Save Money and Take a Staycation Instead of a Vacation This Year

Budgetary constraints may have you wondering how you are going to be able to afford your next mortgage payment let alone the luxury once-a-year vacation you’re accustomed to.  So, what’s a guy or girl to do when his or her finances won’t allow time off for some much needed rest and relaxation?  The answer is easy!  They go on a staycation, the latest trend in economically-friendly travel.

There is no need to pack your bags or stamp your passport.  Staycations are designed to maximize your time away from work or academic pursuits by providing you with ample opportunity to indulge in life’s little pleasures.

Here are a few ways that you can ensure that you get the most out of your time off:

  1. Forward all of your calls to voice mail, use an autoresponder to handle your emails, and only open bills if they come in the mail and require your immediate attention.
  2. Tell your colleagues, friends, family members, and neighbors your intentions.  Let know that for a select amount of days you will be unavailable and can only be reached in the case of an emergency.
  3. Make a run to the grocery store prior to your time off.  Stock up on the items that you know you will need.  Do not spend your entire staycation running errands.

Stumped for ideas on how to indulge?  Why not try a few of these ideas on for size?

Pamper Yourself. Take a long, hot bath, give yourself a manicure and pedicure, eat a piece of dark chocolate rich in cancer fighting antioxidants, or spend the day in bed reading your favorite novel or watching your favorite television program.

Be a Tourist In Your Own City. Visit places that you have never been to before.  Strap  a camera around your neck and snap pictures along the way.  Have lunch in a café, deli, or bistro and order a dish that you have never tried before.  Go Letterboxing.

Get Outdoors. Take a walk, plant a garden, ride your bike, play Frisbee with the kids, lie in the grass and look up at the stars, build a fort out of cardboard boxes. Do whatever it takes to embrace your inner child.

Improve Yourself. Read up on your favorite topics online, get acquainted with other cultures by listening to their music and cooking their meals, start keeping a journal, play your guitar, hit the gym.  There are countless ways that a person can increase their intellect, improve their health, stimulate their creativity, and deepen their spirituality. Investing in yourself can yield significant rewards.

Just because you can’t afford to spend a week in the tropics doesn’t mean that you will miss out on all the fun.  Create your own island oasis in your backyard.  You can sit poolside with a Pina Colada and think of all the ways to spend your next staycation without spending a dime.  Now, how’s that for some frugal fun!

Charissa Arsaoui is a freelance writer for ChickSpeak, Buzzine, DisFUNKshion Magazine, Student Stuff, and a guest contributor for Wisebread.  She loves thrift related topics and can spot a bargain a mile away.

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10 comments
MargaretJHodges
MargaretJHodges

Have a BBQ party in your backyard. Invite a few friends over. Creating good memories don’t have to cost you a lot of money.

Nicole UK
Nicole UK

Ohh.. c'mon.. Its really sad.. it would remind me more of my bad financial scenario.. I am sure no one else does it..

Ken
Ken

I love the staycation idea. You don't have to go far to have fun. It's about setting your expectations and living simply. Great points.

Goran Web | Net Age
Goran Web | Net Age

Sometimes just having a break from the office and commuting routine for a couple of weeks is all the holiday you need. Let's face it, the driving / flying and hotelling is stressful enough to make you need a holiday when coming back from one!

Ted
Ted

Or head to your local apple orchard or farm for a day of picking, picnic, and some fun outdoors. Great fun!

Budget Gal Angie
Budget Gal Angie

Macy's has teamed up with many museums to offer free admission. You can get the passes at your library. There are so many ways you can do a staycation and still see some attractions in or around your home town.

pays to live green
pays to live green

Great suggestion. This is definitely the way to go and should be how many more people live their lives on a regular basis. Nobody seems to leave work anymore since so many people have phones with internet access.

Random Thoughts of a Jersey Mom
Random Thoughts of a Jersey Mom

My family will be taking a staycation next week (spring break)! I'm quite looking forward to it. I've made an itinerary for the entire week, bought tickets ahead of time, and basically we're treating it as a vacation but with comforts of home. =)

Kevin
Kevin

I agree with Abigail's comment. There is no reason to limit yourself to a staycation when you can have an awesome vacation a few hundred miles away. The beauty of America is that every city and state has their own distinct history, cultures, and identity.

Credit Girl
Credit Girl

That's a great idea! Tough times call for more creative measures! I live in Los Angeles and I can tell you that I haven't been to 1/4 of the tourist attractions that Los Angeles is famous for. Not only that, but many of the places that I have yet to visit are museums which are mostly free so that is a cheap alternative as well. Enjoyed this post! Thanks!

Abigail
Abigail

Another alternative is to do a nearby city. Now that we're in Arizona, we could drive to a few major cities without too much trouble. It's not quite as inexpensive as a staycation, but it means less travel cost, and cheap hotels are pretty easy to find.