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Anyone done a staycation?

post #1 of 12
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We have a 3.5 yo and 14 mo.  We recently moved across country.  We want to take a vacation or two this year because DH gets 3 weeks that just disappear if he doesn't take them, but I'm too lazy to plan a vacation.  I'm thinking staycation.  DH thinks that is the most depressing concept ever.  We moved here a couple of months ago, and there is still a lot to explore locally. Right? But we would see it all eventually, don't need to make a vacation of it...

 

Any experience? Any other ideas for something easy?  I just want to relax.

post #2 of 12

Can dh plan it?

 

Perhaps a series of day trips with home as base?

 

If you feel comfortable sharing your location maybe others will have some good ideas that aren't overwhelmingly far away.

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Originally Posted by maptome View Post

We have a 3.5 yo and 14 mo.  We recently moved across country.  We want to take a vacation or two this year because DH gets 3 weeks that just disappear if he doesn't take them, but I'm too lazy to plan a vacation.  I'm thinking staycation.  DH thinks that is the most depressing concept ever.  We moved here a couple of months ago, and there is still a lot to explore locally. Right? But we would see it all eventually, don't need to make a vacation of it...

 

Any experience? Any other ideas for something easy?  I just want to relax.

post #3 of 12

We did staycation last summer.   DH would not commit to taking off work yet still wanted to do "something."  We sat down at the beginning of the summer and made a list of everything local or within reasonable driving distance.   It was fun.  Having the list took the guess work out of "what are we going to do today?" debate.  We covered a lot of the state.  DH, however, missed the going away feeling of our typical vacations.

 

Are you open to an all-inclusive?  We have gone with the grandparents (my parents) and it was fun.  I am not a fan of buffets and resorts but the no-brainer/no choices aspect of it was relaxing. 

post #4 of 12

We've done staycations a few times, especially when the dc were very young and/or when we've recently moved into a new area. It's fun to be tourists in your own town. There were often hometown sites or events that we normally skipped because "they are just for tourists" but once we visited we enjoyed them. 

 

It can take as much planning as a vacation away though. Booking an all-inclusive resort can seem simple compared to scheduling a week's worth of trips to museums, art galleries, historic sites etc. with picnics or restaurant meals and so on, even if you are staying in your hometown and know your way around. 

 

A hotel stay in your own city can be fun. Kids often have fun with room service, enjoy the pool and any other amenities. You could combine it with a kid's concert or play. That doesn't require quite as much planning. 

 

Not quite a staycation, but when we didn't want to deal with air travel with youngsters, we would rent a cottage within a 2 or 3 hour drive for a week or two. We hiked, explored the countryside, did a little antiquing (very little since it's hard with small children), canoed or boated, swam, visited historic sites or nature centres or whatever interesting sites were in the area, but it was all at a lazy pace. We did this for a few years and it helped us decide where to look when we bought our own cottage. 

 

 

 

post #5 of 12

I done. We had no money for a real vacation. It was depressing.  We went on day trips and had fun but then you come home to same old house, dishes in the sink and emails.

 

Do not do it. It is not that hard to plan a vacation int eh age on Internet. Book some hotels with pools near interesting thing you want to see and go.

post #6 of 12
We do staycations a lot. We plan special places to go in our city everyday for a week and do it. We have also just packed up and gone on vacation without planning it. Both are fun
post #7 of 12

How are you doing settling in from your move?  We've relocated several times for my DH's job (hence my screen name) and I cannot get excited about going away for a vacation right after a move either. I've done enough packing and unpacking and attempting to care for my children without being able to find their stuff!

 

We've done staycations right after moves and really enjoyed them. Its worked well when in a place that is really different and interesting. You could also add an overnight to someplace near -- are you 3 hours or so away from something cool?   Our best staycation was one when we had moved close enough to go to the ocean for an overnight, but hadn't managed to do so yet.

 

If you can't stand the thought of PLANNING a vacation but are fine on actually going on one, put your DH in charge of planning. I suspect that this defaults to being your job, a heck of a lot of other stuff does, too. Most people have no clue what it means to move such small children so far, including the daddies (especially if you have no support network in your new city).  Have him do more, you guys may need to readjust what is his job and what is your job for a while.

 

Consider an all inclusive vacation. We did one and I honestly think it was the only REAL vacation I've had since we had kids. Most of the time, I feel like I'm still doing everything I normally do but with more obstacles. The all inclusive vacation was very relaxing and restorative *for me*. Everybody else had a good time too. (We are considering an all inclusive for this summer).

post #8 of 12

We live in a fairly touristy area, so we have done them a lot.  We will go on factory tours, museums, hikes in the mountains.  I really like them.  And as far as dirty dishes we do a lot of take out when we do them but I get to sleep in my own bed.  Or we once did one within 3 hours of our home and did a bunch of cool things, came home for a day and then did 2 hours in the other direction for 2 days.

post #9 of 12
He could use his vacation days around holidays throughout the year, to extend the time at home with the family.
post #10 of 12

He could use his vacation days around holidays throughout the year, to extend the time at home with the family.

 

It may also depend on the industry he's in.

"Long holiday weekends" is a good idea and is, in fact, my preferred type of vacation! But I'm obligated to take five consecutive business days off each year. And some people I work with are actually obligated to use their vacation as TEN consecutive business days...

post #11 of 12

I remember when I first heard the term "staycation" and thought it odd, because growing up, "vacation" was a time when we didn't have to go to school, or my parents didn't have to go to work - but  going somewhere else? Not very often.

 

We love staying at home during the holidays  when the kids  have school vacation or we parents have leave from work. We sleep in, we have fun cooking, we garden, go swimming (in good weather) and just relax (read, chat, watch DVDs or computer stuff).

 

When I travel on vacation, it is often fun, but not relaxing - going site-seeing and doing activities can be tiring. This summer we *will* be traveling - and it will be fun, but I will also be happy when the X-mas holidays come and we can just relax at home.

post #12 of 12

DD and I have been watching Downton Abbey since someone recently gave us the DVDs. Last night we watched an episode where the family goes out on a day visit and has a lovely picnic lunch with servants along to help out. It occurred to me that a staycation would be much more comfortable and enjoyable if we spent some of the vacation funds on some help around the house for the week. You could hire a personal concierge and cleaning service and caterers to run errands and take care of the house and cook so that it feels a little more special. All depends on how much you would otherwise spend on travel/hotel/meals if you went away. 

 

ETA: It occurs to me that not everyone will know the t.v. show. It's an "upstairs/downstairs" British drama about a wealthy aristocratic family  and their servants, living on a large estate. We're watching the 3rd season set in 1920. Lots of butlers, housekeepers, maids and cooks to take care of all of the needs and wants of the family. 


Edited by ollyoxenfree - 3/21/13 at 7:05am
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