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Vacations are expensive, but we all love them. Sometimes, it just isn’t something that you can do, though. When spring break or Christmas break rolls around, consider doing a staycation instead. This is a cheaper way to make great memories with your children or spouse. Here are some great ideas for the perfect staycation.
- Go for a hike. Anywhere you live, you shouldn’t have to drive far to take a hike. If nothing else, go to the local park and enjoy the walking trails. Take the dogs along, a picnic and make a day out of it.
- Do a Netflix marathon where everyone picks a movie. You know that everyone likes different movies. Take a day where you get out the pillows and blankets or even an air mattress and let everyone pick one movie to watch. Spend the entire day enjoying one movie you want to see plus the ones that your family will enjoy. Make sure you stay in your pajamas all day and order take-out.
- Make a lemonade stand with the kids. One thing that can be fun about it is taking an old box or table and decorating it up. Make sure that you get a permit if you need one. Then go to your social networks and spread the word. The kids will have a blast watching the customers come to see them.
- Check out a new work-out class in town. A lot of them are only available during the day when you might be working. This is the time to give a new one a try. Some even allow you to bring the kids along with you.
- Have a campout in the backyard. If you don’t own a tent, Coleman offers some great ones for pretty cheap. You can glam it up a bit with pillows and air mattresses if you don’t want to rough it too much.
- Check out the local museums or new restaurants. If there is a place you have never been, now is the time to do it! You may end up finding a new favorite.
- Learn a new sport! Have you always wanted to take up tennis? Now is the time to grab a racket and go out and see how it goes. You can get a bit of exercise, plus see if this is something that is worth looking into further when your staycation is done.
- Take a long nap. I know this sounds crazy, but sometimes we just don’t let ourselves do it. Curl up in bed or your favorite spot on the couch and give yourself the nap that you deserve.
- Make sure to put an “out of office” reply on your emails. This will make it where you don’t feel obligated to work even though you are on your staycation. Everyone will know you are busy and not expect an answer right away.
- Set up the yard games! This is a perfect time to invite over the neighbors and play a game of horseshoes or cornhole. This is one of those things everyone always plans to do but never takes the time, so now is the time! If it is cold outside, it is a great time to break out the board games.
- Read a book. You know that book that has been gathering dust for a year? Now is the time to break it out and get to reading!
One great thing about a staycation is that you don’t have to take off any days for travel. I love taking trips, but those travel days can be exhausting, so missing out on those is a huge benefit to this vacation. Do you have any great advice for a staycation? Share your ideas in the comments below!