When it comes to vacations, they can get really pricey very quickly. By staying home for vacation, you can save yourself a lot of money. It turns out that Americans tend to spend 10% of their annual income on vacations. Some even went as far as spending 15% or more of their annual income on vacations. While it’s fine to spend that kind of money on vacations, not everyone can afford it. The problem is that most Americans can’t. A large percentage of Americans tend to go into debt in order to pay for vacations. However, there are still a lot of people who don’t take a break all year. This is mainly because they can’t afford to do so. As a result, staycations have become more popular over the last few years since they’re the only type of vacation most Americans can actually afford. However, that’s not the only reason to plan a staycation. Planned right, a week at home can be just as or even more relaxing than a rushed, expensive trip somewhere abroad. On top of that, vacationing at home can give you the chance to reconnect with the family. It allows you to slow down. Just make sure not to fall into a routine of just chores and work. Take the time to really unwind and relax. Here’s how:
Check Your Budget
The biggest benefit of a staycation is, of course, the money you’ll be able to save. Still, just because you’re not spending a lot of money on a family vacation doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend any money at all. Some spending on a staycation can make all the difference. Take the time to think about how much you’re able to spend on your staycation. When you come up with a number that fits your budget, write it down. After figuring this out, you’ll have to think about how you’ll spend the money.
What Does Luxury Mean?
Stop for a moment and think about what feels luxurious to you. Defining your idea of luxury might take a few minutes, but it’s the big question you need to figure out. What can you do at home to make you feel more relaxed and luxurious for a week? Would you lean more towards going out to different restaurants every night, or maybe you’d love to sleep on expensive sheets?
Schedule Some Services
Luxury can also be not having to do chores that you normally dread. What do you hate doing the most? What tasks would you love not to do for a week? Make a list of all the things you really can’t stand doing and then figure out how you can get services to have them done for you. These are services you wouldn’t splurge on otherwise, but it’s vacation! Think about services like a hired chef, maybe a house cleaner, or someone to maintain the yard. Not to mention, if it’s something your kids might be interested in, maybe send them to camp for a week?
Create a Mini Oasis
One fun way to splurge at home is by creating a relaxing space in your backyard. Depending on how big your staycation budget is, there are several options. Simple things like a water fountain can help the yard feel more like a getaway. You can also add some outdoor lights, a patio rug, and some plants to really complete the entire look and make it feel like a proper vacation.