7 Reasons to Skip the Trip & Plan a Staycation
I hope you all had a great Easter weekend. Our church always does a “sunrise service” on Easter morning with a big breakfast afterwards. I really enjoy that tradition and I feel like the early morning service really makes Easter more special by starting the day with the focus on Christ right from the beginning.
Now that Easter is over summer is almost here. (Wow this year is going fast!) If you’re starting to think about planning your summer vacation already then this post is for you. After enjoying such a great staycation with my in-laws during their visit last month, I felt inspired to write about why you should plan a staycation. So, here are seven reasons to skip the trip and choose a staycation instead.
1. You get more sleep
I feel like the fact that this is my first point is a little lame – and maybe proves I’m getting old – but it’s seriously what first popped into my head. Kids sleep SOOOO much better in their own beds, and when the kids sleep better, so do the parents! As much as I loved our little beach vacation last summer and our visit with family in Mexico at Christmas, I did not love how little the kids slept! By contrast, during our staycation the kids slept extra well in their own beds after all our fun activities.
2. You save money
Ok, maybe not that much, but having no travel costs will save you a lot! This means that more of your hard-earned money stays in the bank. Or, you can splurge on activities or restaurants that you wouldn’t have been able to afford if you’d also had to pay to travel.
3. You get the chance to be a tourist in your own city
How many of you have cool sights/activities/tourist destinations in your own city that you’ve never taken the time to go see? We definitely do since we live close to Dallas. It’s a lot a fun to experience your own city/town through the eyes of a tourist. We still have a lot of places we want to check out in our area, hopefully in the near future!
4. You get to skip the long trips in the car with tired kids
This is pretty self explanatory haha. I used to like road trips… now, not quite so much.
5. Did I mention sleep?
This point is so important to me that I thought I’d better mention it twice haha! Plus, I love pictures of Sofia sleeping. 😉
6. You still have access to your regular babysitters (so you can go on dates!)
Vacationing with kids makes for great family memories but sometimes it’s nice to be able to leave the kids behind and sneak off with your spouse for a much-needed date. If you choose a staycation, you’ll have your regular babysitter/s conveniently on hand! I’m super lucky to have sisters nearby who my kids adore and who love to babysit.
7. You don’t end up needing a vacation after your vacation
Hmm couldn’t really come up with a good picture to go with this last point, but we’ve all felt this way right? After an awesome vacation (and a long trip back home) you feel like you need another vacation to rest up from the first! A staycation, on the other hand, will leave you feeling rested and refreshed rather than exhausted after a long drive home.
And that’s it! Seven reasons (ok, six plus a repeat) for why you should plan a staycation. Don’t want to take my word for it? Try it yourself! 🙂
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