now that we have the ability to challenge ourselves to start and finish an 8 season show in one weekend, it really becomes an exercise in perseverance and you don't want to let yourself down.
There isn't an exact number of hours used to quantify what a "Netflix Binge Session" really is and it differs from person to person. The best part? No judgement! If laying in bed watching Netflix isn't your cup of tea, binge reading is also an excellent activity. It's your staycation, spend it how you want!
Your Very Own Paradise
The most relaxing and cost effective way to spend a portion of your staycation, is simply staying home. If spending the day lounging in your very own backyard room doesn't sound quite as appealing to you, here are a couple little additions you can incorporate that will liven up even the simplest of spaces.
Adding something as simple as a hammock between two posts in your backyard room can help whisk you away to that tropical paradise you were dreaming of. Give your backyard room even more of a vacation vibe by adding a bar. What better way to start your staycation than by sipping on a refreshing cocktail at two in the afternoon. End your relaxing day by taking a soak and spending some quality time with your loved ones under the stars.