Published On: Wed, Mar 13th, 2013

How To Get The Most Out Of A Staycation

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How To Get The Most Out Of A StaycationSometimes, you just need a vacation.  Time away from work can be rejuvenating to the mind, body, and spirit, but the money isn’t always available to do something expensive.  If money is tight, consider a staycation, where you give yourself the time to do whatever it is you want to do without the hectic workweek to drag you down.  The best part is: it’s entirely up to you on how you choose to spend the time.  So if you want to catch up on your hobbies, relax in a hammock all week, or spend quality time with your beloved family and friends, the world is your oyster.

Catch Up on Your Hobbies

Taking a break from work gives you a great opportunity to do the things you like to do, but don’t necessarily have a lot of time for throughout the week.  Whether you are an avid golfer, an amateur photographer, or maybe just a bookworm, you can catch up on your favorite hobbies.  Maybe you’re a bit of a free spirit and want to go on some mini adventures around your neighborhood.  The time is perfect to do just about anything you can dream of doing.

Relax

During the hustle and bustle of a regular workweek, it can be difficult to take time to relax.  Even when you have two days every weekend without work, those days can fill themselves up quickly with chores and errands that you couldn’t get to until Saturday.  If you happen to find yourself without much free time to just sit back and relax, taking a staycation might be the most rewarding way to spend the time off.  Turn off your brain and relax anywhere you like, whether that’s on your couch in your living room, your bed, or a hammock in your backyard. The time is yours to waste.

Reconnect with Family and Friends

The daily grind can be tough on relationships, especially if your hours have left no time for the ones closest to you.  Without the obligation of work eating up your time, use it as an opportunity to get close with your family and friends.  If you have children, spend some time having fun with them, either at home, the zoo or somewhere they will really enjoy.  Take your significant other out to a romantic dinner and some dancing.  If you haven’t spent much time with your friends, perhaps it’s time to invite them over for some drinks and a ballgame.  Whatever relationship you choose to focus on during your time, you may find it more satisfying than a trip to somewhere exotic.

Whatever it is you choose to do with your time off, remember that it is your opportunity to do what you want.  Do yourself a favor, though, and stay away from work e-mail and phone calls.  Those can wait until Monday.

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Alyssa Golden is an avid blogger always looking to share her experiences and recommendations. She specializes in enhancing mental health and well being. You can follow her on Twitter @madeofGolden.

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