Forbes Magazine published an article about staycations which described what it is and 16 different activities to do on a staycation. I am reprinting it here so that you can get the general idea of what I talk about in my article How to do a Hocking Hills Staycation“.
Things To Do On A Staycation
-By Steve Odland
Since the recession began a few years ago, people have been cutting back on discretionary spending. One of the first cuts in a household budget has been the annual family vacation.
Instead of expensive airline tickets and hotel stays, people have been substituting cheaper alternatives: waiting for special travel deals online, driving to see relatives, having friends and relatives come to see them, etc.
But an increasingly popular and fun vacation is the stay-at-home-vacation, or the “staycation.” The beginning of summer (spring, fall, or winter) is coming and so planning must begin for 16 things to do on a staycation.
Please note: I have taken these general 16 Staycation ideas and applied them to “How to do a Hocking Hills Staycation
- Visit your local museum – Art, natural or American History, botanical gardens, zoos, sports, or whatever the interest. Every area of the country has local attractions, some world class, others, well, just fun. Every area has it architectural gems that are registered on the Historical Register of Historic places. Pretend your’re a tourist and go visit them.
- Go to a beach or a pool – Over half of all Americans live near the coast, 10% live near the Great Lakes, and a huge percentage more live near a lake or reservoir. No beach? Go to the pool. About 20% of homes have private swimming pools, as do most high schools and many communities.
- Get the bike out – There are thousands of mile of dedicated bike trails not to mention shared use trails. Go for a ride.
- Go to a movie – Yes, you can rent a movie on Netflix or borrow one from the library and have an evening movie night at home. But you can also go to one of the giant theatres and have a 3D experience. Don’t forget the popcorn.
- See a show – Of course major cities have theater, opera, dance, etc. But many smaller communities have either traveling versions or local playhouses that can be just as much fun.
- Go shopping – Make the trek to the regional mega mall and spend the day seeing what’s new. These complexes are like cities with food service, theaters, entertainment, etc.
- Take a nap – Hey, vacations are to escape from daily life and relax. Catch up on sleep in that hammock.
- Take a (little) cruise – Most lakes have some sort of dinner or sightseeing cruise that runs in the summer. Hop on.
- Work on that tennis game – Most resorts emphasize tennis. Why not at home? Most major parks and high schools allow access to the tennis courts if you don’t have access to a club.
- Take a hike – Walking is the best exercise. Find some park or scenic area and plan a hike. Pack a picnic lunch and water and go explore.
- Read a book – You don’t have to be sitting in a far away place to settle in with a good read. Go to a local coffee house and splurge on a cappuccino or other creation and spend a few hours lost in a good book.
- Take an exercise class – Try yoga, pilates, spinning, etc.
- See a ball game – The country is dotted with major and minor league baseball teams. Go, get some sun, have a hot dog, and relax.
- Host a potluck or barbecue – Have the extended family over or host a block party. Ask everyon to bring something and share.
- Play golf – Even if you’re not an avid golfer, this is the perfect time to try it. Go to the club or take a couple of lessons at the municipal course. Or, take the kids to miniature golf and joust with windmills.
- Spend time with the kids – People remember the good times spent with each other more than the places they’ve been. Get out a deck of cards or a board game. Spend time talking, laughing, and reminiscing. Life is short – spend time with family.
Staycation is a fancy term for spending your time off at home. In the days of cheap air travel and a booming economy this never would have been considered. Some people have spent their lives in one area and want to get away and explore new places.
But we are a country on the move. According to the U.S.Census Bureau, about 1 in 6 Americans move each year and the average American moves 11.7 time in their life. After each move, a new area becomes hot but do we ever take time to explore the area as we would if we were tourists?
Let’s admit it, we probably have spent more time exploring places far away from home than we have the sites of our own area or region. This is natural. People tend to dismiss local sites or always assume they’ll go there some day. So there are bound to be places around us we haven’t explored or activities we haven’t tried.
Imagine the Benefits of a Staycation
Save money! There are no airfares, hotel, or rental car costs. In its annual summer vacation survey, the American Automobile Association said the “average North American vacation will cost $244 per day for two people for lodging and meals. Add some kids and airfare, and a 10-day vacation could top $10,000.”
- There is no wasted travel day on the front and end of a vacation – two more days for fun!
- No travel means no physical drain. Let’s admit it, travel is exhausting.
- You don’t have to spend your vacation with strangers, either in flights or in hotels.
- If the weather is lousy, who cares? Adjust.
- Your vacation can’t be cancelled by an airline or other travel situation.
The trick to enjoying a staycation is to deviate from daily routines and truly make it a vacation. If you enjoy eating out on vacations, do the same on your staycation. Don’t do the laundry or clean the garage, or other household projects. Relax.
As odd as it sounds, bring discipline to the staycation by not allowing chores or drudgery to intercede and tale away the fun. Remind yourself that, while you are at home, you still are on vacation. If you do so, a staycation can be more relaxing, fun, and certainly less costly than a big travel extravaganza.