Staycation – Tips and Hints for traveling families
We LOVE vacation!
Vacations have wonderful benefits:
*Seeing new things
*Building family bonds
*Taking a break from the usual routine
As much as we love travel, and we DO, far flung travel isn’t necessary to have a wonderful time and strengthen your family bonds. You can have fun and make memories from your own house – with a STAYcation.
Create a fantastic STAYCATON at home!
Staycation – Forget the clock.
Lose all the regular routine. Eat when the group is hungry. Stay up late till everyone is sleepy and sleep in the next morning. Who cares what time it is? Cover up the clocks and don’t wear a watch.
Staycation – Relax.
Snuggle and read together. Kids never get too old for story time.
Get out the old family albums and remember.
Pull out the board games! Monopoly? Battle Ship?
Staycation – Get outside.
Bike the neighborhood. Throw frisbees or play tag at the park. Get the blood moving!
Staycation – Explore your hometown.
Be a tourist in your own city. Google and see what there is to see! Roadside America has some very quirky destinations.
I’m always amazed when people live in a tourist spot and don’t see the sights. Now is your chance. What would someone visiting for just a short time want to see? Make those spots your destinations.
Staycation – Plan ahead.
Clean the house – not spotless but the places that bother you. I would have a hard time looking at dog hair on the floor all weekend so I would vacuum!
Make food easy. Order in! Or buy whatever comes in the freezer section that is super easy. Consider meal delivery!! Who wants to cook. You are on vacation!
Splurge a little. Since you are not spending money on transportation or lodging how about a few little splurges? Would fresh flowers make you smile – buy some! How about pay per view movies or a new DVD. How about buying a new board game or book for the weekend? How about having someone clean the house before your holiday begins?
Staycation – Rainy or foul weather?
If the weather isn’t good enough to get out then stay in! Have a movie marathon! Get out the popcorn, oreos, and marshmallows and watch an entire series. Enjoy a tried and true like Harry Potter and Star Wars. Introduce the kids to some old favorites like The Munsters, Gilligan’s Island, or I Love Lucy.
Staycation – Shake it up.
Put a blanket on the living room floor and have a picnic for dinner. Eat pancakes and scrambled eggs for dinner and spaghetti for breakfast. Have pj day and stay in those snuggly pjs all day long!
Change beds! Have all the girls in one bed and boys in another. Get out the sleeping bags and all sleep in the living room. Get out the flashlights and tell spooky stories in the dark.
Staycation – Laugh and be silly.
Tell stories of when you were little. Google ‘minute to win it’ and play some really goofy games!
Staycation – Do NOT make these mistakes.
Do NOT be tempted to do ordinary normal stuff. Do not do laundry. Do not grocery shop. Do not wash the dishes. Do not pay bills.
Think of all the things you love leaving behind when you go on vacation: Errands, schlepping kids to and fro? Whatever is on that list – DON’T do it while on staycation!
Turn off the cell phone. Pretend you are out of cell phone range. Ignore emails and texts and Facebook.
You make memories every day. Make them wonderful!
Happy travels – near and far,
Natalie, The Educational Tourist