Play Local – Plan a Staycation

Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’.
Try a staycation

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

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Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation is a key piece of jargon these days. As you probably guessed, it’s a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation.' According to the Urban Dictionary a staycation is “a vacation, which involves staying where you are, or staying close to home, usually within a 100 mile radius.”

When you stage a small-scale local adventure you save money, support your local economy and eliminate the hassle and stress of long-distance travel. From hiking, kayaking or paddle-boarding at nearby parks to indulging in week long wellness experiences, a staycation — like any getaway — can be as active or leisurely as you desire. It just takes a little planning, an open-minded attitude and a sense of adventure.

Here are few tips on how to plan and enjoy a staycation of your own.

  • Save the Date –It's important to choose an actual beginning and an end to your staycation.  Just because you're staying at home, it's still a vacation and it's really important to get into that mindset.
  • Unplug – For your staycation to be a success, it’s essential to take time out from anything that prevents you from relaxing, having fun and letting go. So, whether it’s for a day, long weekend or a full week make the commitment to unplug from work and skirt the chores, emails and news for the duration of your staycation.
  • Be a Tourist – Spend time at all the local favorites. See them from the perspective of a visitor. Check out your local events calendars and visitor bureau web sites. See if your local museum has a new exhibit or if there is a new attraction check it out. In Seattle there is the new Ferris Wheel downtown and the King Tut exhibit to see.  Local festivals, free concerts and outdoor movies are great choices. Take lots of pictures and buy a keepsake. Why not? You’re on vacation.
  • Pamper Yourself - If you can’t afford the time or money it would cost to go on a traditional vacation, you can spend a fraction of the money at a day spa getting a heavenly massage that will leave your body relaxed and your mind clear. Look for yoga, meditation and wellness retreats going on in your area.
  • Be a Hotel Guest – You don't have to get off an airplane to stay at a hotel. It’s surprisingly relaxing and you can enjoy all the fun things that most of us don’t have in our own homes: room service, whirlpool tubs, pools and saunas, great restaurants and fun attractions in walking distance. With all the discount rates though Groupon, living social and others there is always a deal to be had.
  • Sleep on the Ground – You don’t have to travel far to find great camping spots.  There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting by the campfire and gazing at the stars. If your staycation is flexible, pick a few days mid week when the parks are quiet.
  • Try Backyard Camping - In a pinch try backyard camping. In the summer we often sleep out on our deck under the stars. Get the benefit of sleeping beneath the stars, but with none of the hassles of loading up the gear and trekking into the mountains.
  • Take Day Trips – Identify nearby state and local parks.  Pack a lunch and then spend the day hiking and exploring. Take a book. Lie on the ground, let your toes free in the grass and spend the day reading a fun-light book outside. Oh that sounds good!

Whether you choose one day or many, active or chill—try it and let me know what you discover.


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