Last week I talked about ways to save money on your business and personal travel expenses. I suggested in that article that the best single way to save money on business travel was not to do it, to stay in your office and use advanced telecommunication systems like Skype.
I want to make the same basic suggestion this week for your vacations. The single best way to save money on your vacations is not to travel, take your vacations, but don’t go anywhere. Stay at home.
Saving Money on Your Vacation
Since the economy turned southward back in 2007, a whole new (and money savings) concept in vacations has emerged. It is called the Staycation. It means that you stay put on your vacation. You take your vacation at home, in your house or apartment and in your local community.
That is it. That is the money savings, cost reducing idea for this article. Stay put. The rest of this post talks about ways to make your staycation a success. You won’t have ocean breezes and cabana boys to make your vacation a success, so you will have to put a little more thought and planning into it. But with just a little mental elbow grease, your staycation can be a rousing success.
Preparing for your Staycation
To have a successful staycation there are a couple of things you need to do. First, clean your home and go get some groceries, but not while you’re hungry! Then finish off those annoying little jobs that keep bugging you. Basically, get the stuff done that is work that will distract you from relaxing while at home. You don’t want to be thinking, “I have to clean the gutters” on your staycation.
You Want to Relax!
The goal of your staycation is just the same as a vacation. You want to relax, relax, relax.
Start off by not keeping track of the time. You will get done what gets done. If it doesn’t get done, well, this is a vacation. Who cares?
Now go and get that book you have been dying to read but just couldn’t find the time for. Stretch out on that very comfortable couch, get a drink, and read. Read for an hour or for five chapters or until you doze off. Again, the goal is to relax.
Take A Nap. Then Take Another Nap.
When you wake up from your nap, roll over and take another. Luxuriate in your ability to not get up.
Eventually you will have to eat. Go to your favorite restaurant. Better yet, go to that new place you have been just salivating to get to. Invite some friends. What better time than your vacation to catch up with the people that you don’t have time for in the rush of your daily living.
Next, fill your home with the music that you love. Don’t make it so loud that you disturb the neighbors, but crank up the volume so that it fills your soul. Sing along. Dance. Relax.
Your staycation can be exactly what you need. Save money and get the refreshment that you need, all in the comfort of your own house and hometown.
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