Rest and relaxation once sought, sometimes becomes a nightmare if plans are subjected to change. But there is an answer to this dilemma. This summer, relax your mind and save some cash by enjoying your very own home or local surroundings with a “staycation.”
A staycation is simply a vacation at home. Activities can range from home parties to day trips within local city limits.
The idea is to incorporate me time or Family time without breaking the bank. For example, most people travel with the intention of enjoying delicious food and good company.
Instead, you could plan to make the best dishes with friends and Family at home. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your fun adventure.
Bed and breakfast
Living the good life comes with a high price. With job cut backs and current economic woes, most people are tightening their wallets. But there’s no need to go cheap when planning a bed and breakfast weekend.
Instead of spending money at someone else’s home, make good use of your own. The house is free and you don’t have to travel far. Start planning by enlisting the help of Family and friends. Prepare a grocery list, generate ideas and make it fun.
Give kids a little leeway down the cereal aisle so they can pick their favorite brand. For couples, sharpen up those culinary skills and impress your spouse with a dish that will have them asking for more.
Remember, the best way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach. Organize pantry items, breakfast meats and special dishes ahead of time.
Wake up in the morning to fresh-squeezed orange juice and don’t forget to grab the coffee. Let the aroma of java fill the house and gently wake you up to begin a day filled with fun.
If you have a big family, this is the time to pull out the good china. What’s the sense of buying dinnerware if you never use it? There’s no need for the four-star hotel treatment when you can provide your own tray of different breads with homemade honey butter.
Don’t be shy about eating, go ahead and add another thick pad of butter to those fluffy blueberry and buttermilk pancakes.
Diets are off limits this weekend. It’s not like you eat this way all the time, so indulge in some comfort food.
Remember this is a staycation; take this moment to reacquaint with your Family.
However, don’t end your day with breakfast. Warm the house with special soaps in the bathroom. Light candles to create that spa affect. Pull out the oversized comforters to dress up the bed and fluff the pillows. Make relaxation your theme for the b and b weekend.
Camping in the backyard not the outback
Some people enjoy the great outdoors while others dread it. Sleeping outside can be nice when you can do it in your own back yard. If you’re scared of bugs, don’t worry. Start treating your grass ahead of time and fire up the citronella oil candles for those pesky mosquitoes. For this staycation, all you need is:
• Bug spray (of course)
• Freshly cut backyard or patio slab
• Sleep gear — air mattress, sleeping bag or huge pillows
Start set-up early by putting up the tent. This is no one-man show, so all hands are needed. Have kids help prep food for the day.
Teach kids survivor skills by showing them how to do outdoor packing. Visit local outdoor stores to get advice on different hunting gear for children. Adults, remember supervision is a must when operating equipment.
For safety, take no short cuts and make sure there’s a first aid kit on hand. Also, have plenty of water bottles to keep children hydrated.
Remember roasting marshmallows over the open fire? Why go all out to gather wood when you have a grill? Have children assemble smores while adults place them on the grill. Just imagine, that gooey chocolate melting all over.
Turn on your patio light and invite a few
friends to share in the festivities. At the end of the night, click on a flashlight and tell some scary stories. Remember, this is all about having backyard fun with the kids. However, don’t limit yourself. Organize activities that revolve around the kids.
For example, hike or bike around the neighborhood. Explore your area and look for things to do in your community.
More fun ideas
Look no further than the nearest fishing hole for a good time. Save money by inviting friends who can provide food, beverages and fishing gear. No need to drive far because there’s plenty of water around these woods.
Relax in the sun with a game of volleyball, but don’t play too hard because you still have to eat. Fire up lakeside in a nice portable grill or man-made fire hole to enjoy your fresh catch of the day.
If you have enough food, call up more friends and make it a fish fry. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet people and laugh a little. Staycations are all about imagination.
Let’s face it, going to Paris sounds beautiful but just to look at the price is horrible. No worries in navigating and bringing different countries into your home via the Internet. Log on to sites that cater to your theme staycation.
Find websites that can help you plan your very own staycation at www.bgh.com/health-family/activities/seasonal/staycation for more information.