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Summer is winding down, and if you have children, it may be over. Even so, taking some time to relax and recharge, if possible, is a terrific way to make the most of the last few weeks before the weather begins to cool. For Chicago homeowners planning to turn their vacations into staycations, here are some ideas to help you make the most of it:
Make Your Plans in Advance
Commonly, people will take a week off of work for their staycation, feeling relieved to have no plans and a free schedule. And while having days without any structure is appealing, not planning anything at all can make your staycation feel a bit disappointing. Especially in the case of a staycation with the whole family, planning even a few things in advance can ensure more of a vacation feel. Maybe it’s just a family game night, a special meal, or some time completely to yourself. Whichever it is, finding a balance between structure and freedom is key.
As I mentioned, some structure may improve your overall experience, but going too far in the opposite direction can be just as detrimental to your staycation. Placing too many time requirements on your week (or weekend) can make the time feel rushed and exhausting— the antithesis of what you’re probably looking for. Adding a few plans to anchor the day is smart and leaving space for flexibility will create a relaxed vacation dynamic.
Get Input from the Whole Family
If you’re planning a staycation for the entire family, it’s a smart idea to talk about it ahead of time. What is everyone’s idea of the ideal staycation? What are the activities each person would like to include? Talking to everyone in your family, even younger children, can set the tone for a successful staycation for all.
Make Full Use of Your Space
Finally, the key to a satisfying staycation is enjoying your space to the fullest. How can you best transform your house into a space for fun and relaxation? Make sure chores and maintenance are completed ahead of time, so you can avoid the constant nag of things to do. Conversely, including a project or two around the house can make you feel productive and purposeful. Find the balance that works for you.
A staycation is a lovely, inexpensive way to recharge before the colder weather arrives. With a little forethought, it can be every bit as fun-filled and relaxing as a regular vacation. Enjoy!