10 Great Stacations to Relax and Recharge
If you need a break but can’t take a “real” vacation, you can still get away and recharge your internal batteries. Maybe you can’t spare more than a day, but you yearn for a new experience in a new environment. Maybe you just want to step away and clear your mind so that you can approach your work with a fresh perspective. If you’re struggling to maintain your focus, you can recharge by going on a “Staycation!”
If you’ve tried to rent a car in the past month, you know how expensive they are right now. That is, if you can actually get one! COVID restrictions have relaxed just in time for summer travel and that is what everyone in the world is doing right now. A pre-COVID vacation is twice as expensive, takes twice as long to plan, and is fraught with delays.
Spending Time on YOU is Critical !
If you can’t dedicate the time, funds, or energy to a conventional vacation, it is still important for you to get away. Studies show that we solve most of our more complex problems while we’re in a relaxed daydream-like state. These “brain breaks” are important to maintain focus and generate new ideas.
Creativity can’t be forced. By letting your mind wander and seeing something new, you can fuel your creative process. That wandering mind enables you to feel rested, calm, stress-free, and fulfilled. It renews your energy so you can accomplish more and maintain the stamina to continue. When we neglect to take time away from routine activities, we can become depressed, stressed, and generally unhappy.
Consider using these strategies to change your scenery:
- Block out at least one day a month on your calendar for a Stacation. Make time for yourself by adding it to your calendar and make it a priority. As you fill out your planner, include it along with your other important tasks and stick to the appointment!
- Go to a local hotel lobby or your city’s welcome center. Find the kiosk with pamphlets of local tourist attractions. Pay attention to places and events you would not normally visit. Start visiting them on your Staycation days. As an added treat act like a tourist and before you leave the hotel, enjoy a sumptuous meal in the hotel dining room.
- Take a guided tour. Book a ride on a double-decker, amphibious bus, or ordinary tour bus and make sure it features a driver who narrates while passing points of interest. Most hotels are affiliated with tour companies that pick up and drop off at the door. Buy your ticket and join the tour with the “real” tourists.
- Learn local history. Spend time at the library and research your town’s history. On designated Stacation days, pack your lunch, your camera and visit historical sites. In New England, where I live, there are British and Colonial forts all along the coast. You can also find history in old cemeteries, churches, light houses, and non-art museums.
- Go on a photo shoot. Whether you have a smartphone or a DSLR (digital single lens reflex), learn how to take advantage of your camera’s photo and editing features. Learn to compose great shots, then learn techniques to turn your work into art.
- Route for your local sports team. If you love sports, you can go to a match, bring your kids to a game or even volunteer to coach little league. As a coach, you will bring team play to the sport and you will be in the company of other passionate locals. You will contribute to the spirit of your city.
- Find the biggest or best tourist attractions near you. Find the biggest ball of yarn, the tallest lighthouse, the best maple syrup, or the heaviest pumpkin. Take pictures, take selfies and post them on your favorite social media.
- Tour your local brewery. If you like beer, find out who is making it near you. Visit the pub and make friends with the owner. If you are lucky, you will not only have a great brew, but you might go home with the recipe.
- Become a tour guide for family and friends. Learn as much as you can about your home town then Invite friends from out of town and show them around. Or, schedule a home town tour with your family.
- Create your own adventure. If you are a biker or hiker, map out a new route, pack a lunch, and grab your gear. While on your mini-adventure, try looking at everything from a different perspective. Take note of what is most invigorating and drink it in.
These are suggestions for summer Stacations but you can use the same strategies for fall and winter day trips. Just use your project management skills and plan them each month in advance.
Just because you can’t get on an airplane or rent a car, doesn’t mean you can’t get away. Take this opportunity to discover your own backyard and look at your city through a different lens. You will help your local economy by spending money at home and you might just find yourself falling in love with your own town.
Recharge your Batteries and Plan your Ideal Future
If you find yourself stuck or procrastinating about doing the things that are really important, you could be trying to employ a strategy that won’t work for you anymore. You may not even realize how much you are stopping yourself until you first identify, then change these strategies. When you put new strategies in place, you can get moving again. That’s where I can help.
Schedule a Life Goals Discovery Session today. You will come away with clarity about what you really want; you will uncover hidden and not so hidden obstacles that are holding you back; You will map out a plan to get you started, and you will be inspired to make it really happen.