Last week, Ed shared eight tips for saving money on vacation, and this morning I shared another eight travel saving tips. With those excellent tips as backdrop, I wanted to share with you the mother of all travel saving tips:
For those that can’t (or don’t want to) check out the video, it’s a humorous piece from The Onion that advises taking a vacation entirely in your mind. While this is intended as a joke, it does bring up the possibility of taking a “staycation, ” where you stay home and relax, visit local attractions, etc.
Not only can you save a good bit of money by taking a staycation, but you’ll probably return to work more relaxed and re-energized than if you had actually headed out of town for vacation. The key is to actually not work.
In the few cases where we’ve done a staycation, I’ve made a point of telling people at work that I’ll be away for the week, I’ve set up an auto-reply for my e-mail, etc. And guess what? It’s worked great. Have you ever done a staycation?