5 Ways to Make Your Staycation Amazing

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It’s somehow August already and I can’t even believe it! This year our family is taking a break from traveling, but lately we’ve found ourselves thinking about going on a vacation a lot (the daily grind can do that to ya!). By no means is traveling off limits with young children; in fact, I think it’s to be encouraged and I look forward to taking Charley on many trips in the future. I want to take him on adventures and show him the value of traveling. I want him to see how important it is to be exposed to how others live in other parts of the world and how getting outside of your comfort zone is a good thing. I want to show him how amazing and beautiful the world is and see the awe and wonder in his eyes as he sees the beauty of creation. With that said, this year we have made the decision to stay home. We needed a break! 😉

If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation where summer travel is suspended this year, may I suggest you consider a staycation! Staycations can be a wonderful and inexpensive way to create the mental space and emotional rejuvenation we crave when we typically say, “I need a vacation!!” Due to the fact that there is no traveling involved, there can be some challenges to truly unplugging and enjoying a successful staycation. Below I’ve outlined a few things to think about and consider when planning your next staycation.

  1. Establish Boundaries – It’s not a vacation if you’re doing laundry & dishes. If you’re staying at home, be clear about what activities are off limits during the staycation. Along with your spouse, hold each other accountable for what you can and can’t do. Perhaps limit or restrict computer time if you’re tempted to do some work from home!
  2. Keep it a Secret – May I suggest keeping this info on the D.L.? When you’re on vacation, you’re usually elsewhere and this establishes distance between you and others. You aren’t as accessible and others tend to understand that you can’t respond via email, text, or phone as often as when you are in town. They are less likely to reach out to you in the first place if they are aware that you’re on a trip. So, I suggest saying you’re going on vacation but not specifying where. Or, if you’re not comfortable with the possibility of having to dodge the question of “where are you going?!”, just don’t bring it up at all! Basically, just don’t make your staycation public knowledge. It’s for the best!
  3. Create an Itinerary – When you go on vacation, there is usually a mental list of some things you want to do or see. Whether you write it out or not, you have a general idea of how you want to spend your time while on vacation. For your staycation, I suggest writing out an itinerary. Without a change of scenery, sometimes we can get mentally stuck. We don’t view our city as we would if we were just visiting; therefore, we can overlook some fun activities our city has to offer. I love brunch, so I know that I would definitely place brunch on our itinerary! Consider the type of activities you want to do and start making a rough outline of your staycation.
  4. Consider Housing – Will you be staying at your house? A hotel? Renting a place off airbnb? There are so many options to consider when thinking of housing. If your budget allows, stay at another place within your city. This will help you stick to those boundaries you established earlier (like no laundry!) and will help with your mindset. Or consider staying only one night at another location if money is tight. Even if you can’t stay elsewhere, a staycation where you spend nights at your house can still be enjoyable and relaxing. Either way, you’re saving on typical travel costs you’d have if you were going to another city.
  5. Designate the Splurge – Vacations are synonymous with splurging! We splurge and get the extra cappuccino. We splurge and get that extra glass of wine with dinner. We splurge and buy that outrageously priced pair of shoes. We splurge on vacations because they’re special. For your staycation, decide what you want to splurge on. A nice dinner? A shopping spree? A night at a nice hotel? All three? 😉 Set an amount aside you can use as your “splurge” money and decide what to use it on. You’re going on a staycation, so you need to make it feel as special as possible!


I hope you find this helpful the next time you plan for a staycation! Let me know if you go on one and how it went!

xo, Emily


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  1. Sumer
    August 5, 2016 / 5:12 pm

    Great tips! We’ve never really done a staycation before, but I’d LOVE to do this sometime when the little ones are at grandma’s house 😉

  2. August 5, 2016 / 11:08 pm

    Staycations are the best! They save money and you get to experience your own city without kids, LOL

    • Emily
      August 11, 2016 / 3:42 pm

      Yes!! Haha

  3. August 6, 2016 / 3:48 am

    I agree with your tips. We live in vacation land and we do staycation’s often. Arizona is known for fabulous weather in the winter. But the in the summer months the resorts are so reasonable that you can’t not stay in one during the summer. We also do Staycation when we have visitors. So they can fully enjoy their vacation.

    • Emily
      August 11, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      That’s a great idea! I’m sure your visitors love that. And I think you make a great point….when you live somewhere that’s a popular destination for travel, it’s especially important to do some staycations! And it’s probably so much cheaper in the off season!! xx

  4. August 6, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    These are such great ideas! We decided to forgo major travel this summer, but as you mentioned, we are feeling that late summer restlessness. I love the idea of planning an itinerary to truly explore your city. We live in Austin, TX where there is so much to do, yet we often get wrapped up in the hustle of the daily grind. Thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait to plan our staycation!

    • Emily
      August 11, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      So true! It’s too easy to get caught up in the daily grind. I hope you enjoy your staycation!!! You have a great city to explore! xx

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