There is something to be said for taking a vacation. To get away from the things that are weighing heavily on your shoulders and finding adventure somewhere else. However, not everybody can afford to get out of town and go halfway around the world (or country) to find distant adventures. However, you don’t really have to, in order to get the same effects. Indeed, if you are willing to look beyond your own porch, you’ll find that there are plenty of ways to experience adventure and get a mental break from your work life right in your hometown, and even in your own backyard! Here are some tips on how to have a fulfilling staycation…
Discover unknown parts of the town you live in
Some people can live most of their lives in one place and not even know everything that it has to offer. The reason for this is that people get caught up in their habits, and end up going to the same spots and places that they feel comfortable in. This makes sense, as these places are what make a hometown really feel like home. However, if you’re willing to forego your guaranteed comfort and try something new, you will find that you can find interesting places in the town you live by trying to see it with new eyes and explore it the same way that a tourist would.
Chances are that you’ve heard about the geocaching craze that has become more and more popular around the world over the past several years. Well, while it might seem like a bit of a fad, the concept of geocaching is that there are things hidden all around us that are left by people before. You can look online to find geocaching spots where people have lift interesting objects and little treasures, and then go seeking them. Just make sure that you leave your own treasures for future geocachers, or else the whole system starts to fall apart!
Seek out water
One thing that makes any day feel like an adventure is a body of water. While a distant lake or ocean might be the thing you think of, when you think of vacationing by the water, there is a good chance that there is a beautiful river, pond, dam, or waterway that you can experience right around your own home. Take a day to seek out one of these spots and examine the wildlife that lives there, go for a swim, or even pack a picnic to really have a relaxing day by a calming body of water. Indeed, you can even fill an entire day with fun just by going to a local swimming pool!
Backyard camping is always a blast!
If you live by some beautiful mountains, or a lake surrounded by nature, then camping might only be a small drive away. However, if you don’t live near a great camping spot, then that doesn’t mean that you don’t get to partake in some of the joys that camping has to offer! Indeed, for you and your family, backyard camping comes with its own set of benefits that make it an absolute blast. Pitching tents up in the backyard and roasting dinner over a fire pit gives you some of the best things to do when you go camping, but in the very comforts of your own backyard!
Do something creative
Using a creative project to frame your staycation around is a great way to give your mind something therapeutic to focus on, and to add fulfillment to the rest of your staycation. This could mean working on a painting that you’ve always wanted to do, writing a song that’s been on your mind, or even just doing a large amount of sidewalk chalk with your child.
Staycations can have mental benefits
Staycations aren’t just fun. They’re actually good for your mental health! Whether you like staycations because they allow you to enjoy family time without worrying about the expense and stress of traveling with kids, or because they give you the chance to spend quality time AWAY from your family to refresh, they can reinvigorate you for the work that you have to do. This article has more information about the positive effects of a vacation in your life.
Do you and your family like to make the most of the vacationing opportunities within a day’s drive? Comment below with your own ideas and suggestions.
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