Monday, April 6, 2009

Staycations: A How-to


It's Staycation Week here at The Bend in the Road!  I recently presented a class at church workshop offering ideas for staycations for families. I also want to share the information I gathered with you, dear readers. ☺ So, all this week, I'll share handouts from my class and different staycation ideas.

So, what the heck is a staycation?

Everybody needs a vacation. We all need a break. But what do you do when gas prices are insane, or you've been laid off/you're on a spartan budget, or vacation days are few and far between? You stay home and vacation! Otherwise known as "stay-cation". It sounds kinda crazy, but with a little planning and preparation, you can reap all the benefits of a traditional vacation, but staying close to home, budget intact.

How do I take a staycation?

I bet you're asking how to make this work. Really. C'mon. What about the phone, email, computer/blogs, laundry and chores? They're all just right there! Ask yourself this: do you do those things on vacation?  Uh, NO!  :-) The success of a staycation depends on how you approach it; you gotta have the right attitude.

So, make your list of what needs to get done before you "leave". Clean the house, pay bills, do the laundry.  Prepare the automatic "out of the office" reply on your email. Notify family and friends you are on "vacation" and when you'll be back...

(to be continued)

Read to find out more ideas on how to set up a staycation.  Here's the first handout, giving you a "how-to" on staycationing.  Enjoy.

Okay, I researched a couple ways of making these documents available to you. The best option was You're free to look at and read the document, but if you want to download it, you will need to create an account with them. (Again, free.) Don't let that deter you. If you just check the box saying you don't want them to contact you with updates, blah, blah, blah -- it's painless. Then you can download these documents. Let me know if you have any issues. Click on the blue link ("staycations: a how-to") below to view the full document and/or download.


Staycations: A How-to


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Isabelle said...

You caught my curiosity with this. I might check it out this week !!

Elena said...

Great, great! Can' wait to see more this week!

Julie said...

That is so fun! I need to try this!