Entry #446, March 13, 2011
March and April usually mean Spring Break for the kids at some point of the spring and that means vacation thoughts for mom and dad. Whether you are trying to save money, or are just discouraged over the rising cost of gas and airline costs, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy all of the amenities of a vacation, instead try a ‘Staycation’.
“It’s a new word in the travel dictionary: a “staycation” is a vacation that happens with all the benefits of fun and relaxation, but without traveling anywhere.
Staycations become especially appealing when the price of fuel rises, cranking up costs for air travel and road trips; when the economy falters; and when air travel gets so stressful during peak seasons that “just staying home” looks pretty good.” – About.com
Here are some ideas for staycations that can get you and your kids excited for Spring Break without the concern of packing suitcases like your traveling around the world, for only one week!
1.) Do day trips:
Take them to the best attractions in your area: the ones visitors enjoy, but locals somehow never find time to visit. Take the money you’re saving on airfares or gas and spend it on fun outings: like a Duck Tour, or a Ghost Walk, if you live in a city; or an outdoor adventure if you’re not near a town. Virtually everywhere, these days, has some kind of fun activity being marketed to tourists: when you’re on staycation, that tourist is you.
For more budget-minded staycation outings: try local parks, local aquatic center (- lots have wave pools and slides).
2.) Stay in:
When you’re at home, spend time just relaxing and enjoying family time. Splurge on a house-cleaning service: you’re on stayvacation, right? And unless it’s your pleasure to get creative in the kitchen, eat out or order in.
The word “vacation”, by the way, comes from the Latin word “vacare”, meaning “to be free, empty, to be at leisure”.
3.) The challenge of a staycation, though:
How to be at leisure in your own home, and turn off all that busyness of daily life? Not easy, especially for those who work at home. Meanwhile, quality time with the kids may elude you during a home-sweet-home staycation, as kids get busy with friends or their usual pastimes.
Your at-home staycation may work better if you proclaim certain days to be sacrosanct “staycation dates”, resist attending regular scheduled activities, and nix any temptation to decide it’s a great day to clean out the basement with everyone’s help.
Or try this solution …
4.) Staycation, Type 2: Local Lodgings
With this “staycation”, you still stay local, but you do make a move away from home. Stay at a local family-friendly hotel, maybe one with a cool kids’ program: upscale brands such as Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton have some creative programs at their kids clubs. And of course many more budget-minded choices are available too.
Once you’ve got your home-away-from-home, do sightseeing, take outings; or just chill out.
5.) Staycation: The Bottom Line :
Ultimately, “vacation” is more about a state of mind than about where you are. If you can relax, leave work behind, do fun stuff with your kids, then that’s a staycation, even in your own house.
Meanwhile, many people travel far, far away on holidays, and yet don’t enjoy a good mental break or getaway because they stay wired to their busy lives — or even to their workplace — via cellphones and Blackberries.
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