In this pandemic season when travel opportunities are limited, there are other good reasons to take a staycation, which is a shorter time away from work with your family. Those benefits include money savings, travel time savings, and convenience related to school year demands, pregnancy, the need to care for aging parents, and work demands.
Here are some ideas for one-day staycations:
- Plan a day hike.
- Take a picnic and outdoor games to a local park.
- Spend a day at a nearby lake.
- Rent kayaks for lake or river paddling.
- Fashion an outdoor tea party for the family.
- Create a front-yard music festival for passersby.
- Create a back-yard movie theater with a white sheet hung on the side of your house and a projector hooked up to your computer.
- Take a reading retreat in a quiet spot in the outdoors.
- Put together a boxed lunch, take a drive out of town, and stop someplace beautiful for a picnic.
- Create your own family spa complete with facials and mutual back rubs, manicures, and pedicures.
- Visit a historic site open in your area that you’ve never seen.
- Watch an online art museum tour, and then create your own masterpieces with your family.
- Create a family food festival for the back yard—with each family member making a different dish from your family’s heritage.
- Plan a porch party. Decorate your porch, provide music and refreshments, and dance the night away. Learn to line dance or ballroom dance by watching videos online.
- Rent a convertible and take the family on a daylong road trip.
- Camp out in your back yard and cook hotdogs on a stick with s’mores for dessert. Play flashlight tag and other night games.
50 Life Lessons For Grads
Janet McHenry is a national speaker and author of twenty-four books, including the bestselling PrayerWalk and her newest, The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus. She and her husband Craig raised their four children in the Sierra Valley of northern California, where he is a rancher. They love to kayak on the beautiful mountain lakes. She’s a member of Christian Authors Network. Connect through her website: https://www.janetmchenry.com.
In my book, Becoming a Brave New Woman, I share one of the moments of exhaustion that we all experience at one time or another:
I had weeks of back-to-back speaking engagements. On a trip to Colorado, I remember thinking, “Wow, this is great! My flight got booked with some breathing space. I’ll get there early, take a nap, shower and feel so refreshed.” I arrived at the Denver airport only to discover that my connecting flight was canceled, and I was stuck in the airport for five hours. I would have to dress for the event in the airport restroom and step off the plane and go immediately to my speaking engagement. My heart sank. How was I ever going to get the rest I needed stranded in an airport?
I walked the terminal and prayed. I spotted an empty gate; one that had a door that opened to the outside with fresh air streaming in. With a little ingenuity, I created my own lounge chair by placing my suitcase under my legs and my purse under my head. I began to read a book by A.W. Tozer about the character of God. The book was packed with verses, and I just devoured it. As I read, some birds hopped into the terminal and began to feed on the crumbs of tourist food. I thought of the verse, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (Matt. 6:26).
I smiled, read the final page of my book and drifted off to sweet slumber – in the airport! I awoke an hour later, refreshed and thankful that those who wait on the Lord gain renewed strength.
Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti by Bill & Pam Farrel
Pam Farrel is an international speaker, author of 46 books including Devotions for Women on the Go, and Discovering Hope in the Psalms: A Creative Bible Study Experience. She and her husband Bill co-direct Love-Wise, helping people with their most vital relationships. When she is not speaking or writing, you may find her kayaking to get her mail from her home on a live aboard boat in Southern California.