This year The Husband and I made a commitment to schedule 1 day “staycations” every 3-4 months. We send our oldest to school, line up a babysitter for the baby and then do, well, WHATEVER WE WANT!
When was the last time you did that?
Sometimes we see a movie, go to lunch, stay in bed, shop, take a walk, play tennis, basically do all the things we just don’t have time to ENJOY because we’re working, taking care of the kids, cleaning, etc.
We decided staycations are not the time to catch up on laundry, clean out the garage, or mop the floors. That’s the mistake I used to make. It was The Husband who led me to the light of a REAL Staycation, one in which you truly take a break from all of life’s responsibilities.
1. A Cheaper Way to Refresh
Let’s face it. “Real” vacations cost time, money and energy to plan. We don’t always have the resources to take week or even weekend long vacation that involve travel costs, hotels, and food. A one day staycation now and then gives us a cheaper way to refuel our batteries without all the overhead.
2. Revitalize Relationships
When was the last time you spent uninterrupted time with your spouse? Do you have a close friend you barely have time to call let alone visit? How about your parents? Do you spend anytime with them at all? Why not coordinate a staycation with a loved one in your life. You can both schedule a day off and simply spend time together. No distractions. No responsibilities. When was the last time that happened?
3. Support Local Business
Vacations are great for the economy but the money you spend supports where you travel not where you live. Why not make a point to patronize a local business on your staycation. Seek our new local restaurants, museums, local attractions. The money you spend goes right back into the local economy helping to support your community.
4. Vacation Days Don’t Last Forever!
Is it just us, or do you find yourself with a surplus of vacation days at the end of the year? What are we saving them for? Sure, you want to be prepared in case of an emergency or family illness but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a break now and then. You’ve earned the days, don’t be afraid to use them!
5. Sometimes You Just Need a Break!
Married or not, kids or not, life is busy! We all get wrapped up in the daily grind and time just keeps ticking away. Sometimes, you just need to take a break! Remind yourself that life doesn’t have to revolve around work. Make “travel” (including staycations) a priority and you might find you have more energy and motivation to tackle the everyday.