Staycation. Thoughts on vacationing from home.
Staycation: a period in which an individual or family stays and relaxes at home, possibly taking day trips to area attractions.
Staycation was added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary in 2009. The word is interchangeable with nearcation. You get the drift.
It’s summer time and vacations are on the mind. Also on your mind is what you can afford. Everyone experiences financial change and this year has been challenging. Expenses have gone up and salaries have remained the same.
There is a certain comfort in controling the pace of your vacation, e.g. departure and arrival times, transportation and supplies. By considering a staycation, the cost of hotels and food can be minimized. First take an inventory of your requirements for a day or overnight trip.
The number of kids and their ages.
Pets that must be included.
The distance that can comfortably be traveled in 2 to 2 ½ hours.
Lodging if necessary.
Let me reintroduce the old fashioned map. (A good learning opportunity for the kids.) There is nothing like a fresh new map to get excited about planning a trip. Using a compass and a map draw a 200 mile circle around your base. Expand the circle to the distance you are willing to travel in a day. Take a vote on the destination. Now we go back to the electronic world. Pull out the computer and the GPS to do the research on the destination.
Also, explore your community. A few trips to local museums and several day trips will fill the vacation with a lot of unstressful activities and allow enough money to splurge on a fancy restaurant for Mom and Dad. The idea provides time to take advantage of local venues. Visit the new theater or science museum that you’ve been reading about and check out the latest exhibition or free concert at the art museum.
Local hotels are a good source of entertainment. Many of them will offer weekend packages to fill rooms after the business travelers have checked out on Friday afternoon. Call and negoiate a price. If they are having a really slow weekend they may give you a deal.
After the photos are printed and the album completed, reflect on how smart you were to have a week’s entertainment at a very reasonable cost. Travel safely!