How to Plan a Stress-Free Staycation This Summer

In this digital era, it can seem like we’re always on the clock. With web-conferencing and smartphones, many of us can work anywhere, any time of the day—but sometimes enough is enough!

If you’re one of many US employees who doesn’t take full advantage of their paid time off, what are you waiting for? You can recharge your batteries with no reservations required, and on a budget, with a staycation.

A staycation can be more than just a boring stay-at-home vacation. It’s all about how you approach it. Whether you’re looking for a thrilling adventure or a quiet retreat, we have a few suggestions to make any staycation a surefire success.

First, schedule your staycation and commit to it like you would a flight or hotel reservation. Determine an official start and end time and set the expectation that you will be entirely offline from work or inaccessible during this time.

Work disruptions can easily interfere with a relaxing staycation. Do yourself a favor by keeping work out of sight, so you don’t feel tempted to check in or guilty about taking the time off you deserve. This tip also goes for housework, yardwork, or any other responsibilities that might invite stress into your staycation.

To help keep your mind off of work, get out of the house at least once a day for an adventure. Schedule outings to explore destinations you never took the time to visit in your own hometown. Seek out discounts or free passes that might be eligible to you as a local.

In certain cities, museums and attractions offer special pricing just for being from the neighborhood. It might be smart to check with your local library to see if you can rent a membership to any local zoos, museums, waterparks, or other nearby attractions.

When you step out of your routine in your hometown, you might be surprised by what you find. You can find new activities and destinations that you may want to add into your current routine.

Have you already discovered the endless opportunities of a staycation? We want to hear about it in the comments below!

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