Have a STAYcation| Make Your Home Vacation-Worthy


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Sometimes you just don’t have the excess funds to blow on an expensive vacation somewhere out in the Caribbean when you use your time off work, but that definitely does not mean you shouldn’t take advantage. Even if you aren’t using designated time off your job and you just want a break from the monotony, we’re here to help you create the perfect staycation at home.

Get in the Vacation Mindset

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One of the  main purposes and appeals of a staycation is the fact it allows you to deviate from your typical daily routines that make you feel like you need a vacation in the first place. Taking this into consideration, one if not the most important things to remember when it comes to your staycation is to remind yourself that you are on vacation. It may sound crazy, but really take a minute to think about how easy it would be to fall back into your normal routine since you are in the same environment. You have to go the extra mile to ensure that you are actually relaxing and enjoying yourself to the max – otherwise you are just wasting your day (or days) off; if you’re going to embark on a staycation you might as well go in with full force. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you wouldn’t do it if you were abroad on vacation, don’t do it while you’re at home on your staycation – for example, order food for delivery instead of cooking.

Unplug From Electronics

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Whether it is just you on your staycation or your entire family, getting rid of your electronics (gasp) should be a priority. Enjoy your time to yourself and don’t let social media, apps and the like rob you of your relaxation time. Spend quality time with family or even just yourself, you can go on social media any day you won’t miss out on anything huge, we promise.

Additionally, removing electronics from the equation also means you won’t be distracted by work emails or potential stress inducing texts, leaving you ready and able to kick back and relax.

Babysitters/Sleepovers

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If you want to go on this particular staycation solo or with your spouse and you have children, arrange to have your kids go over to a trusted family member or friend that can babysit them for however long you want your staycation to be. Another great alternative to a baby sitter is asking close friends of yours with children if they would be willing to host a sleepover (with you promising to host the next one of course!) so you know your kids will be having fun while you get some time to yourself.

Hire a House Cleaner

In this day and age with technology, the internet and easy access to pretty much anything, there are plenty of options for finding a professional cleaning crew at affordable prices to give your home a deep clean. Before you embark on your staycation, consider hiring a crew to come and clean, leave the house and let them do their thing and when you come back it will be fresh and spotless, giving you the housekeeper feel you get when you stay at hotels. You can find professional house cleaners almost anywhere on the internet, we suggest doing a quick search on Yelp.com to find reputable companies, and you will be able to read testimonials of their customers. You can use the newly cleaned house as the perfect starting point for your staycation to really get you in the relaxed mindset.

Purchase New Things

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Lest we forget that one of the points of a staycation is to save money, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself to a few small things, right? Getting yourself new things that will help you relax specifically for your staycation will make the entire event feel more special and significant. A new plush robe and slippers from an inexpensive store can go a long way in making you feel more comfortable and relaxed. If you are really looking to splurge and get creative, you could even invest in a high quality robe and reserve it strictly for staycation use only, so whenever you wear it, it will feel special and exclusive. Candles are also a great choice – not only do they create a relaxing dimmed light ambiance, but having scented ones that introduce new smells to your space will make it feel like you aren’t just at home. There are tons of other small things you could do that would make a difference – getting a new razor, new towels and the  list goes on. Make a budget of around $100 if you are scared of going too overboard.

Turn Your Bedroom and Bathroom Into a Spa

This could be different for everyone based on individual preferences, but a great starting point would be candles. Too much fragrance could be a bit overwhelming, so stick to just a  few cheap unscented candles and have more unscented once that will be there just for show. Get new towels to feature in your bathroom and invest in special essential oils or bath salts that you can use exclusively for your staycations. Experiment with different DIY face masks that you can find online and try out, and have a relaxing music playlist and have a new clean comforter on your bed that you can relax in. Try to figure out things you like and don’t like and incorporate them into your space to create the best atmosphere possible!

Have fun on your staycation!

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