Staycation: Reap the Benefits of Vacation without Ever Leaving Home {Part 1}

staycationSo you have been working your tail off for months, you or your spouses’ vacation time is still 4 months away, and you are about to lose it.  I totally get it.  The answer to your problem is closer than you might think — as close as your backyard in fact!   What you need, my friend, is a STAYCATION!

A stay-what?

A “staycation” is a vacation without leaving your home or city.  If this doesn’t sound like a vacation to you?  It’s probably because you’re not thinking about it right.

Let me help you with that.  First let’s start with the pros and cons.

Here are a few things that I love about a good ol’ Stay-cation:

  • They are a great alternative if you need to “get away” but don’t have much vacation time.
  • You are still taking time out to connect with your family in an intentional way.
  • No wasted time packing and waiting in airports- or in the car.
  • It’s cheaper because you’re sleeping in your own bed and don’t have to pay for a ton of gas or an airline ticket.
  • You are supporting local businesses.
  • You get to play tourist for a day — minus the getting lost part!  It gives you a chance to do the things in your city you have always wanted to do but just couldn’t find the time for.
  • You still get a break from work (even if it is just a day or two extra tacked on to a weekend) which will energize you and hold you over until your next vacation.

The downside is that if you don’t plan it right you will set yourself up for dissapointment because:

  • You might be tempted to work a bit since you didn’t actually leave town.
  • You will still be spending extra money.
  • You might lose the staycation vibe when you see a pile of laundry or think about the other jobs you need to take care of.

A staycation can be as fun and relaxing as any vacation, or just as hectic as any other day.  How well you plan for it will make or break your experience.  In {Part 2} of our Staycation Series I will give you all the tips you need to help you safeguard your family time and avoid the common pitfalls people face when they plan a staycation of their own!

On a personal note, after living out of our suitcases for 10 months we recently bought an moved into our new home!!!  We are so happy to put down roots again!  Instead of going away during our time off, this year, we are currently planning a staycation of our own here in the Seattle area.  I’ll let you know how it goes!

How about you — have you ever had a staycation?  What was your experience?  Also, if you are finding our content useful, and want to follow what is going on here at HomeSweetRoad.com don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and/or add us to your G+ circles!

Emily Eck Home Sweet Road

About Emily Oak

I am a Mother, a Lover, a Traveler, Entrepreneur and Blogger. I crave adventure, appreciate good leather, find old weathered wood beautiful, prefer french pressed coffee, and feel alive running in the rain (albeit at a snails pace)! I believe in living passionately, loving extravagantly, taking risks, forgiving often, and living for the audience of One. I am an introvert but you wouldn’t know that if you met me. I LOVE people.