I think I may have mentioned a time or two (or a dozen) that we spent the last week staycationing. I think our decision to stay home for vacation raised a few eyebrows but for us it was the right choice for many reasons. Here are 5 of my thoughts on planning a great staycation.
- We scheduled sometime to be “not planned” if we wanted to go out that was fine, but we could also stay home and enjoy not having to be anywhere. That was a pretty great feeling!
- When the weather is iffy, or if you are like us and actually try and vacation in November, things can seem a little dreary. We discovered a fabulous botanical garden near our home that also had a bright and airy conservatory. Gardens are so often forgotten especially in the winter months when nothing is growing— but a conservatories are the last bastion of sun, and green in the middle of winter.
- We decided that we need to start keeping a running list of things we would do if I just had the time. There are so many things that we have every intention of actually doing “someday” but don’t get around to and then we forget about it. A list would have helped out with the staycation planning process.
- I think that it can be easy to get stuck in a rut with your staycation. We started out thinking that a vacation means visiting lots of historically significant places near us. Which is fun in moderation, but somewhere around the 5,000th quaint fudge shop we were ready for a break. Ok, in full disclosure, we had a really really good time with all our local history trips and we never actually made it to 5000 quaint fudge shops. The point is, planning a staycation with an eye towards mixing up themes and topics is a good idea.
- One of the best parts of staycationing is that you can end a long day of sight seeing or adventuring with a bowl of popcorn and a movie curled up on your own couch, and then go to sleep in your own bed. Why put all the work into this place we call home if we don’t get to enjoy it on occasion?