Home // Men’s Health Tips // Lower Stress // How to Plan A Kick-Ass Staycation

How to Plan A Kick-Ass Staycation

by | Nov 16, 2016 | Lower Stress | 0 comments

Reading Time: ( Word Count: )

If you think vacations have to cost an arm and a leg (or your left foot or nut), think again. In fact, you can get all the benefits of an out-of-town getaway — better sex, A Guy’s Guide to Mental Health-busting rest and relaxation, quality time with family and so on — without spending a dime on transportation or accommodations. How is that possible? Simple: By taking a staycation.

Transforming your abode and hometown into a kick-ass staycation destination couldn’t be easier. The trick is to make being at home way more fun than normal by living it up on the activities side. Here’s how it’s done:

STEP 1: Take Inventory

  • Indoor spaces: Do you have room in your garage for a foosball tournament, or space in your home for Guitar Hero or some board gaming?
  • Outdoor spaces: Do you have an outdoor space at your disposal? For instance: Is your yard big enough to accommodate outdoor activities, can you see yourself hosting a snowball fight with family, or is there space for a tent during the warmer seasons?
  • Nearby Attractions: What about your neighborhood, town or city? A staycation also gives you the opportunity to try local tourist attractions you know so well (but never actually do).

STEP 2: Create a Wish List

Now that you know what’s possible, compile a list of all the activities you’d like to do. Add or subtract from the list based on your budget and the time you’ve booked off. This can be a very satisfying process, what with all the extra money you aren’t spending on travel costs! Then, slot the items on your wish list into your staycation days.

STEP 3: Stock Up

Pick up the items you need to make your staycation happen: A foosball table, hockey tickets, a Monopoly game…you get the idea. Remember to stock the fridge with food and drink that’s out of the ordinary, and make sure the BBQ propane tank is topped up.

Pro Tip: Set the tone for your kick-ass staycation by setting up an out-of-office email alert and turning your cell phone to airplane mode or do not disturb.

Finally, get in the mood by rearranging your living room furniture for a fresh perspective. Hang some patio lanterns. Cue Bryan Adams’ Summer of ‘69…and you’re off!

Do you have any awesome staycation tips or ideas? Leave a comment below!

Adam Bisby
Adam Bisby

Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. He’s been covering men’s health for over 20 years. As well as researching and blogging for Don’t Change Much since 2015, Adam’s award-winning work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and National Post newspapers.

Do You Like This Blog?

As a national charity, we depend on your donations to provide our services to Canadians. Every contribution counts.

Don’t Change Much is a proven health resource inspiring men and their families to live healthier. With reliable information and easy health tips, we know every guy and their family can make small changes that will greatly impact their health.

Let’s Talk!

Did you enjoy this article? Let us know in the comments.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Our comments are moderated and are made live after they’ve been reviewed. If you disagree with anything in the article or comments please do let us know, but be polite so we can have a constructive discussion where everyone has the opportunity to learn.

More From

Lower Stress

How a Shift in Perspective Changed My Life

How a Shift in Perspective Changed My Life

Living Better with a South Asian Twist Changing one simple word in one simple question made all the difference for me. I was always kind and generous. I was always there for my wife and kids. Yet my life had gone from full and happy to crappy and chaotic. My wife of...

Hosting a Free Online Holiday Party – The ‘How-to’ Guide

Hosting a Free Online Holiday Party – The ‘How-to’ Guide

This year it seems Santa has decided to punish us for global warming, leaving the toilet seat up, or some “who-knows-what” naughtiness. The big lump of coal in our stockings: Being unable to get together with friends and family during the holidays. Well, call us nasty...

Stress-Slaying Hacks for Last-Minute Gift Shopping

Stress-Slaying Hacks for Last-Minute Gift Shopping

It’s the most stress-ridden, holly jolly time of the year, especially if, like most guys, you still have plenty of last-minute shopping to do before the big holiday. While the average Canadian plans on spending $630 on gifts, it’s not about how much the gifts cost....

Pin It on Pinterest