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Ten Tips For A Successful "Staycation"

 - by Marie-Christine Lochot, NCTMB (republished with permission)

Gingerbread house with gumdrops

This year with the slowdown of the economy more people are staying home during their vacation. There are advantages to staying home besides saving money: no stressful traveling, no jet lag, no need to pack, and also a chance to discover what is in your backyard and to enjoy your home.

1. Take care of your household chores beforeyour staycation starts.
2.Do not schedule a home/garden project.
3. Rest, try to just "be."
4. Shut off the Blackberry, stay off the email.
5. Have a day without a plan, be spontaneous.
6. Don't set your alarm clock, sleep as long as you need.
7. Take day trips. If you need ideas, go to Roadside America.
8. Enjoy your town: restaurants, museums, parks, and shops.
9. Schedule a massage.
10. Have a potluck dinner with friends you never have time to see - celebrate, have fun.

Bon Voyage!

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What is your plan this summer? Are you too busy to plan an "away" vacation? Do you have a fun staycation tip? Share your ideas and experiences with us!

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