Jump into Summer with a Staycation!
The last school bell rings, the flowers are in full bloom, your floppy summer hat is ready to protect you from the warm sun rays and your pedicured toes are ready for sandal weather. The summer vacation season is finally in session!
While you may be yearning to jet set across the country to kick off the season, the reality may be that an expensive, elaborate excursion may not be in the books for your family this year. If that’s the case, you don’t have to throw in the beach towel and give up on experiencing an enjoyable and relaxing summer vacation. In fact, instead of enduring the stress and hassle of traveling this summer, you can keep it simple, keep it affordable and keep it fun with a staycation from around the world. All you have to do is pick your dream vacation location and spend your designated staycation time absorbed in your dream country and culture from the comforts of your own home.
To plan a relaxing, enjoyable and fulfilling summer this year, consider the following tips and tricks for making your staycation one to remember.
Staycation Itineraries are Key to Enjoyable Experiences The biggest challenge of a staycation is making sure that you actually take time out of your normal lives to have a vacation. The only way to do this is to create a staycation itinerary just like you would when visiting a vacation destination. Whether your vacation style includes relaxing and reading books on the patio, visiting all of the sights, eating at all of the best restaurants or enjoying a destination’s natural wonders, map out your plan ahead of time to keep you on track to enjoying your staycation. An itinerary also reduces the tendency to schedule household chores or catch up on projects during your time off.
Immerse Yourself In Your Destination’s Culture After you select your dream vacation location, simulate the location’s culture during your summer staycation. You can be as elaborate as your imagination will allow, but at least drink beverages and eat food that represents your staycation’s country of choice. For instance, if you pick Italy, prepare Italian roasted coffee and Italian pastries for breakfast, followed by dinner at local Italian restaurants and gelato for dessert. Each night you can choose from a pizzeria or a pasta restaurant, but either way make sure to enjoy your experiences just like an Italian would!
Be a Tourist in Your Own City Every city has attractions for visitors to enjoy. But that doesn’t mean residents should miss out on all of the fun. Make your staycation one to remember by experiencing your city the way a tourist would. Grab your city’s local guidebook for ideas on local venues such as museums, parks, walking tours, fairs and festivals as well as local concerts and nightly entertainment options.
And, if your dream vacation location includes going to the beach but you live in a landlocked state or don’t have easy access to the ocean, make sure to bring your beach towel and sunscreen to the local waterpark, aquatics complex or lake to enjoy the summer pastime of splashing in the water while soaking up sunshine.
Pamper and Relax Every good vacation includes an element of rest and relaxation. Kristin Adams, owner of the Elements Castle Rock studio, suggests that you start your staycation by scheduling a massage and pampering session to put you into complete vacation mode. Depending on your staycation dream destination choice, you can tailor your massage and pampering session to the techniques and traditions of your country’s culture. Staycations also are an excellent time to nourish your mind and body with the luxury of sleep. Make it a priority to sleep in during your staycation and even sneak in a nap or two. There’s nothing like curling up with a good book in a lounge chair on a patio decorated with sunrays and snoozing the afternoon away.
Staycations are this year’s hot summer option for stress-free, family fun and affordable vacations. Get started planning your around-the-world staycation today to experience a refreshed, revived and rejuvenated summer experience from the comforts of your home city.