There’s no place like home, right? So why do we always leave when we are trying to relax. It is harder to set boundaries with work, social commitments, and chores when we stay in our own environment. However, it is possible to experience a rejuvenating weekend or full-week at your house. With the downturn of the economy, a “staycation” has become a very affordable option for individuals who do not want to spend money on transportation and lodging. However, in order to make your staycation at home a success you will need to set some ground rules.
1. Eliminate Chores
Usually when we are at home, it feels like there is always a list of things that need to get done, and never enough time to finish them all. A staycation is not the time to catch up on chores or home improvement projects. With the money you are saving staying at home, you can pay someone to clean your house, and maybe even buy your groceries, during your final day at work.
2. Only Plan Social Outings on Your Terms
This is your time to pick who you want to spend time with – or without. It is common to travel with friends and family, and the people that you spend time with can make or break a vacation. The same is true for a staycation. This is your chance to only spend time with people who leave you feeling uplifted and rejuvenated. Take a break from any drama-filled relationships.
3. Pretend you are a Tourist
Many people who live in a tourist town have not experienced some of the main attractions that draw visitors to their region. Use this break to visit the museum or eat at the restaurant with the out-of-towners. Consider trying a tour of your city, you will most likely learn something new about your own backyard.
4. Do Not Fall into Your Normal Routine
Just because you are at home does not mean that you need to wake up to your alarm clock, eat a normal breakfast, and catch your evening cable program. Use this time to try a new recipe and a new activity. Your old routine will be waiting for you when this experience is over.
5. Make a To-Do & Don’t-Do List
It is easy to talk about your hopes for a staycation, but in order to make those relaxing ideas a reality you should write down a list of what to do and what NOT to do. This will help you to make the most of your time off-of work and at your house.