As some of you already know, our surf trip to Panama didn’t exactly turn out as planned. Instead of floating in warm, salty water off the coast of Central America, we hopped on an early flight home and ended up having the perfect staycation in San Diego.
We have tried to take staycations in the past, only to find ourselves working away on the computer or obsessing over items on our “to do” lists. This time we did it right. We treated our staycation exactly the way we would have treated any other vacation.
Here are a few tips on how to take the perfect staycation:
I’m not saying you have to eat out for every meal if you don’t want to, but cooking leads to clean up and dishes, all of which you shouldn’t be doing on vacation.
Don’t Do Chores
I know it’s tempting to start doing all the housework or chores that you don’t have time for during your regular schedule, but resist the urge and go do something fun instead.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Whether you go for a walk, hike, surf or whatever it is you like to do outside, take this time to breathe in fresh air and commune with nature. We don’t do this enough in our busy schedules, so Scott and I make sure we soak up all the vitamin D we can on our time off.
Treat it Like Any Other Vacation
Just because you are not in a hotel or a new city doesn’t mean you can’t do all the same things you would normally do on vacation.
Explore New Places
If you are like us, there are places in your area that you have always said, “I’d like to do that,” but never get around to it. Go to a new restaurant, experience a night picnic in nature or on the beach, or go horseback riding. Heck, you can even take a helicopter tour if they offer it in your area! It might give you a whole new appreciation for the place you live.
Hang Out with Friends
We don’t get to surf with our friends who work on the weekends, so we took this time to enjoy somewhat uncrowded surf sessions midweek with those people and spent time hanging out in the evenings.
Take Time Away From The Computer (This one is hard for us.)
I think it’s fair to say that most of us spend way too much time in front of a glowing screen. Don’t worry, your computer will still be there when you get back from your staycation!
Don’t Overbook Yourself
Practice the art of slow travel on your staycation. It might be tempting to make lots of plans with friends or book too many tours. Take it slow. Give yourself time to just relax and recharge your batteries.
Don’t Be Afraid to Splurge
If you are anything like us, we tend to feel guilty when we splurge at home. Our mentality is to save so that we can splurge while we are traveling to some exotic destination.
During our recent staycation, we already had a set amount of money that we had planned to spend in Panama, so it seemed only natural to spend it on going out to eat when we got home.
My only caution is to know when to stop. It’s tempting to keep spending money like you are on vacation even after your staycation is over.
Have you ever taken a staycation? If so, what are your tips?