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What is a staycation?

Vacationing at Home: Keeping It Real

If your idea of a good vacation is breakfast in bed, go ahead and be a queen for a day -- at home.
If your idea of a good vacation is breakfast in bed, go ahead and be a queen for a day -- at home.
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­It's pretty easy to ruin a staycation with certain bad behaviors that turn downtime into plain old working from home. You may do a great job of ruining your weekends with these behaviors. Do you check your work e-mail on Sunday? Spend all day Saturday doing laundry, grocery shopping and cleaning out the garage?

Well, you can kill a staycation using the same time-honored approach. But if you obey a few simple truths, you'll have a much better chance of actually enjoying a vacation at home (otherwise, there's really no point -- just go to work).


Work Is Not Vacation

There's working from home, and then there's staycationing. Pretend you're halfway around the world -- don't check your work e-mail, don't plan to get in on a conference call because you can, and by all means, do not stop by the office "to pick something up real quick."

Chores Are Not Vacation

Do everything you would do before leaving on a trip. Get your important chores done, because you can't do them while you're vacationing. Pay your bills, make your phone calls, and let people know you're going to be "away" so you don't find yourself sucked into the daily grind of your personal life. Do not plan to finally pull those weeds, repair the leaky faucet or clean out the attic.

Vacations Require Planning

Don't get lazy about a staycation. Just like you would if you were going away, plan some activities, do some research about your city to find out what there is that you haven't seen or done, and set a budget. Even though you'll be spending less than you would if you got out of town, make sure you spend more than you would during your regular daily grind. You're on vacation. Treat yourself.

The bottom line here is, don't get stingy, either with money or indulgence, just because you're home. If you'd eat out during a getaway, eat out during your staycation. If you'd do a bunch of fun, different things 500 miles (804 kilometers) from home, do a bunch of fun, different things 5 or 10 or 20 miles from home. There's definitely something to be said for experiencing the world, but until you can afford a trip to see the Great Pyramids, experience some good times at home. Your friends, family, co-workers, planet and mental health will thank you for it.

For more information on staycations, vacations and related topics, look over the links below.

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  • Alban, Debra. "Staycations: Alternative to pricey, stressful travel." June 12, 2008.
  • Brown, Jeff. "Avoiding high gas prices with a 'staycation.'" May 29, 2008.
  • Leamy, Elizabeth. "Tips for Planning a Great 'Staycation.'" May 23, 2008.
  • Yates, Jennifer C. "Get away on vacation -- at home." March 12, 2008.