I remember enjoying staycations as a child. They offered freedom to do the things I wanted (I didn’t just stay home and clean my room – I would go out and play with friends, mess around in the kitchen with simple projects, explore the neighborhood). Staycations even offered the opportunity to experience boredom (of course I realize now that me complaining about boredom was probably way worse for my mom than me).
As an adult, I lost my love for staycations. In my 20s, staycations sounded awful – where was the thrill? The adventure? I ended up just doing projects and chores around the house – how is that fun?!
I recently had the opportunity to have a short staycation with my family over a long weekend. I changed my mindset and decided to treat it like a real vacation meaning no chores, no work, just family time and exploring.
We did all the things – rode bikes, went to a book store we love but never make it to, and had a lingering breakfast in the morning. We also got to spend time at the beach – and because we were close to home, we met friends and spent quality time with them for almost a full day – what a treat!
Staycations can be a special break to the norm – it’s all about our mindset and what we make of it (and committing to treating it like a vacation rather than a chance to catch up on chores).
Recapture your inner child and embrace the time at home. Listen to this week’s podcast to hear more about what we love to do on our staycations.