I have to admit, this weekend I had a little FOMO. You might have felt it too, seeing all the other bloggers and friends you have going to Coachella. If you’re anything like me, your hopes of going to Coachella are slim this go around. But, keep your head up babes, there’s always next year.
Instead of moping and fantasizing about what it would be like to go to the desert I decided to take some action. Why not have my own little get away while staying at home? So that was my inspiration for…
The Ultimate Staycation Guide
It’s like vacation but less expensive! For those of you who may be unfamiliar, a staycation is defined as “a vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.” SO yes, exactly as it sounds. However, this simple idea is not always as easy to organize as you may think. In order to have a legitimate staycation you have to treat it like a real vacation. If not, it might not be everything you may be expecting or hoping for. Plan. Organize. Execute.
(and remember, this is only a guide. what’s most important is you have fun)
Think ahead when it comes to planning your staycation. How long would you like your staycation to be? A weekend? A full week? Whatever you decide make sure you set aside that time for the activities you want to do. This is your time to spend by yourself or with your loved ones doing something fun. Just because you are close to home doesn’t mean you aren’t on vacation.
Also consider how far you would ultimately like to travel for your staycation. I recommend not really going further than an hour away if at all possible. Part of what keeps staycations interesting is finding local events happening in your area. It can be just as fun to explore your hometown as it would be exploring somewhere far away.
I recommend you begin planning your staycation at least one weekend or 7 days before. I procrastinate so this is really important for me to remember. I’m really pretty horrible at putting simple things off until the last-minute. Having this amount of time beforehand gives you enough time to take care of the various errands of life if you procrastinate like me. It would really be a bummer to get to your staycation time and remember your car desperately needs an oil change.
When organizing your staycation first look at local events that are happening in the area! For example, for our staycation, Matthew and I visited the Lubbock Arts Festival that happened this past weekend. It turned out to be a really great event to go to. Being new to Lubbock, I’ve been looking for more of the artsy areas. This event had several local artists that had paintings, food, pottery and so much more. It was pretty great to see the community come together and support local art.
My favorite artist at the festival was Shanda O’Neill. All of her work is beautiful. She uses bright colors, more realistic design and there’s a certain flair about it that I love but couldn’t tell you what is because I have 0 art education. But for sure check out Shanda O’Neill. I would hang her work all over my house if I could.
ALSO, because this weekend was Coachella and you can’t just ignore that, we included it in our staycation lol. Youtube had this really great thing going on where they were streaming Coachella live! It was pretty sweet because you could make your own setlist so you make sure not to miss an artist you’re into. I’ve heard this service was for the first weekend only. So if you missed it this go around, fingers crossed for next year.
The last part of your staycation adventure is to execute. You’ve planned everything out and gotten all your life errands done before hand. You’re organized the activities you want to do. All that’s left is to commit to it and have fun! I totally understand wanting to get out of the house and do something fun, but not having the time or budget to actually go anywhere. Trust me, a staycation can be just as fun. Don’t get bogged down with the idea that there’s nothing to do in your town or at home. There’s always local events going on in your town. If you’re in Lubbock, check out our local calendar! For those of you who aren’t, I encourage you to find your town’s local events and plan your next staycation!