What does a staycation mean? A staycation is a relatively new addition to the lexicon and it quite literally means having a holiday at home, instead of going away.
We’d all like to fly off to a tropical island paradise, but for those of us for which this is not an option, here are five great staycation tips to make sure you unplug, recharge, and relax at home on your own ultimate staycation.
All great adventures start out with a solid budget. You can choose to plan your staycation first and then build a staycation budget around that, but it’s much easier to make a note of what you can afford to pay and then build your adventure around that.
Remember that the staycation is about finding the balance between saving money and having fun. You’re saving money on not paying for hotels or flights, so you can afford to drive a little bit further or treat yourself to a nice meal at a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try.
Once you know how much you can afford to pay, take a good look at what’s around you. Look for national parks, museums, galleries, or areas of natural beauty. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can do; as long as it’s within your local area. It’s a chance to get creative.
Once you’ve found your top picks then start building your perfect staycation. Remember to factor in travel time and entrance costs to any places you want to see.
3. Check for discounts
This can also help you at the planning stage. Taking time to check the local voucher sites or attraction websites for discounts can really help you make staycation savings. For example, if there is a national park you want to visit that has a half price entry fee on a Monday, you’ll know to plan your visit for Monday in order to take advantage of the offer.
Also remember to book ahead. Many places offer advanced booking discounts, so being organised can really save you money here.
4. Get Organised!
The point of a staycation is that you feel like you’ve been on holiday, even if you haven’t actually left home. In order to do this you need to get organised. First of all, make sure you disconnect totally from work. Turn off emails and block out your calendar as “out of office”. Running back and forth to the office a few times a week isn’t going to help those staycation holiday vibes.
Secondly, get all your domestic chores done and out of the way. Make sure you’ve done your food shopping or laundry before your staycation starts. The last thing you want to do on holiday is housework. The more organised you are at the start, the more relaxed your staycation will be.
The whole point of taking a staycation is to save money. With this in mind, you don’t want your whole week off to be about counting the pennies, or you’ll never relax. In order to combat this, build yourself a bespoke staycation savings plan. It doesn’t have to be intrusive, and it shouldn’t be at the forefront of your mind, which is why automating your savings is the best way forward here.
Design a custom savings Step that will save you money, depending on the activities you have chosen for your staycation. This can be anything from activating the Fitness Step if you’re planning on doing some hiking; to activating a percentage save on the Food & Drink category if you have a gourmet tour planned.
Once it’s done, you can sit back and relax.