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How to Plan the Perfect Staycation

June 17, 2015

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Want to plan a staycation to save money and enjoy summer? Here are ways to plan the perfect staycation from @shoeaholicnomoreThe following is a guest post from fellow blogger Chonce. I hope you enjoy her tips while I’m out of town on business this week. Take it away Chonce!

Earlier this year my financial situation was all over the place. I was recovering from Christmas spending, dealing with car repair expenses, and drowning in debt. In an attempt to get back on track with everything I decided to opt out of going on vacation even though I had plenty of paid hours lined up at my job.

Travel expenses weren’t really in my budget this year. Even though I didn’t plan on traveling, I still wanted a break so I decided to do a staycation and it was the best decision I could have made.

A staycation is a great way to take time off and relax without having to deal with the stress and expenses related to travel. Instead of flying out to an exotic island or foreign country, you get to stay home and enjoy the attractions that are near you.

Don’t get me wrong, traveling is an amazing experience, but staycations can be equally enjoying if you plan everything carefully. You don’t have to be broke or in deep in debt to justify having a staycation either. There are plenty of reasons why you may not prefer or have room in your budget for a traditional vacation this year. Here are some simple steps to take in order to plan your dream staycation.

Brainstorm Ideas for Outings

A staycation is a great way to get a chance to explore the areas around you and the attractions and restaurants you haven’t had a chance to experience. No matter where you live, there has to be a state park, landmark, or other touristy attractions that you can check out.

Since I live in Illinois, my main goal was to explore Chicago more during my staycation. People come from all over the world and pay tons of money to explore the city of Chicago. I just needed to purchase a $7 Metra weekend pass to get down there and explore and there’s still so much that I still haven’t seen.

Playing tourist in a large nearby city is a great way to experience new and exciting places and the best part is getting to go home afterward instead of an expensive hotel.

Determine Your Budget

Once you determine what you’d like to do during your staycation, you’ll need to draw out a budget. Decide how long you want your staycation to be and how much money you’ll need for each activity. Then, start setting money aside a few weeks prior.

My budget was around $200 for my week-long staycation and that included a day trip to an indoor water resort, a visit to the zoo, a sushi date with my best friend from high school, a trip to the spa and a ton of other fun activities.

Search for Deals

When you travel, it’s only natural to search for deals and discounts to cut expenses and save money on your trip. You can do the same thing with a staycation. After you’ve decided on outings you can loosen your budget even more by searching for deals and discounts.

Sites like Groupon and Living Social are great places to start searching. You can also check to see if your city or town offers resident discounts for any nearby aquariums or museums.

Plan Ahead, Clear your Schedule

If you’re planning a staycation, the most important thing you’ll need to do is clear your schedule and work ahead so you won’t be distracted from resting and enjoying your time off. When you’re vacationing at home, it’s very easy to start cleaning and doing little side projects instead of relaxing.

Don’t defeat the purpose of your staycation by picking up more work to do. Get ahead at work, clean your house ahead of time, and don’t set any special appointments or give yourself any serious responsibilities during the week. That way, you’ll truly be able to make the most of your time off and return to your normal daily schedule rejuvenated and well rested.

Bring Luxury Home

You don’t have to be in a 4 star hotel and getting waited on hand and foot in order to engage in a little luxury during your time off. Plan on getting pampered and enjoy luxuries you normally wouldn’t partake in during your staycation.

Sleep in, eat breakfast in bed, drink margaritas on your porch while reading a book, drop your laundry off to the dry cleaners, or go visit that spa you’ve always wanted to try out for a massage. Indulge a little for once, and change-up your normal routine by doing something special for yourself not in Hawaii, but right at home.

Have you ever done a staycation before? What would your perfect staycation include?

Chonce is a personal finance blogger and writer who enjoys sharing debt stories and talking about saving, budgeting, conscious spending, and improving your financial house. In her spare time she enjoys working out, playing sports with her son, cooking, and thrifting. You can read more about her journey to financial stability on her blog, My Debt Epiphany and connect with her on Twitter.

Want to plan a staycation to save money and enjoy summer? Here are ways to plan the perfect staycation from @shoeaholicnomore

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8 responses to “How to Plan the Perfect Staycation

  1. I love the idea of bringing luxury home, Chonce! You’re so right, staycations are a great way to save some money as well as giving yourself a break. They’re also a great way to learn more about the area you live in. Although we live in a pretty isolated little country town, there is so much to do within a 2 hour radius of us. We will probably try to take a few day trips with the kids to go enjoy the children’s museum etc. this summer.

    1. It’s very rare for most people to be able to indulge while they’re at home which is why most people just consider taking vacations which is a great idea as well. Day trips are super fun and a great way to escape your surroundings and experience something new without spending large amounts of money.

  2. All really great ideas! The one idea I think is the most important is planning ahead. If you plan ahead and think out of the box you will be surprised of what you can come up with. Local activities can also be a lot of fun for cheap, so its always a great idea to see what’s going on. My daughter and I started riding our bikes together every Sunday after church and we absolutely loved it. Fun for free!

  3. That sounds really fun! I still need to get a bike and I’m hoping to get a good deal at the community garage sale later this month *fingers crossed* . Planning is everything for me because it allows my family to take advantage of some fun opportunities and get the most bang for my buck.

  4. I love staycations. But mostly I just like to sit at home… read a book… maybe walk to the beach. It’s so rare for me to have spare time at home, that I really enjoy just doing nothing.

    1. That’s nice that you have a beach in walking distance. When you don’t spend much time at home to begin with sometimes it can be a dream to just relax.

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