As a super busy solopreneur, I’m betting you find it difficult to make the time to get away on vacation. You’re just convinced that if you’re not there to run the business, everything will surely collapse. Well, let me start by saying, it won’t. Your business will still be there when you return from a much needed break. I promise.
But with summer approaching (and the kids out of school for a few months), you might be starting to dream about a little time away from work. But what if a real vacation simply isn’t in the budget this year? No worries – a staycation may be just the remedy!
A staycation is just like a vacation, except that instead of staying at an expensive hotel, you stay in the comfort of your own home and you do fun and relaxing things near you. Staycations can be one day or 10 days, or however many days you’ll allow yourself to have a break, and believe me, you do need a break. Don’t even try to kid yourself.
So if you’re in need of a little unplugging, a little “me time” to refresh and recharge your batteries, check out these 5 tips for a great staycation… even when you work from home.
How to Have a Great Staycation
1. Act as though you’re away on vacation.
If you were on a vacation away from your home, would you be checking your email every hour? Would your kids be sprawled on the couch playing their video games? Would you sit in front of the TV for half the day? Would you be doing chores? Probably not. A staycation isn’t supposed to just be the same as a relaxing weekend; it’s supposed to be special, like a vacation! You’re supposed to be as disconnected from your daily routine as possible. That means no doing chores, no cooking dinner, no working, no doing your usual weekend activities. You and your family need to be doing things that are relaxing and fun, but also different.
2. Visit local attractions.
If you’re anything like me, I’ll bet there are lots of awesome attractions and activities in your area that you simply have not taken the time to check out. This is especially true if you’re near to a big city. To have a great staycation, take some time to visit a local museum or zoo, or go to see a play. Maybe there’s a famous old house or memorial you’ve been dying to visit but you just haven’t made the time. Choose a few different “must-do” activities in your area, and then pretend you’re tourists and have fun exploring your city!
3. Plan fun meals.
Your staycation is not the time to go to your usual restaurants and order your usual dishes. Instead, try some new restaurants that sound interesting, or try new kinds of food. Whenever I’m traveling, I always try to eat at new and unique restaurants that aren’t an option at home; for your staycation, find some of those new and unique places in your own area and go check them out.
4. Host your own event.
Get a group of friends and family together for a picnic, or maybe even a barbecue at your own home. Host a movie night, or pile everyone into the car and go to a drive-in movie. How about a family night at a local sporting event? All of these are fun and relaxing ways to ditch your everyday routine and do something fun with those you love.
5. Have quiet time.
Even on a vacation away from home, most likely you wouldn’t be doing something exciting every minute of every day. There would be quiet moments and down time, and there should be similar quiet moments during your staycation to give you time to catch your breath. Plan for quiet time once a day. Read a book, or play a board game with your family. If you’re near a lake, maybe go drop a fishing line in the water for a few minutes, and by all means if you’re near a beach, sit in a chair and dig your toes in the sand. Be creative, and you’ll have a great staycation!
Have you ever had a staycation? What did you do on it? I’d love for you to share some ideas with me in a comment below.
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