How to make sure your at-home vacation doesn't feel more like work.
With gas prices skyrocketing out of control, many families are skipping vacations this year and opting instead for the "staycation" -- the vacation where you don't leave home. But can staying home really be a vacation? Yes, if you follow our top 5 guidelines:
Give yourself a break.
It's not going to feel like vacation if you are cleaning and doing laundry every second. Designate some
free time where you don't worry about the zillion-and-one things you have to do, then stick to it.
Turn off the phone and computer -- at least part of the time.
If your phone is ringing off the hook or you're checking email constantly, it's hard to relax. Unplug.
Go sightseeing in your own town.
Surely there are some things you haven't seen yet, simply because you live there. See your surroundings through a tourist's eyes and you might be surprised at what you find.
Take "staycation" photos.
Even though you're not in Hawaii or the Grand Canyon, you can still take family photos that are just as memorable.
Book a babysitter.
One of the perks of being home is that you have access to trusted childcare. Treat yourself to at least one kid-free night during your staycation.
What are your secrets to a great "staycation"?