Staycation at Home, Sweet Home
December 12, 2008
STAYCATION AT HOME, SWEET HOME
Date: December 12, 2008
Media Contact: Elizabeth Gray, 801-257-5329, email@example.com
SALT LAKE CITY--A holiday staycation (stay-at-home holiday vacation) may be nestled under the tree for many families this holiday season. Many people are reassessing their holiday travel plans and spending habits in favor of less expensive and more intimate holiday vacations that begin at home.
According to a new "Ouch Point" survey from Opinion Research Corporation, an infoGROUP company, 72 percent of people are planning to stay close to home this holiday season due to economic conditions. Even if a holiday staycation was not on your holiday wish list, it is easy to create the holiday of your dreams right at home. Below are a few tips for relaxing and enjoying your holiday staycation.
- Set a Departure and an Arrival Time
Even during a staycation you need to designate a start and end date for your vacation. This makes the time you spend on your vacation official and decreases the risk of it feeling like any regular day at home.
Just because you are staying close to home for the holidays doesn't mean you can't take time off work. Take the time off work, just like you would if you were flying to Grandma's house for the holidays. Do not work or screen calls from the office--don't even check your e-mail until after your holiday staycation is over.
- Change Your Routine
It won't feel much like a holiday vacation if you stick to your everyday routine. Be unstructured and spontaneous. If you don't normally go to a midnight showing at the movie theater, try it out! Or stay in your pajamas all day--change things up! Remember, this is your big chance to escape from your normal routine (it will still be waiting for you when your vacation is over).
- Try Something New
Another part of changing up your routine involves trying new things or accomplishing a goal that you have wanted to start but didn't have time to do. Learn how to bake your grandmother's famous bundt cake, learn how to ski, or maybe just rearrange your furniture. What you do doesn't matter so long as it doesn't seem like work. The whole point of a staycation is to relax.
- Preserve Your Staycation
You always take pictures and videos while on vacation. Why should your staycation be any different? Before your staycation is over, print your photos and spend time with your family creating a holiday scrapbook or album to preserve memories of the vacation you took right at home. Or you can create handcrafted holiday decorations to commemorate your staycation experience.
If you have never created a scrapbook before, don't let it scare you--remember, a staycation is about trying something new. Some craft companies have ready-to-go scrapbooking kits to get you started. One product line that offers a quick, foolproof solution for saving your special photos is Stampin' Up!'s® Simply Scrappin'® kits. The kits are reasonably priced and include everything you need, including great layout ideas. All you need to do is add photos and enjoy creative time with your family.
The Country Living Holiday Collection kit provides everything in a convenient package to create holiday ornaments, tags or home décor. Both kits are available through a Stampin' Up! demonstrator at www.stampinup.com/store. They coordinate with other products in the Stampin' Up! line so you can continue to build memories for years to come.
About Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Up!, a 20-year-old, $240-million, direct-sales company, designs and manufactures an exclusive line of decorative rubber stamp sets and offers accessories for home décor, greeting cards, craft projects and scrapbooking. The company's size and recent growth reflect the ongoing worldwide passion for decorative rubber stamping and crafting. Its products are not sold in retail stores, but may be purchased at home workshops or through a network of independent sales consultants called Stampin' Up! "demonstrators." Currently, more than 45,000 demonstrators from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France Germany and the United Kingdom teach the art of stamping and share their enthusiasm for stamping, scrapbooking, card making, and home decor.