Making the Most of Your Staycation

by Sarah

Who wouldn't love to take a vacation to a tropical island and relax for a few days? I know I would love it, especially during this time of year with 20-plus inches of snow on the ground! Some of us are lucky enough to travel far, far away, but some of us can also appreciate a well-thought-out staycation.

A staycation can be a great way to take some time to relax without the worries of traveling too far and constant overspending on food and hotel rooms. So how do you make the most of your time off even when you may not be leaving town?

  1. Budget Ahead of Time
    Budget your staycation like you would budget for a vacation elsewhere. The costs of sightseeing, food (whether made at home or out to eat), and small travel costs can add up quickly if there is no budget in sight.
  2. Leave Work at Work
    Since you may not be traveling during your staycation, you may feel obligated to check in with work. Last year, 52% of Americans reported that they had unused vacation days left at the end of the year. That's a lot! If we are checking in with work on our designated days off, we are not fully removing ourselves for our own relaxation time. Therefore, do not, I repeat, DO NOT take work home with you or check on work while you are on your staycation! This is your time! Enjoy it!
  3. Explore your City or Nearby Towns
    Is there a local attraction that you've been dying to check out? Visit free museums, local eateries, zoos, historic spots, anything! Also, ask for recommendations from friends and family, and keep your budget and traveling costs in mind. For upcoming local events or attraction ideas in the Chippewa Valley, the VolumeOne events website is a great place to start.
  4. Try a New Class
    There are many new classes that you could try! From a new exercise class to a sign painting class, you never know what new activity you might like!
  5. Enjoy the Outdoors
    Your outdoor activities may change depending on the season, but usually it is easy to find something to do outdoors. Even a simple walk or hike through the woods can be a great stress reliever. If I have staycation day in the summer, I usually plan to go kayaking since this is something I don't do as often as I would like.
  6. Stay home
    Staying home sounds boring, right? You can always find something to do! Here are a few at-home staycation ideas to try:
    - Game night
    - Movie night
    - DIY craft projects
    - Read a book
    - Cleaning or reorganizing
    - Cook some new recipes or make a few freezer meals for later
    - Whatever helps you relax! Coffee and breakfast on the porch? Napping? Whatever it is, do it!

Will you be planning your own staycation soon? If so, comment a few of your plans below!

Be Well,


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