Plan The Ultimate Staycation
Haven't you heard??? Staycations are the new vacations! It is so much cooler these days to stay home, rather than have fun in the sun at some swanky beach resort. Oh wait, actually, the economy tanked, gas prices sky-rocketed, and we must remember to be green-minded...right? And thus, your flip-flopped feet are staying home this summer. It's not that bad, though! I will help you have the ULTIMATE Staycation.
Start Your Engines
Figuratively speaking, anyway. Contrary to what the above image indicates, swimming in your bath tub will not suffice for the “pool” part of your staycation. And yes, there must be a pool contingency. But, more on that later. First off, here’s how to begin the planning process:
Okay, you could go visit the public pool, but that may already be part of your summer regimen. And the goal here is to bring the vacation TO you. Which means you should buy a kiddie pool for the backyard or living room. How can you say no to a $24.99 Banzai Elephant Park Spray Pool?
You can’t lounge in a classy elephant pool without an equally classy drink to go in your hand. (Some munchies won’t hurt either). My go-to girl for such classiness is, of course, Martha Stewart, and she is thinking that Lemonade Caipirinhas would ever so perfectly complement the hours whiled away in an inflatable water receptacle. Here is how to make them:
Transfer the cachaca mixture to a large serving pitcher, add ice, and stir in lemonade. Pour into glasses and drink up!
Usually when I’m on a real vacation, I take issue with watching or going to movies because it’s an activity that can be done anywhere, as opposed to swamp tours and parasailing. I have also happened to choose the wrong (read: not uppers) movies while at the beach: The Pianist and The Blair-Witch Project. Not exactly films that put you in the mood to be a lazy-daisy without a care in the world.
Rainy Day Contingency Plan
Every vacation is met with a bump or two in the road: it’s called the rainy day. (Or snakes in the backyard, jellyfish stings, head cold, broken leg, or relationship meltdown). In the event of a lightning storm, the kiddie pool isn’t such a good idea. Not a good way to die, I’m guessing.
Leave The House Already
Taking a staycation doesn’t mean you are confined to your house. This is the perfect time to explore your environs, whether you live in a big city or small town. Make a list of places you’ve always meant to go to, or even places you’ve visited only when hosting people-museums, parks, gardens, historical landmarks-and plan a fun day out.
Make It Memorable
Take pictures of everything you do, videotape it, or find some way of recording your staycation.