3 Staycation Ideas the Whole Family Will Enjoy

3 Staycation Ideas the Whole Family Will Enjoy – Having a Staycation rather than a Vacation is a very good idea this year.

Here I’ll share 3 unique and FUN ideas that will make you glad you stayed home! And make sure you take lots of pictures of the things you do and see… just as if you were vacationing out of town… and then make a Staycation Scrapbook!

Be a tourist in your own town

You can enjoy all the fun and excitement your city has to offer using your ‘home’ as if it were your hotel in a different city. Contact your local Visitors Bureau and ask for brochures of featured attractions… and watch the local paper for listings of upcoming events. And don’t forget to take pictures for your scrapbook!

Spend the Afternoon at an All-Inclusive Family Fun Center

These facilities offer a large variety of activities for all ages – bowling, miniature golf, pinball machines, and arcade games – and everything is included in the General Admission fee. Although the fee may seem high, consider all the ways (and hours!) you’ll be spending there and you’ll realize what a bargain it actually is. Remember to bring the camera with film specifically for indoor pictures – or an extra disc for those with digital cameras.

Make It a Week Of Special Events

If funds are very limited and you can’t afford to be a ‘tourist’ then make sure you alter your routines so you feel like you’re on vacation. Here’s a couple of activities that would be fun to do… and great to photograph for your scrap book!

Make it Crazy Dinner Day – prepare and eat breakfast items for your evening meal
One day is Family Day – everyone takes a walk together, plays in the park, visits the botanical gardens… anything that is free and the family can do together
For one meal, it’s Inside Outside Nidner (that’s “dinner” inside-out!) Clothes must be worn inside out, or you wear outdoors clothes (coats + mittens + boots)

Now you have 3 great Staycation ideas. And making your scrapbook of this year’s Staycation will be a great family activity too. It doesn’t have a be a big book, even a Mini Scrapbook with 5 or 6 pages would be fun. If fact, because they’re small, each family member can make their own

If you plan correctly, your Staycation could be even more fun than last year’s Vacation and it certainly will be more economical. And who knows… it could become a new family tradition. I hope you’re inspired to think up your own great ideas for a Staycation the whole family will enjoy!

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If you need suggestions on how to make a Mini Scrapbook for your Staycation pictures, I have a FREE Tutorial for you… just click this link Mini Scrapbook Sample and Tutorial.

As a Professional Paper Craft Instructor, I teach people how to create scrapbooks, greeting cards and other gift projects. I share these ideas plus project tutorials on my website. I also sell the products you’ll use in these activities as I am an Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

You can find all my project ideas and the materials to create them on my website at the Lazy Day Stamper blog [http://lazydaystamper.com/].

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Affordable Vacation – Make a Staycation Your Next Vacation

Affordable Vacation – Make a Staycation Your Next Vacation- Everyone seems to be talking about staycations these days. It is one of the many buzz words in this uncertain economy.

But what is a staycation? A staycation is a vacation or getaway in the area that you live. The idea is, since you are taking advantage of resources in “your own backyard,” you save on airfare, travel and even lodging.

Great staycation deals may be found all around you. When planning your staycation, first decide if you want a “city getaway” or a more laid back country or resort feel to your staycation. People who live near major metropolitan cities are fortunate to have both as viable options while still being able to maintain their staycation budget. One can often take a 1-2 hour drive outside a major city and take advantage of all sorts of deals. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to get to the beach! How’s that for a staycation?

Or limit your drive and take advantage of attractions in your city or neighborhood. I can’t tell you the number of people that I have met that live in or near a major city and have never visited the city’s attractions. Live near DC… take advantage of the monuments, museums and many attractions. After all, millions of other people do every day. Live near the hustle and bustle of “Sin City Vegas”… getaway and visit the Hoover Dam. Live near the ATL (Atlanta)…try visiting the Georgia Aquarium, go to an Atlanta Braves game or visit the CNN center.

