General Wellness

How to Plan a Sensational Summer Staycation

Minnesota is pretty magical in the summer. From lakes and rivers to festivals and fairs, there is so much to see, do and experience. Whether you are saving your pennies for a rainy day, need to stay close to home to care for a new baby or aging family member, or simply enjoy summer without so much travel, a “staycation” (or stay-at-home vacation) can be a perfect antidote to a big summer trip. You can stay at – or close to – home while getting out of your everyday routine and enjoying some fresh sights and delights.

“Routines are wonderful for many reasons, but it can be equally wonderful to get out of a slump and try something new,” said Dr. Jewelia Wagner. “A staycation gives you the opportunity to experience your neighborhood or city in a new way and appreciate the amazing state we live in.”

If you are interested in a summer staycation, grab your camera, strap on your fanny pack and use the following tips to get started:

  • Do some research. Just because you’re more familiar with your destination, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest some time in planning ahead, particularly if you want to explore new areas or attractions. You can ask friends for their favorite spots, check out social media sites with events listings and begin to make a list of must-dos.
  • Create vacation vibes. If you choose to stay in your own home, make it feel a little more like a hotel. You might hire a cleaning service before or after your vacation. Invest in a pound of great coffee. Light a beautiful candle. Set the mood with a great soundtrack.
  • Choose a theme. Planning is easier and more fun when your family finds a staycation theme. You might try “around-the-world gourmet,” “active destinations,” “suburban sightseeing” or “all about the arts,” for example.
  • Build excitement. Count down on your calendar. Ensure that everyone is involved. And don’t forget to take lots of pictures and buy a couple special souvenirs of your staycation.

Of course, it is wise to set a budget and stick to it – it can even be part of the fun. Finally, don’t let anyone at the office who might be more inclined to interrupt when you’re local know you’re doing a staycation. Treat it just as you would any other vacation.


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