I Need a Staycation

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Just over a year ago, as my family was preparing to move, we took a day and visited all of our favorite spots in Seattle.  It was a staycation for us and one of our favorite memories as a family.  We visited Pike’s Market (and watched them throw fish), ate at Anthony’s Fish Bar on the waterfront, drove past my old office, visited the Space Needle, and all of our old stomping grounds in Sandpoint. I took photos of everything because I knew it would be the last time, in a long time, we would be in this city we loved, together. (I think I’m sufficiently homesick now…lol.)

This summer, my family and I will be taking some staycations again.  We hope to get out and explore the area that we have lived in for less than a year.  Because we are new to our area, I purchased a travel book and have had my kids go through it and pick out some things they want to see and do.  If you are not new to your area though, here are some ideas to help you brainstorm:

  • When tourists come to your town or neighboring towns, what do they typically visit?
  • What restaurants do tourists eat at?
  • What are some sites you haven’t seen that you would like to see?
  • What are some of the “hole-in-the-wall” places that only locals know about? (my family has often found that those are the best places to visit on vacations)
  • If you were moving soon, what sites would you want to see one last time?
  • While you are out visiting sites, take photos like a tourist would (i.e. you might not ever see it again), not like someone who lives there and knows they will be coming back.
  • Is there a community pool, waterpark, or beach that you could take a picnic to and pretend to be on a tropical vacation?
  • Set a budget and let your kids pick out a souvenir (we prefer shirts or sweatshirts over toys at our house…they seem to get more use and don’t break)
  • Buy some postcards and send them to loved ones.
  • If you are really brave, inform your friends and neighbors that you will be on a staycation and unable to answer the door or phone (better yet, turn the phone off).

If you want more information:

An article about Staycations

Another idea for a mini vacation

If you venture out

on a staycation, drop me a note, I would love to hear about it!