The double-dip recession means staycations are still a popular choice. I’m not a fan of the word but I do like the idea. Mainly, I must admit for financial reasons, but also because I like the concept of taking quality holiday time without the hassle and expense of travel.
Without wishing to make you all throw up, I also like the idea of appreciating what I already have (a cosy home in a nice area – yes, I know I’m really lucky) and creating a holiday from my most precious resource; time with my lovely family.
I fired up Google to steal some tips, but the majority of ‘staycation’ articles were about going away for your holiday, but within the UK. If you fancy that kind of holiday but don’t want to pay for a cottage or caravan during peak season, perhaps you could do a house swap? And then let me know how it goes so I can think about it for next year? Thanks.
We’ve got plans to meet up with friends and family at the beginning and end of our holiday week, and I think the key to success for the rest lies in the planning. One of the best things about being away is the removal from everyday environment and routine. For me, home signals both work and domestic tasks, so I need to make sure I don’t slip into my normal schedule of computer-on, Hoover at the ready (I’m joking about the Hoover, naturally).
So, taking my cue from Monica Geller, there will be rules:
The first rule of staycation is that we don’t do housework, gardening or DIY.
The second rule of staycation is that we approach food in the same way we do when we’re away ie. we eat out if we can afford it (even if it’s just fish and chips eaten sitting on a bench) and at other times we do ‘easy’ food like salads with nice bread and cold meat or pasta pesto or pizza.
The third rule of staycation is that the onus on planning/deciding what we do on any given day doesn’t fall entirely with me.
So, with the rules firmly in mind, I’ve been trying to think of some concrete ideas to make a (cheap-ish) week at home seem like a refreshing trip away.
Yes, if it rains solidly for a week I’m going to be gutted, but unfortunate weather and other holiday hiccups can happen on a luxury deal to costa-del-summer, too, and this way we’ll at least be a step closer to getting our bank account into the black.
However, I’m not planning to be hardcore thrifty. Yes, we could spend all day every day making macramé with our shoe laces, but I’m planning to spend some of the money we’re saving on accommodation on fun stuff; the activities that don’t fit into our normal routine and budget. Perhaps this’ll be the time we go pony trekking or ice-skating or learn archery?
I’ll let you know how it goes!