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“Staycations” Oct 07

People generally like a change of scene when they vacation, but sometimes a change of routine is enough. Actually, it usually isn’t enough, but if you plan to try to vacation at home, here are a few tips:

  • Do something different. Plan a major project and carry it out. Do not sit in front of the TV.
  • Eat in a different room. Eat out at least once. Eat something you don’t usually eat. Take turns cooking. Do not follow your usual eating routine.
  • Do something you like but never seem to have time for, even if it means taking a break from that project.
  • Throw a party at the end of the staycation. Doesn’t have to be a big party, or fancy. One extra couple and pot luck is enough. Show off your completed project.

Two types of people get the most out of a staycation:

  • People whose hobby is their house. Picture a gardener with a fabulous collection of roses, or a guy who makes wonderful furniture in his wood shop. A staycation is okay if they have no desire to go anywhere, but consider a trip related to your hobby: visit a famous rose garden, or furniture museum.
  • People who have a major project before them. The chance to put in concentrated effort and get the whole thing done all at once is too valuable to pass up. Maybe the bathroom needs remodeling, or you want to class up the kitchen. Both of those rooms benefit from quick transition from old to new. If this is you, you should still schedule some kind of break, such as dinner and a movie.

But next chance you get, travel!

Have you ever vacationed at home? How did it go? What did you do? Add a comment by clicking the comment link below.

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Types of vacations Sep 29

I suppose everyone could come up with a list of kinds of vacations, and most of the lists would be different. Here’s my list, sorted more or less by luxury. I invite you, dear reader, to comment and add your own compendium of the varieties of travel, or your opinions about the ones in my list.

  1. The “staycation.” Stay at home and work. Not much fun. More on that in another post.
  2. Camping. I’m thinking Boundary Waters Canoe Area here. Really roughing it—sleep on the ground, eat your own cooking. For some, especially Scouts, this is regarded as great fun. More on that in a future post. You can include motorcycle trips in this category. More on that in another post.
  3. Visit the relatives. We’re sorting this list by luxury, remember, not enjoyability. Depending on your relatives (and you), this can be a pretty good experience, especially if it doesn’t last too long. Guests and fish stink after three days, the saying goes. Be sure to take them out for dinner as a thank-you.
  4. A road trip to a vacation spot. Your destination is some place of geographical or historical interest, with a decent place to lay your head. Budgets can vary a lot, but you always spend more than you planned, and total fun is inversely proportional to distance from home.
  5. Cruise, resort, or some exotic location—planned and handled by a travel agency. This is by far the easiest way to travel, and the cost doesn’t have to be prohibitive. If you (ahem) find an agency that does discounts, you can actually get a really good deal. You come home refreshed, and not broke.

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