Managing the Vacation Situation: The Staycation

Summertime is coming soon! What are you doing this summer?

We hear (or overhear) lots of talk these days about what to do with our school-age kids during the summer – and lots of talk about summer vacations.

For some folks, a vacation getaway every year is an absolute must. The vacations are a family tradition. They wouldn’t miss it for the world. They look forward to relaxing, recharging and returning refreshed and ready to rock.

For others, a vacation every once in a while is plenty. While they may feel obliged to give their loved ones the getaway experience, it’s easy to resent the expense and the time away from work and other responsibilities. After all, no one else is going to tackle your to-do list while you’re gone, and you’ll just have more to do when you get back, so what’s the point?

Whatever your take on the vacation situation, it’s probably a subject that comes up for discussion at this time of year. ‘Tis the season, after all.

There are lots of ways to take a vacation, and sometimes you don’t even have to go away – you just have to step away.

These ideas are great if you only have a day or two to take your break – all you have to do is turn off your phone, your TV and your computer and focus on the people you’re with!

  1. Consider yourself a tourist. Are there local attractions you don’t visit simply because they’re local? Google the name of your town and then go be a tourist!
  2. Enjoy the great outdoors. Play grounds, spray grounds, parks, and lakes can all be a lot of fun. Pack a picnic and go play at the park – then eat dinner at a picnic table. Fun and relaxing!
  3. Make a movie. There are so many video contests out there; you can find one for your family to compete in. Or, just come up with something you can do for fun. This makes a great holiday gift for family and friends (saves money too!). Plus, all you need to do once the movie is made is copy the DVD. You could be the next You Tube star!
  4. Go camping. In the basement. In the attic. In mom’s room. On the living room floor. Offer unconventional sleeping locations for vacation only.

On the other hand, if you’re the type who likes to pack up and get away, stay tuned for next week’s blog entry, from our special guest blogger, Jose Rojas, of Natural Expeditions: The Costa Rica Tour Experts. You won’t want to miss it!

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