There are few things in this world as exciting as going on vacation. However, sometimes going somewhere is way too expensive, or maybe when the time comes rolling around to take off of work, it isn’t the best time to leave town. There are many people out there with this problem, and surprisingly, there is a great solution.
A staycation, as it is now being called, is taking a vacation from your crazy life while staying in the comfort of your own home. You don’t have to travel far away or spend a lot of money to get the peace and relaxation you would get from going somewhere else.
Use these tips to optimize your staycation experience, and come back to your work life refreshed and ready to go.
Turn Off Phones and Social Media
Vacations are all about taking a break. The best way to do this is to turn off social media, your phone, email, and everything else that constantly nags at you on a daily basis. Put an ‘out of office’ response on your email and phone, and don’t check them until you get back to work. You’ll be surprised at how much more relaxed you will feel.
Turn Time Off
Just like turning off everything digital, cut down on your reliance on time. Though it may not be practical in some situations to throw out time completely, try to ignore it for the most part while you are on vacation.
Remember— you don’t have to be anywhere or do anything. Try putting away most, if not all, of the clocks in your house and don’t set an alarm for the morning. Spend the week just going with the flow, doing what you want, when you want.
Get Someone Else to Clean Your House
One of the best feelings while on vacation is not having to clean up after yourself. So why should this change when you are on staycation? Treat yourself a little and hire a maid service to come and clean your house for you.
It’s very easy to fall into doing chores around the house when you’re at home and on vacation, and needless to say, this will ruin the point of a staycation. Maid services are not as expensive as you may think, and you get the enjoyment of watching someone else doing your chores for you.
Eat Out Every Night
Similar to cleaning your house, cooking is an extra chore that is not necessary when you are on a staycation. Don’t bother yourself with the hassle just because you’re in your own kitchen. Instead, go out every night your on staycation to a new place you’ve never been before. Not only does this get rid of having to cook, but it also gives you a chance to try new places around your town that you probably otherwise wouldn’t. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite local restaurant.
Do Something You Have Never Done
To make the experience unique, make sure you try something new. It’s likely there are plenty of things in your hometown that you have never tried before, or even heard about. Get on the internet and see what other people visiting your hometown are doing for fun.
If there isn’t anything, see what else is close, but get out and do at least one thing that brings you out of your comfort zone. Perhaps you could go to a tourist attraction, picnic at a national park, go skydiving or bungee jumping—anything that will give you a story and a special memory. After all, a vacation is meant to be filled with the unforgettable.
Hire an In-House Masseuse
Almost no other method works better to relax you than a professional massage. Since you are saving so much money by staying home for your vacation, splurge a little and hire someone to come and pamper you. You’d be surprised how much the stress of work will just melt away. They may be a little pricey, but they’re nothing compared to the price of a week’s stay in a hotel.
Instead of spending a ton of money to go on vacation to a place that you don’t even know if you’ll enjoy, why not save your money and create the perfect staycation? Not only do you get to plan everything exactly the way you want it, you get to do it all from the comfort of your own home.