It’s exciting & fun! It’s family vacation time. Now, what do we have to do to prepare? First we have to decide where we are going. Will that be a pleasant conversation or will disappoint some members?
Now that the destination has been decided, although some are disgruntled, all we have to do now is pack and pay. Whether you fly or drive you will definitely pay! Adding on to charges for your lights isn’t fun. Some airlines charge for a blanket now.
If you drive you might want to rent a van because you will be bringing loads of stuff. Renting a vehicle will be an additional cost and hassle. You we having fun yet?
Here’s a suggestion – Try a “StayCation”. Yes, that’s right. Stay home and enjoy yourselves.Think about what you like about a vacation and bring some of those elements home. We did quite a bit of camping with our children and I realized that I love the campfire so I made a larger circle of rocks in my backyard. People gather around a fire and start talking and telling stories which I also enjoy. There is no money involved and you have all the conveniences of home. Also, if you want to put up a tent, go right ahead.
Make spaces in your yard for activities that appeal to your family. You could have a location for art projects, volleyball, badminton, boche ball, an outdoor kitchen or swimming pool.
If you don’t spend money going away, it will cut down on the expense of your new swimming pool. (That’s what I have to tell my husband).
Of course you can still eat out when you feel like it. You can still shop or be with friends. You can discover things close to home now. Free concerts in summer are great. Do whatever you want – you’re on StayCation!
If relaxing is what you enjoy the most then you must! Reading, meditation and taking walks are healthful and refreshing.
I heard a story about a woman who hired a gardener to rid the yard of weeds and debris. A few flowers were planted and everything looked wonderful.
Next she had her whole house professionally cleaned. She put fresh flowers around and the house smelled terrific and it was beautiful. I guess you’re wondering what happened next. After getting everything done, she stayed home for a week and totally relaxed. Now that’s a happy ending! The choice is yours to go or stay, but either way it can be a “get-a-way”.
Linda Doyle – Co-owner of SweetPeas Antiques and Garden