Try a Staycation: Take Time Off to Stay Home

Staycations were first discussed a few years ago when the economy grew shaky. Employees worried about keeping their jobs, entrepreneurs about keeping their businesses. Travel costs and gas prices increased. Although some people had time off coming, they couldn’t afford the behemoth vacation expenses. Many just stayed home.

Thus, staycations were invented.

At first glimpse, a staycation might not sound like much fun. However, when you consider all the activities you can squeeze in to your staycation at vastly decreased costs, you’ll see that staying home is a great way to spend your vacation, recharge your batteries, and even discover a new side to your personality.

Once you (and your family, if you have one) decide to take a staycation, make some plans in advance about how you wish to spend your time. Because you’ll be staying home, you have the opportunity to select several different activities over a few days or weeks. You may want to start with suggestions from the list below as you think about how to spend your staycation.

  1. Get to know your own community and what it offers. Ever wanted to check out some of the tourist attractions in your hometown? Make a list of the local attractions you want to see and then go to the ones that interest you most.
  2. Visit a local business you’ve been wanting to experience. For example, what about that new, expensive restaurant across town? You may have thought you wouldn’t ever go there, but it’s certainly less expensive than a traditional vacation!

Because you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on travel, hotels, and 3 meals a day for yourself or your whole family, you may have enough financial resources to try a new restaurant or another local business that intrigues you.

  1. Re-connect with family and friends who live locally. So often, life just seems to take over. Before you know it, it’s been months or even years since you’ve seen your friends or family members. Take advantage of the increase in your free time and reconnect.
  2. Consider having a family game day on your staycation. Pick at least one whole day to do nothing but play games and have fun. Include your kids and/or spouse if you have one, or friends if you don’t.

Allow each child in the group to select an activity he / she wants to do with you.

Have fun together as a group.

Cherish these special times you have with one another.


  1. Spend some quality time with your partner. A day at the beach, a dinner out or a walk in the local park can do wonders for your relationship. Enjoy each other without having to worry about travel and expenditures, or about how to pay off your credit cards when you get back.
  2. Have you wanted to see a certain movie at your local theater but haven’t had the time? If you’re a movie buff, catch a few new flicks. If you prefer performing arts, check out the local theater, opera, symphony, or a dance performance.
  3. Speaking of movies, you can also rent or check out a multi-movie series or several movies in a specific genre. Get the snacks and gather friends and family for your own homegrown movie night.
  4. Complete a home project. Although it’s not for everyone, doing some work around the house might bring you a newly updated room or perhaps a lovely outdoor living area.

If you decide to do a home project on your staycation, discuss it with your family in advance to hear their views about it.

It’s wise to limit the number of staycation days you spend working on your home project to allow for leisure and recreation, too.

  1. Plan and carry out a garage sale or indulge in your favorite hobby. The list of activities you can do during your staycation is endless. Use your creativity and imagination to come up with some of your own ideas.

Spending your vacation at home can be adventurous, educational, fun and full of leisure. Taking a staycation just might fit in with your work schedule and home budget this year. Try a staycation. You’ll love it!