This summer holiday our family decided to have a staycation at home rather than travel away. By 'staycation' I don't mean we just stayed at home and did what we always do but we actively planned to have a relaxing and fun holiday at home with the benefits of less expense and minus the hassles of travel.
How did we do it? Below are my top 5 tips for having the best staycation ever! And keep reading as I have a giveaway competition with a prize to assist you relax these holidays and beyond at the end of this blog post!
1) Plan Ahead
For a successful staycation, planning is essential! I suggest planning for your staycation as you would plan for a holiday away.
The first thing to plan and decide is the start and end dates of your staycation. We planned for a 10 day staycation.
You also need to pre-plan activities and outings for the staycation so you can enjoy the actual staycation relaxing and having fun and having a break from your usual activities, chores and dare I say rut you are in during school term & work time!
2) Be a Tourist
Visit your local tourist information centre and pick up brochures for local attractions. Alternatively you could visit a local hotel/tourist attraction as these locations often have a stash of tourist brochures also.
You may think you know all the local attractions but you could be pleasantly surprised and discover new local activities. I did. The other benefit of visiting the local tourist information centre is that they sometimes offer discounts to some of the local attractions if the tickets are purchased from them.
Several of the tourist brochures I picked up also contained discount coupons in the back of them. Bonus!!!
Involve your children in the planning of activities and outings. We allowed our children to pick a one day outing/activity each. Their choices ranged from surfing lessons, a visit to an indoor trampolining centre and a visit to the Jenolan Caves.
During holidays away you are usually NOT in contact with your work office via phone calls or emails. So for the duration of your staycation ban all contact and mention of your work!
I also encouraged my children to tell their friends they would be unavailable for the 10 days of their staycation. This was to ensure a break from their normal routines and to give us a chance to do activities and have outings as a family rather than a child asking to go on a playover or sleepover with a friend.
Usually on holidays away I read at least one book. So on our staycation I made a point of truly unplugging by limiting my computer time and NOT checking my emails (shock, horror!). I bought and read two books in my quiet me time instead.
4) Check Out Free Local Events
A lot of cities and towns offer free outdoor evening movie screenings during holiday periods. We ended up attending three such movie screenings which the kids all loved. There were also free children's activities on offer before the movie and we brought along a picnic dinner to enjoy whilst watching the movies.
In our area I also saw several free bushwalks, a coastal walk and a night walk organised by the local council.
|Image Credit: PK Robbins|
For me one of the hardest parts of enjoying a staycation and relaxing at home is letting go of the normal everyday chores and just enjoying myself as I would on a holiday away.
To enable me to relax during our staycation I organised a cleaning blitz of our house in the two days prior to our staycation and also did a food shop. As a result during our staycation the only chores I did were the ones I would also do during a holiday away, that is preparing easy breakfasts and washing our swimmers. Each family member was responsible for making or not making their own bed, their choice! Most meals, apart from breakfast, were eaten out.
In addition to the above 'staycation chore-atorium' I also created a relaxing holiday ambiance by placing scented candles in our living areas to create a relaxing ambiance in the evenings. The candles I used were the amazing new Air Wick Silhouette candles. My favourite had a sailing boat silhouette on it and was 'amber mandarin glow' scented, a lovely fresh citrus scent. Air Wick also has many other exquisite fragrances including 'French Vanilla Romance'.
The amazing thing about these candles is that when you light them, not only do they have a flickering flame, which by itself normally captivates and relaxes me, they are also multicolour changing! Once lit, a soft and tranquil glow illuminates through the wax. This glow then gently changes colour to create a truly relaxing ambiance. The photo below shows the multicolour cycle.
Thanks to Air Wick I have a gift pack of 4 Air Wick candles to give away including:
- Scented Candle - Lemonade Stand (Sweet Summer Fruits scent)
- Scented Candle - Unwind Time (French Lavender scent)
- Silhouettes - Amber Mandarin Glow
- Silhouettes - French Vanilla Romance
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