We're "staycationing" at home this Labor Day weekend. One of us has to work. The other two did so much traveling in the past few months that our own beds feel just perfect, thank you very much.
But staying home on a long weekend doesn't have to mean business as usual. I've been thinking today about how to make the most of being at home on a weekend when most people are vacationing. Here, in no particular order, are seven thoughts to make your time at home refreshing and relaxing:
Seriously, we talk about it all the time, but these days it's getting harder and harder to actually do it. If you're planning a staycation, go ahead and put the vacation responder on as you would if you were taking a trip. Try to limit your work time to the hours you'd typically spend if you were out of town.
2. Camp Out
We aren't doing this, because it's so hot at our home that it would be anything but refreshing. But I have friends who swear by going camping in their own back yards. Pitch the tent, pull out the sleeping bags, break out the s'mores, and yet enjoy the comfort of your own shower in the morning.
My son recently had a good friend visit our hometown and they spent a fun afternoon visiting our local zoo. It had been years since he'd been there and much had changed. What local attractions would you visit with a friend who came to see you? Why not check them out during your staycation? Be sure to check online and with your local paper for discount coupons and reduced fee days.
Here in Fresno, one top way to be refreshed is to beat the heat. Any good summer staycation in our town involves the movie theater, the bowling alley and the ice skating rink!
5. Game Night
Board games, charades or even poker sometimes feel like a luxury when our schedules are so busy. Hit your game cabinet, grab a deck of cards, and play for pennies. On a staycation, you may even have time for Monopoly!
6. Bike It or Hike It
Lots of us make time to explore on bikes or our feet when we go out of town. Discover great biking or hiking paths in your own community and plan to venture out as a part of your staycation.
7. Take Me Home, Country Roads
I love a good drive. Taking one in the beautiful foothills near our home in our 1974 VW Bus is my idea of "almost heaven". On your staycation, plan a nice car ride and leave the screens at home.
Your turn: When was your last staycation and what made it special?