It Might be Time for a Staycation…

We can’t all travel all the time. I wish we could! However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun lives full of new and exciting experiences, relaxing getaways, and fun filled weekends. I tend to lean heavily on the staycation as a means to get me through the boring parts of life between “real” travel experiences.

There are many reasons to take a staycation. Perhaps you don’t have enough vacation time to get away somewhere farther afield. Perhaps money is an issue and you simply can’t afford to spend a lot of money on a big trip at the moment. Perhaps, like me, you have an insatiable desire to get the most out of life and you want to go on more awesome outings than you would otherwise be able to. It really doesn’t matter what the reason is…a staycation is a good idea for everybody!

The best part about a staycation is that it can be as budget friendly or as lavish as you want it to be.

I live in San Diego, California. As a result, I’m pretty fortunate to live in an area where people go on their vacations. Naturally, there’s a lot to do here and the options for me are basically endless. That being said, you can take a staycation pretty much anywhere. Don’t worry if you don’t live in a tourist destination. I bet there are some pretty great things to do just around the corner from your house if you look for them!

The only rule I have for staycations is that you can’t let your everyday life get in the way. This isn’t a time to do chores or errands. They can wait! I promise it will be OK if you leave them until later 🙂

I’ll throw out a few ideas here, but really this is YOUR staycation, so do whatever you want!

For the city dweller…

Staycations should be easy for you because any relatively large city has a lot of stuff going on at any given moment. Your possibilities are about as endless as your imagination, but there are a few ways you could go with this. The first option is to think about what it is that makes your city unique. Here in San Diego we have the beaches, the famous zoo, Balboa Park, etc. So that’s always an option for me. What is unique about where you live? Go explore what makes your city great!

For the rural adventurer…

You, my friend, are in a great position to do some exploration close to home. Explore mountains, hiking trails, lakes, rivers, and deserts around you. Blaze a new trail or simply spend the weekend fishing in a nearby stream. Nature is yours to discover!

For the stressed out worker or parent…

Book yourself a spa treatment! Better yet, check into a day spa. Get a massage, soak in a mineral bath, and take a leisurely swim in a pool. Spend some time laying in the sun and reading a good book. Take a yoga class or go on a leisurely stroll out in nature or at a beautiful park. Call a babysitter…today is YOUR day.

For the financially stretched staycationer…

Let the outdoors be your playground! Fun doesn’t always have to cost money. I like to pack a picnic and spend a day at the beach or on the local hiking trails. You might not live near a beach, but you probably have something outdoorsy and awesome near you. Take advantage of it! Spend a day by a lake or river, or on a hike through the local hills. You can even just go out in the back yard or to a local park and have a barbecue, then spend a few hours at the community pool. You could also go on a bike ride out in nature or through a nice park in your area. If you live in a city, spend the day walking around a new neighborhood you haven’t spent much time in and discovering new sights. Pack your lunch or grab something cheap while you’re out, and just spend the day enjoying the exploration. It doesn’t need to be fancy and expensive.

For the lucky duck with a large budget…

If you’re flush with funds, you might consider leaving your home with your piles of bills, laundry, and responsibilities staring you in the face and instead check yourself into a local resort. If you’re looking for a nice weekend away from home and you’re mostly interested in just hanging out by the pool and dining out on the town, you don’t actually need to travel halfway across the world to do that. Chances are, there are probably some really nice resorts with great amenities within a relatively short distance from where you live. Go there!

For the family focused…

Do you have any theme parks near you? It might be a good time to plan a day there! Even if you don’t have a theme park nearby, there are parks, county fairs, and children’s museums to explore. Or, take the kids out on a nature hike where you can discover plants and wildlife. Take a picnic lunch and treat the kids to some of their favorite foods underneath a shady tree.

Whatever you end up doing, the important thing is that you take some time for yourself. Get out into the world and do what makes you happy. Enjoy time with your family or some much needed alone time. Life is short. Enjoy it!


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  1. First, I was just in San Diego in October and I had my heart set on moving there until the Trump train pulled in. Now I’m patiently waiting for him to be impeached before I make any sudden moves. It’s BEAUTIFUL there though, I loved it, you’re very lucky!

    Secondly, I love the idea of a staycation but the thing about making use of the outdoors is that you really need the weather. It doesn’t feel like much of a vacation when it’s lashing outside and you feel like you’re catching a cold just from sticking your head out the window….. Unfortunately this is often the case here in Ireland… Still, I suppose you can always light the fire and have a ski-lodge themed weekend with hot toddies and roasted marshmallows!

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    • Hopefully you’ll be able to join us in the future. We West Coasters are generally pretty anti-Trump (there are a few that like him, but overall he’s NOT popular AT ALL here) so you would be very welcome, and California has been passing state laws combating the federal laws he’s been trying to pass, so we’re a little more sheltered from all that crap here than other areas of the country. That being said, I totally understand.

      You do need decent weather for beachy staycation activities, unless you like Winter sports, of course! My cousin and her kids are in Finland right now, having a wonderful time snowmobiling, skiing, and more…so there is always something fun to do…and hot toddies with marshmallows are always a good idea 🙂


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