Staycation – How to Have a Holiday at Home

March 23, 2015
Holiday At Home
Holiday At Home

Take a Staycation

The holidays are approaching or you just need a break away, however the budget is not looking healthy enough to take a vacation.  Why not take a Staycation and Holiday at Home?  Do we really know the city that we live in?  I’m sure most of us are guilty of always travelling away from our home town for our vacations. Why not use the opportunity to become a tourist and discover what is in your own backyard – you will be surprised.

Here are some tips to feel in the holiday mood without leaving your home town.

1. Clear the Diary

Commit to being on vacation and clear your diary.  You would do this if you were going away, so this is the first step to your Holiday at Home.

2. Research

If you were travelling away you would normally research your destination and make a list of the sights you want to see.  Research the internet, check out what is on in your city and visit the Tourist Information Centre. If your budget is tight, just wandering around your city can be interesting. Take a picnic in the park and take advantage of free offers.  Remember you are a tourist so think like one.

3. Prepare

Sometimes it is difficult to feel in the holiday mood if you stay at home.  There is always the temptation of jobs that need to be done around the house or you feel guilty taking a break.  Start thinking seriously that you are taking a holiday.  This means no housework or jobs but relaxation and fun.

4. Lose the Technology

Avoid using your P.C. and turn your mobile phone off – you are on holidays remember!  If you must be contactable, or are joined at the ear to your mobile phone, put your phone on silent and only check your emails and messages once a day.

5. Try Something New

Enjoy a lunch or dinner at a restaurant you have always wanted to try.  In my city of Brisbane we have City Cats and ferries which meander along the Brisbane river.  It is a lovely way to view the city especially on a beautiful sunny day.  Most cities, have hop-on, hop-off buses that take you to the places of interest the city has to offer.  Take a day trip to somewhere you haven’t been.  If you have flexibility with your budget why not take a day tour and really be a tourist.

6. Relax

Take time out and relax, after all this is a holiday.  Catch up on the books and movies you have missed or put aside in the ‘one day’ pile, take a bubble bath, have a facial, indulge in your hobbies.  Remember NO WORK!

7. Capture the Memories

Don’t forget your camera!  Take photographs of your ‘holiday’ as you would if you were away.  It will be good to look back at your memories of your ‘holiday at home’ and realize that you can take a break and enjoy it even if you don’t leave home.

What City do you live in?  Share some of the sights with us in the comments below.

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  • Reply Kathleen March 27, 2015 at 16:10

    Thanks Sue, what a good post with such neat ideas to get in the home holiday mood.
    I am on the Sunshine Coast so lots of opportunity to feel relaxed here.

    • Reply sue March 27, 2015 at 16:15

      Oh lucky you Kathleen – enjoy and thanks for your comments!

  • Reply Patty H March 27, 2015 at 20:17

    What a fun idea. Why cant families have a staycation and have fun? I think this is a great way to get reconnected with your family.

    • Reply sue March 28, 2015 at 08:47

      Thanks Patty. It seems so easy but we don’t really think to do it. Let me know if you try it and what you did.

  • Reply Michelle April 15, 2015 at 10:42

    These are my favorite vacations. Just to stay at home and enjoy doing “nothing.” I still have so many places in my city I haven’t even seen or experienced for all the years I’ve lived here.

    • Reply sue April 15, 2015 at 11:04

      Hi Michelle, yes it is something we don’t really think about doing but it is such a good way to learn about your own city. Thanks for the comment and have a lovely day.

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt June 10, 2015 at 11:11

    This is a great list for planning a staycation. I would need the list too, because I would be tempted to do too much around the house.
    One thing we do each weekend in the spring and summer (May-August) is stay at our trailer parked at the windsurf campground. It’s only 60 miles away so it seems like we’re away but still close to home!

    • Reply sue June 10, 2015 at 14:39

      Oh that sounds lovely Terri! We have an apartment at the Gold Coast that we try to escape to when we can. I love being near the ocean it is o relaxing. Enjoy your weekends away!

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