Time for a Staycation
An average day for me is waking up around 7AM, getting myself ready for work, followed by waking my kids up and getting them ready for school or camp. After a long day of work I get home to excited kids who are competing for my attention. My husband and I tag team dinner and then usually I do bedtime, books and snuggles. Then I have a couple of hours, if I am lucky, to myself. This doesn’t necessarily mean two hours of relaxing. I quickly do a load of laundry, some dishes, pick up the random toys or crayons and crawl into bed. It is exhausting just to write about it all;)
I realize that I am the average working mom, I am not alone. So, I am here to say that everyone deserves a staycation. Vacations can be a lot to plan, especially if you have kids, since most likely they are coming along. I have had a couple of wonderful family trips and hope to take many more. That being said, I am a big believer in making sure you integrate staycations into your life. Everyone needs time to recharge and take a break from the day to day chaos.
We took our first family staycation a couple of years ago. We all had the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day off, and I got an email from a local hotel with a great deal, and spontaneously jumped on it. It was an adventure, we packed our bags quickly and with little stress. What was the worst thing that could happen, we would have to drive 15 minutes to our house to grab something?
I recommend that if you have kids, make sure that the hotel has a pool. This will ensure that you have down time, to sit back and relax, while they have the time of their lives swimming around. If you have the money, you could splurge on two rooms connecting so that you can have somequiet time, or maybe rent that wonderful cheesy movie, that until now you haven’t been able to justify.
This is an easy way to please the entire family. My kids felt like they had a special trip, and my husband and I enjoyed watching them so happy. Sometimes life gets so busy you don’t have the opportunity to sit back and watch your kids enjoy life. If you are in your own house you are constantly distracted by everything you need to do. It is important to make the time to center yourself and your family.
If you think family staycations sound good wait until you try it with your best friend or your lover;) Find a small town nearby that you have always wanted to explore and book a night or two. You don’t need to hop on a plane to feel like you got away. If you have a lousy work week and are feeling blue, find someone to go with you for the weekend, and see how refreshed you feel come Sunday.
The important part is to remember to give yourself a break here and there. Life gets crazy and overwhelming and you don’t have to break the piggy bank to get away. Or course you can go all out on a staycation – go to a spa, fine dining, etc., - but you can also just have a change of scenery to get the relief you need. Stay in a cozy bed and breakfast and find a nearby yoga class, maybe end the day on a beach staring at the stars. You can make your staycation your ideal vacation, and come back feeling better about life and ready to take on new challenges.