Family Staycation

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The last post in our {Planning Your Vacations Series}
is what I call our {Family Staycation.}
This is a week I plan activities
within our home and close to where we live.

A lot of us not only have neat places to visit right by us,
but there's also a lot of things you can do for free!
We like to do this because it's a really
inexpensive way to have some fun family time.

Here's the steps we take to plan our {Family Staycation}.

Update: Updated Checklist and Printables can be found here.
An easy way to turn your home into a Hotel and a regular week at home into a fun filled week of memories; have a family vacation in your own home! Whether you're on a tight budget or can splurge, a Family Staycation is a great way to make fun memories with your family. The Staycation Kit comes ready to go, complete with ideas, printables, and a checklist! Hotel Printables include Room Keys, Room Signs, Door Hanging Signs, Hotel Sign, and Complimentary Snacks Card. LOVE doing this with my fam.

1. Choosing the Date

  • When should it be? We always plan our {Staycation} during a slow week in the year. Summer and spring are usually busy for us so we like to pick sometime around the end of August or September so we have something to look forward to after all the fun summer months are over.

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2. The Setup
  • The Hotel: I found this great post on turning your house into a hotel, complete with free printables. She provides {Room Numbers}, {Room Keys}, {Door Signs}, and {Complimentary Snacks} signs. I like to print off enough items for the people in our family.
  • The Bed and Breakfast Nook: I also like to turn my bed room into a Bed and Breakfast Nook by bringing in a small table and chairs so my husband and I can enjoy some quiet breakfasts in our room.
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3. The Food
  • Breakfast: The Saturday before our Staycation, I purchase breakfast items for our {Continental Breakfast.} I buy things that will make eating breakfast fun, but requires little preparation for the week.
    • Boiled Eggs
    • Bagels and Cream Cheese
    • Bananas/Other Fresh Fruit
    • Muffins
    • English Muffins
    • Fun Cereals
    • Orange Juice
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  • Snacks: I usually keep a few snacks on hand and ready to go so people can grab a treat, just like you would in a hotel. Here's a few ideas:
4. The Activities
  • What should we do? We plan an activity for each day of the week, usually for the evening. We go about our daily schedules, and then meet up at night for the fun! Here's an idea of a typical schedule:
    • Monday: Outside Games (basketball, tennis, baseball, Frisbee, etc.)
    • Tuesday: Movie Night (either at home with treats or at a theater)
    • Wednesday: Board Game Night
    • Thursday: Cook a fun dessert or treat together
    • Friday: Outdoor cookout
    • Saturday: Go somewhere fun nearby
There you have it!
I hope this post helps give some ideas
on how to plan your {Family Staycation},
and if anything,
remind us that you don't always have to spend
money to make the best memories.

 Next week I'll have printable summaries
for each vacation we've gone through
so be sure to check back!

Thanks for stopping by!

 






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Family Vacation

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So the next vacation our family plans each year
is our {Family Vacation.}
This is a vacation where we get away
somewhere together.

It doesn't have to be far or expensive;
just an opportunity to be together
and do something different than the day to day.

Here's the steps we take to plan our {Family Vacation}.


1. The Location
  • Picking Where to Go: Since we're on a budget, we generally pick places that are close. 
    • Enjoy Utah has 10 easy vacations in Utah planned for you on her site, complete with where to stay and what to do.

2. Choosing Where to Stay
  • Hotels: We generally stay in hotels on our vacations. Expedia and Priceline can help you get some great deals. 

  • Camping:  Camping is another really great way to go if you're not wanting to spend a lot of money. Here's a {free camping checklist} for what to bring.

3. Choosing How to Get There
  • Flying: If you choose to fly, AirFareWatchDog can is a great site to set up price alerts so you can get the best price.

  • Driving: If you choose to drive, here's a few of my favorite "Road Trip" posts with ideas and free printables!
    • Road Trip Date
    • Rad Road Trips
    • {Tip:} If you call Bing (1-800-246-4411), you can say "Cheap Gas" and the area your traveling in and it will give you the best gas prices nearby!
4. Food
  • Breakfast: We always stay in Hotels that have free continental breakfasts to save money on food. We try to stay in Hotels that have the hot breakfast because they usually have more choices and you can grab a fruit or yogurt for a snack later.
hotel Atlanta -- Montmartre - near Sacre Cœur church - continental breakfast - croissants - charming hotel
  • Dinner: For dinner we usually eat out and enjoy trying new places. Again, if you call  Bing (1-800-246-4411), it will give you a list and rating of different places to eat in the area, along with phone numbers and directions.
  • Lunch: I saved this for last because in the past, we usually brought a small cooler filled with:
    • Bread
    • Cheese
    • Meats
    • Sandwich dressings
    • String Cheese
    • Yogurts
    • Apples
    • Carrots
    • Granola Bars
    • Treats
HOWEVER
    • The last time I was pregnant, I couldn't keep dinners down, but could eat lunch just fine. (Anyone else only had night sickness?) We didn't want to be wasting money on food I couldn't keep down, so we ate out during lunch and ate our sandwiches and simple snacks for dinner. And we found we liked eating this way better! Why?
      • Cheaper meals! Lunch prices are quite a bit cheaper but you generally get the same amount of food as a dinner portion. Many times we kept our leftovers and just ate them for dinner.
      • We were on the go all day so a big lunch kept us full, but then we also "worked it off" during the rest of the day. Ending with a small meal and then relaxing was a great way to finish the days.
5. Packing

UPDATE: New All-In-One Packing List & Kid's Packing Cards found here!

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  • Children's Packing List: This {free printable} is great for babies or small children.

  • Adult Packing List: Use this {free printable} checklist to remember what to pack.

  • Before You Leave Checklist: Be sure to lock up tight and follow the steps on the {Before We Leave} list before you head out.
6. Traveling Tip
  • Bing 411: Bing 411 has been an amazing tool for us as we've traveled. For those of you who don't have internet on your phones, this is your answer! There's no charge to use it, other than the usage of your minutes and texts. Here's a few of my favorite features:
    • Find directions and phone numbers to local shops and restaurants
    • Hear or receive text driving directions to locations
    • Listen to current weather conditions
    • Get traffic updates
    • Visit Bing 411 to learn more!

Hopefully this helps give you some guidelines
and free resources to making planning your
{Family Vacation} a little easier!

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