Remember, you live there so have home court advantage. You probably have your own car, and are somewhat familiar with the city and culture. Since you are local, you may also get great deals on hotel and attractions. Not to mention, you can avoid the security hassles at the airport and use some of the money you saved on luxurious extras like massages and spa services. So what are you waiting for? Your next vacation is probably only 30 minutes away.

Lisa Leslie-Williams considers herself to be a true learner of life. Although much of her learning came from the academic arena, she garners her lifestyle learning lessons from any setting. As such, she credits much of her money-curbing spending habits to the many years of being a “cash strapped” college student and the other years to good old trial and error.

The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Fabulous Staycation

The Solopreneur’s Guide to a Fabulous Staycation- According to leading research company Gallup, more than 50% of Americans now plan summer “staycations”- that is, they vacation at home.

For many, it’s a great way to unwind without stressing their budgets or dealing with the hassles that come along with air travel or high gas prices. But a staycation can also be ripe with pitfalls.

Saying you’ll treat it like a “real” vacation and actually doing it are two very different things thanks to proximity… proximity to emails that beckon, proximity to organization projects that have been put on hold for far too long, and proximity to the guest bedroom you’ve been wanting to redecorate like the one you saw on HGTV.

But if you do just a little advance planning and put some smart strategies in place, your staycation can be one of the best vacations you’ve had in a long time.

Start by unplugging from work completely:

  • Mark the staycation on your calendar just like you would a regular vacation. Do not plan ANY work-related tasks or appointments for that week. Period.
  • Let all of your clients and other contacts that you do business with on a regular basis know you’ll be on vacation. We recommend NOT telling them it’s a staycation. If they ask where you’re going – which many people will – let them know that you’ve decided not to disclose the location until you return so that the paparazzi won’t know where to find you. smiley
  • Put an “out of office” message on your email, and record an away message on your office voicemail. Do NOT give out your cell phone number “in case of an emergency.” Trust us. It’s amazing what some people think constitutes as an emergency these days!
  • And if you’ll be staycationing with a significant other or a friend, work out a buddy system where you help each other stay in vacation mode. For example, if you’re “buddy” starts stressing about checking voicemails, remind him or her that they’re on vacation and then quickly distract them with a mojito.

The next key is to make sure you don’t unplug from work only to get sucked into a long list of chores around the house. Remember: the idea is to RELAX just like you would on a vacation away from home. The best way to do that is to plan out activities ahead of time that will keep you in a vacation state of mind.

Here are a few to consider:

  • Go grocery shopping the last day before you start your staycation. Stock up on a ton of healthy meals and snacks, as well as a few special treats. (S’mores anyone?) You might also want to buy ingredients for a recipe or two you’ve always wanted to try, but simply haven’t had the time. And don’t forget to stop at the liquor store for a few bottles of wine… or a case of Corona. smiley
  • Book spa treatments to pamper yourself from head to toe, including a body scrub, facial, manicure, pedicure, deep hair conditioning and, most importantly, a massage. You may also want to find a spa with complimentary extras. My favorite one here in Baltimore has a Tuscan room with a warm jetted pool, a eucalyptus steam room and sauna – all complimentary.
  • Plan recreational activities, like scheduling a few tee times or reserving a racquetball court. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, make an appointment for rock climbing, kayaking or even trapeze lessons – the latter of which are cropping up all around the country.
  • Select at least one non-related business book to read during the week. If you need some ideas, Oprah’s book club always has great suggestions.
  • Make reservations for a night or two out at a favorite restaurant or one you’ve been meaning to try. Or consider signing up for cooking lessons at a local culinary school.
  • Load up your iPod with beach-worthy tunes, like Cheeseburger in Paradise, Boys of Summer, Summertime Blues, Surfin’ USA, Vacation, Kokomo, Centerfield, and Born to Run (among many others).
  • Do all the things tourists do when they visit your town. Go to museums. Buy tickets to see a show. Take an open-air bus tour. Check out a local concert.

What about you? Are you planning a “real” vacation this year, or will you be staycationing? What are your strategies to ensure you have a fun and relaxing time? Let us know!