Walk and transform your staycation into a real vacation in as little as an afternoon. When you are on a staycation you often miss out on the most important element of going on vacation in the first place. You totally skip the part about doing something new and out of your the ordinary. The result is just an ordinary day. For many the need to save a few bucks forces them to go staycationing, which only result in nothing more than two weeks spent cleaning the dust balls from behind the couch and the crud from under the fridge. It’s not that getting those chores done in and of themselves is a bad thing, but doing them hardly makes for either an inspiring vacation or life changing experiences. The things you want from a walking vacation are wonderful memories, relaxation of body and mind, inspiration, broadening of your world perspective, and new life experiences…a few new friends would not hurt either. To stay home without a plan to actually vacation is pretty much not vacationing. So let’s fix this and formulate a plan to have a real vacation for our staycation.
Get Your Plans On Paper
Where to start? Start just where you would if your walking vacation required travel. You need to know what you can do and then you need to decide which opportunities you want to take advantage of. So, get on line or out the door and start looking at your home town as if you had never been there before. Go ahead and grab brochures for restaurants, hotels, cities, etc. Don’t forget to pick up a few local events papers and calendars. Google for web sites, businesses, local maps, events, bus schedules, parks, beaches, rivers (boating), places to get some sun, places to see a show, places to go for a walk (trails), places to shop, places to meet people, places see a sun set or sun rise, places for breakfast, brunch, lunch, tea, dinner, late supper.
You want to plan your walking staycation in every way just like you would if you needed to travel to your vacation, right down to packing a suitcase and living out of it. Why? Simple. What you pack is what you plan to do. No fudging on things. If it’s in the suitcase (your bathing suit, horseback riding lessons, etc.), then you have to do it and by correlation what’s not in it, you don’t touch (clean under the fridge, clear the garage, normal laundry…this and dishes might be the only real exceptions, etc.)
Eliminate the Ordinary By Panning the Extraordinary
Plan your itinerary, right down to making some dinner reservations or booking/penning in a time for a ferry ride. You want to avoid those places you go all the time.
For instance most people are very regular in their habits, so the trick to a successful walking staycation is to do what you don’t normally do. Say on a normal day you go to a great coffee shop every morning on the way to work. At lunch you hit the same sandwich place. On the way home it’s the gym, kids at school, grocery store to pick up what you forgot in the weekly shopping or ran out of early because your teens have decided its open season on the continents of the fridge and then home to chores till dinner. Real vacations demand you change things. Let’s start with that morning coffee. While on staycation, walk down to that begle shop and read a local paper from the newsstand you never go to. At both places talk to the people behind the counter, just like you would if you were in France. Find out about the local area from them. It may surprise you that you don’t really know everything about your home. You will undoubtedly find new bands, new plays, new events, and new art shows/galleries that have opened. While there get a new type of bagel that you have never had or eat it with something you have never tried before. Remember, you are on vacation. Old routines are on hold for the duration.
Same Coffee Different Cup
The point is that what you do must be new and different from what you normally do. Do you drink Americanos? Have a Duppo espresso instead. If you either sit at a table indside or never have time to stay? Now’s your chance to lounge about, take a window seat or enjoy a sidewalk table outside. Watch the people. Read your paper. Eat …Slowly.
Get Ideas From Others
Stuck for ideas still? Well, then get out there and ask for ideas from family, friends, and even strangers. Of course you can go on line as well. There you can find a wide array of sites and video blogs with tips and ideas.
Blog, Blog, Blog…
Blogs can save you an incredible amount of guesswork and time. They range from the frugal based like Thrifty Little Mom and Living Well Spending Less to the advice how to do that like “How do I plan a fun ‘stay-cation’?”, “10 Tips for a Successful Staycaton” and “Getting the Most of a Vacation at Home”.
Then There’s Always Youtube…
On line sources like Youtube provide a great resource of people, places and ideas for your own staycation, even if they don’t live where you live. You could even go so far as the Glass family even, who went so far as to announce their plans on Youtube and tell people to tell them what to do with their staycation. A bold move, but when you want ideas it will provide.
GLASS POSSE INVITEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWyvyFs5d-M
What Happens on Staycation …
You don’t have to hit the perfect walking vacation. It can even have many of the daily chores. What you need more than anything else though is to get the frame of mind. The type of frame of mind that turns the ordinary into an adventure or a funny story. Witness a nice sample of staycation bliss…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y7B1DbJ1oo
There are thousands of ideas out there. Some great v-blogs and even a few TV shows that can really get the idea details stirring around n your head. These ideas can help your staycation remain a cheaper alternative to a full travel based vacation. At the same time it will still give you the relaxation and memories that is the essential reason you want to go on vacation in the first place.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cM8L9Gx7fs So many ideas out there. Just take your time and plan your staycation as if it is a walking vacation and the rest will fall into place.