Top 3 Tips To Make the Most of Your Staycation
Staycation used to be a word I cringed at. The word used to explain that even though you didn’t have work or school, you were too broke to go on a real vacation, so instead, you would stay home.
A staycation was the only type of vacation I had really had growing up. I had always dreamt of going to vacation, relaxing and having fun somewhere new, somewhere where you were unknown and all your dreams were possible…okay, maybe that’s a bit unrealistic. But I had such a romantic view of vacation, whereas a staycation? It was just the same old, same old, but instead, you didn’t have to go into work.
The truth is, I’m a bit of a workaholic. Even when it came to dead-end jobs I didn’t even like, I would still yearn to go back just to have something to do. Being at home wasn’t ever relaxing for me. I felt unproductive and lazy. But without the income to be able to go somewhere lavish, or actually even somewhere not so fantastic, I always felt like breaks were a letdown.
Which is why, when stumbling across the solution, I realized how amazing breaks could be. On a Saturday in early June, with the nice warm breezes and shiny sunny skies, I found myself in a backyard oasis. It wasn’t mine, but it wasn’t far from home either. Here in the same town I worked and lived, was this oasis that felt like I was a million miles away. I felt energized and relaxed and completely inspired.
That Saturday I had agreed to watch my boss’s dogs as she and her fiancé took a day trip. “Make yourself at home,” was her parting words. And with that my husband and I found ourselves in the relaxing beautiful space I didn’t think I could find in our town.
Just being out of our ordinary spaces felt good. Like a breath of fresh air. It wasn’t my house, so there was no cleaning or tidying to do. It wasn’t work, so there was no getting back to the grind. Instead, I had a whole beautiful, clean house to lounge around in. To make tea and snack in someone else’s kitchen, to cuddle up next to sweet puppies on someone else’s couch. I spent the first hour of the day just walking around the house, admiring all the trinkets and art collections in the space. I sat in the backyard, breathing in the fresh air as I dipped my feet into the small pond surrounded by flowers.
That’s when it occurred to me, this was a staycation. Even just for a day, I had been afforded great beauty in my surroundings, a change of pace in my daily life and finally, I started to feel relaxed.
Why had I never thought about staying at someone else’s house? Even just for a couple of hours, the difference in space had completely changed my attitude. I felt myself slow down and appreciate things I rarely do in my own space.
We all get used to our routines and surroundings, sometimes we forget to stop and just enjoy being. That was the beauty of being in a new place. You can’t help but slow yourself down and enjoy little things.
So that brings me to my point of this post; my tips on making the most of your staycation!
Tip #1: Stay at someone else’s place
Take yourself out of your comfort zone and into some else’s. Ask around to your family and friends to see if anyone would like for you to stay at their home. Whether they are there or not is your call. While it can be great to spend quality time with the people we love and it gives us that nostalgic feeling of sleepovers from childhood, don’t forget it can be just as nice to spend some time alone.
Tip #2: Eat well
During day to day life not all of us have the time to sit down and eat three well prepared, delicious, healthy meals each day. Heck, if I can squeeze in at least one meal where I can sit down at all it’s a miracle! But when you’re on vacation you have the time to nourish your mind and body.
Take time to finally go out to that new restaurant you’ve been meaning to try. Or, even better, finally grab some fresh food from the market and sit down and prepare yourself an Instagram worthy feast! I know you’ve got enough Pinterest recipes stored for it.
Sit down, either by yourself, or with your loved ones, and enjoy the food. Take the time to feel the luxury of the different tastes and textures. There’s something about sitting down and be mindful of what we’re eating that makes the experience so grand. I know it’s something that makes me feel incredibly grateful for where I’m at when I take the time to be mindful about my meal.
Tip #3: Take time to do nothing
How many of us feel like if we let ourselves just sit back that we’re wasting all the time we could use doing something else? I know I do. Every time I try to relax I am immediately hit with guilt for not doing something productive. But it’s during these same times that when I try to sit down and get some work done, I end up procrastinating for hours on end!
Relaxing and unwinding is a necessary part of life, and on vacation, that should be the goal! So turn off your notifications, put that phone on silent, and just let yourself be. Staycations should be no different. Just because you’re at home or near home doesn’t mean you have to be on call.
When was the last time you really let yourself just sit back and not do anything? When was the last time you just watched the clouds go by?
Staycation for the Win!
When you think about staycations as not just staying at home, you get to the point where you can see so many more possibilities. Enjoy your time off without the stress of traveling, booking hotels and figuring out a whole new place. It’s surprsingly great! And even better for your wallet.
So tell me, what’s your take on staycations? How do you make the most of your staycations?