Home Sweet Home: Making the Most of a Staycation

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You have vacation days in the bank and it’s time to use them. A long getaway to a tropical island or a foreign country sounds fabulous, but that’s just not feasible right now. No worries — you can still recharge and have a great time hanging out in your home city or town.

“Vacations don’t have to be expensive, and they don’t have to be elaborate,” says Beverly Beuermann-King of WorkSmartLiveSmart.com. “They can be taken at home.”

Beuermann-King gave Real Business tips on how to make the most of your staycation.

1. Stay Positive. You may not be taking a staycation by choice. It may be because finances are tight or you have family commitments such us taking care of an elderly relative. Don’t fixate on the reasons why you’re taking the staycation.

“If you can put yourself in the mindset of, ‘I can still get the most from this, I’m going to plan the right vacation, I’m going to have fun, and I’m going to come back feeling great and with a different perspective on life,’ it’s certainly going to impact the way you take that staycation,” says Beuermann-King.

2. Plan Ahead. Plot out your staycation before it begins. First, make sure things are in order at the office, so you’re not spending time checking email during your time off. Then, think about exactly what you want from your time off. Perhaps it’s working on an old hobby, or checking out some attractions in your hometown, or even just catching up on sleep.

“Vacations should have a bit of a purpose to them,” says Beuermann-King. “Some people want their vacation to be relaxing. They want to sit in their hammock with a drink and a good book, and that will be absolutely lovely for them. Other people will actually increase their stress if they felt like they didn’t have anything to do.”

3. Don’t Work. Repeat: Do. Not. Work. A staycation does not equal a work-from-home day. Unplug from the office completely. Also, you might be behind on household duties, but your staycation isn’t the time to do chores. “It needs to be a time when you’re relaxing, when you’re connecting with family and friends, and where you’re putting some energy and time into taking care of yourself,” says Beuermann-King.

4. Benefits of Home. There are two big advantages to taking a staycation instead of a vacation: It’s cheaper and less hectic than traveling. “It’s not as much planning and worrying about having to pack, having to get to the airport on time, having the right currency,” says Beuermann-King. “Some people come back to work [after a trip] saying they need a vacation from their vacation.”

5. Keep It Going. Okay, your blissful staycation is over. Now what? You want to avoid slipping back into your stressful routine. Try to balance your life and make time for the restful activities you focused on during your time off. It won’t be easy with long work hours and other life commitments, but do the best you can. “It doesn’t have to be hours and hours on something — it can be moments,” says Beuermann-King. “It’s about having a rhythm to life. That’s really what we’re looking for.”

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