I am a planner by nature, so for me, planning the vacation has always been as fun as going on the vacation itself! I sincerely love every aspect of it…researching things to see and do, finding the best deals, and locating those can’t miss restaurants! And since my oldest daughter is so much like me in every way, I knew she’d enjoy getting in on the planning too!
We started with a trip to a local visitors bureau to pick up various visitors guides for our area. And since it happened to be next door to a doughnut shop, we couldn’t resist grabbing a booth and a couple of doughnuts, while we browsed through our pamplets and dreamed of all the things we wanted to do!
We started by just brainstorming a list of all the things that sounded fun for our staycation, then circled those things that we most wanted to do.
As we continued our discussion, the girls quickly started making plans for which days they wanted to go swimming and do other various outdoor things. But with our crazy weather, I knew that we’d need a little more information before we could get that detailed with our planning. So, I ended up creating a planning sheet for them so they could better make their daily plans without being disappointed later. On it, they recorded the forecasted weather, the activities they hoped to do, and our dining options.
We had fun working together to planning our staycation! I know the girls felt important being able to help decide what we would do and when we would do it! And the fun thing is that we brainstormed enough ideas that we’ve got plenty to choose from for a second staycation later in the summer!
The thing to remember about a staycation is that you don’t have to try and fill your itinerary with places you’ve never been. Why not go back to a place you’ve been a million times before, but do something there that you’ve never done! Look online at Visitor’s Bureau websites or local events calendars and see what you can find! We’ve been to our local arboretum countless times, but for the first time last week, we not only took butterfly nets and tried our hand at catching butterflies, but the girls also used my camera to take photos to enter in the Arboretum’s annual photo contest. Those two simple little things made that one visit like no other, and it’s all the girls could talk about afterwards!
To help you with your own staycation planning, here are a couple great resources:
- Planning a Great Staycation - LifeasMOM contributor, Amy, provides some wonderful tips on how to be a tourist in your hometown while still relaxing and feeling as though you’re on vacation.
- Inexpensive Vacation or Staycation Fun in 86 US Destinations - MomsTravelTales has joined with 86 other bloggers who are sharing the best inexpensive fun in their own hometowns.
And if you’d like to use the brainstorming and planning sheets that we used, you can download them by clicking on the image below:
Happy Planning ; )