After the Brexit vote and the plunge in the pound back in
June, plenty of us decided to put our summer getaway plans on ice, at least for
the present. But that’s not to say we can’t enjoy a proper family holiday at
home: a ‘staycation’.
A staycation done well means quality time with the family, plus
using the money you would have spent on travel and accommodation to have fun
and support the local economy. No sliding back into normal routines and
certainly no work!
First, set some
You might be staying at home, yet a really successful
staycation involves acting as you would if you were actually away on holiday. A
few ground rules will help the family get and stay on board with this…
>> Set definite
start and end dates for the staycation during which time you let friends,
family and colleagues know that you’ll be completely unavailable. Don’t forget
to set your email Out Of Office assistant! You may want to have a sensible
friend play the role of contact, so that if something crops up that really
cannot wait then you can be alerted, yet all other non-emergency messages can
be cut off at the pass.
>> Family time
only during your staycation. If you went away on holiday, you’d spend your
time exploring, eating and enjoying together as a family, so plan to do the
same at home. No stragglers or outside plans!
>> Unplug from
the phones, computers and TV and remove yourselves from the constant
barrage of information. Set your phones to go straight to voicemail. Put away
your computers and tablets. Hide the TV remote.
>> Get the
chores done before your staycation, then put away your calendars, diaries
and to-do lists so you can relax completely without the compulsion to ‘get
things done’. This is not the time to plan a bathroom makeover or garage clean
out! You want fresh sheets on the bed, snacks galore, all the takeaway menus
from the local area (or prepare freezer meals in advance) and lots of relaxing
treatments ready in the bathroom.
>> No worrying,
complaining or fighting – you’re on holiday!
Second, plan some special
From camping out in the back garden to becoming a tourist in
your local area, this is the time to indulge your inner child, as well as your
actual children! Be selective and don’t over-book yourselves so the staycation
turns into another stressful project. Leave lots of time for reading, playing
games and simply messing around.
If you’re usually frugal, don’t be afraid to spend a little
on some memorable experiences for the family – after all, you’re on holiday
(and you’ve saved a bundle on travel and accommodation costs!) Set some money
aside for food, family days out and a few splurges…
>> Eat out as a
family – those interesting looking cafés and restaurants in town? Now’s the
time to book for brunch, lunch or dinner.
>> Book a
massage, a facial or a mani/pedi – you work hard and you deserve some
self-care on your holiday. Why not invite a mobile beautician to come to your
house to give treatments to the whole family?
>> Go on some
adventures – try something new as a family… Geocaching, mountain biking
trails, behind-the-scenes factory tours, visiting an observatory or
planetarium, going on a steam railway, day festivals, hiking in a national
park, a night at the theatre or a sports event, canoeing or paddleboarding,
paint your own pottery or even visit the local tourist trap!
>> Have fun at
home – make your own entertainment… Build a tree house together, plan a
family film festival where everyone picks a film, make
your own recycled kites, organise a board game marathon, have a water fight
in the garden with some DIY
garden toys, or plan some green
challenges for the kids!
Above all, don’t forget to wind down, stay in the moment and
create some cherished memories. Here’s wishing you the very best staycation
possible, from all of us here at Greenredeem.
Have you ever taken a staycation? Or are you planning one? Share
your thoughts and tips with us here or via Twitterand Facebook!
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