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3 Tips to Organize Your Staycation

The growing popularity of the staycation means two things: families are budget conscious and that they don’t need to go to Disneyworld to have a great vacation. But don’t underestimate the organizational hazards of staycations. You may be at home, but taking a few extra steps to make sure everything is organized can make for a stress-free (or as much as possible) vacation. Here are three tips from Mandi at Simple Mom.

1. Keep Your Schedule Flexible Remember, it’s a vacation, so nobody wants to wake up super early or follow a strict itinerary. Also, when you plan your schedule, leave a lot of time between activities so nobody feels rushed going from place to place. 2. Get Chores Done Beforehand You’re still at home, which means there are a number of house chores to be done, but if you’re going to commit to this staycation, you’ll need to get as much done as possible ahead of time. Sure, the garbage will still be collected while you’re “on vacation,” but do your best to get as much out of the way as possible.

3. Plan Your Meals You can cut down on the stress of a staycation, and save a bit of money, but thinking ahead about what your family will be eating. Stock your fridge with all the groceries you’ll need, and freeze meals so you can just throw them in the oven when needed. And don’t be afraid to eat out. It’s a vacation, after all!

From Simple Mom. Photo by Scandic Hotels.

  • Caitlin

    #2 is a good tip. Simple, but great to keep in mind. It's sort of why working from home can get tough – there are always other distractions that can keep you from working or, in this case, vacationing.

  • http://twitter.com/oregoncitylink @oregoncitylink

    Yes working from home, you see the mess and stress if you dont do the chores

  • angelaakinniyi

    I agree, I tend to do these things, it does help a lot!

  • Timbo

    Actually, I think *not* planning your meals makes it all the more fun. You get to either improvise a place to go out and eat, or pick a completely new recipe to mess up at home :P

  • Charity S.

    Saving money. These are wonderful tips, and I'll use all of them.

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    I've found that many people aren't familiar with the wonderful, tourist activities in their own backyard. Just imagine … many of us live in places which other people travel to for vacation. So I'd add to do a little research ahead of time on the fun things there are to do in one's own town/city. And don't rule out the free stuff … there are great offerings out there for nothing but your time!

    Wonderful article! Oh, by the way … staycations are very earth-friendly. Think of the resources saved by not traveling.

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