5 Easy Staycation Ideas and Tips to Make Your Summer Fun!

Five Staycation ideas and tipsSometimes, you need a break, but you don’t have the time, or the money, to go anywhere exotic and far away.  Enter the staycation! I’ve included a few staycation ideas to help you plan a mental getaway this summer or any time of the year, really.

Staycation tip one: No chores

That’s right.  Don’t do any chores.  OK, maybe make your bed if it really bothers you like it bothers me, but otherwise, forget cleaning and scrubbing.  Just relax.

Staycation tip two: Go out to eat

You don’t have to go somewhere fancy with white linens on the tables, just don’t cook and try somewhere new.

Staycation tip three: Think like you’re on vacation

Remember how you felt when you were on the best vacation of your life?  Try to put yourself into that mindset again.

Staycation tip four: Go see that place in town

You know what I’m talking about…it’s that museum, team, fair, or touristy thing you’ve wanted to check out, but never found the time or the visitors from out of town to be your excuse.

Staycation tip five: Read a book, spa it up, or indulge

Do something indulgent.  Sit on the couch and read a book all day.  You don’t need a beach as an excuse to read a book. Give yourself a spa day.  Sit on your patio and have a glass of wine. Have a movie marathon, but call it a film festival. Wear a robe.

Staycation ideas with kids?

There are so many things you can do: camp in your back yard, camp in your living room (no campfires though), have a family game tournament (board, video or otherwise), create a water park in your front yard…Looking for things to do in your area?  This blog post has a list of different ideas across the country.

You don’t have to set aside a whole weekend for your staycation. It could be a day or even just an evening.  When I was single and living in San Francisco, a friend of mine and I used to pretend to be tourists after a long day of work.  We would go down to Pier 39 and wander around with the tourists, have dinner at some random restaurant we happened upon, and looked in the shops at the trinkets for sale.

What would you do on a staycation?

8 thoughts on “5 Easy Staycation Ideas and Tips to Make Your Summer Fun!

  1. Limeade Gal

    Great Ideas! I will be having a few mini staycations this summer! Love your idea of.playing tourist in your own town. We all tend to forget about the wonderful attractions that are right in our area!
    Have a beautiful week 🙂

  2. Leslie

    I myself love staycations! I’ll be doing a few of those this year. I’m scared to fly so I have to drive everywhere, haha. Yeah I know. I love venturing into towns not so nearby to hang around though. I’m stopping by from SITS & I hope your enjoying your weekend.
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    1. Amy Ruiz Fritz Post author

      Thanks! I know a few people who are afraid to fly. They take a Xanax or other anti-anxiety pill and it helps immensely. I’m more afraid of driving than flying. Statistically, driving is way more dangerous. But, you do what you need to. 🙂 I do enjoy a good road trip. Heck, I’ll bet there are tons of places w/in a 10 mile radius you’d like to visit, but just haven’t gotten around to…or maybe that’s just me. 🙂


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