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4 Ideas for a Relaxing Spring Break ‘Staycation’

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When searching for a nontraditional spring break destination, there's no place like home. Spring Break Staycation

Spring break is well underway, but it's not too late to plan a last-minute vacation to celebrate your hard work. While traditional spring break trips may conjure images of white sand beaches and tropical drinks, many people opt for a more practical vacation experience. "Staycations" have become a popular way to celebrate well-earned downtime without the cost, hassle and (let's be honest) stress of traveling.

You don't have to fly to Cancun to enjoy spring break, and staycations offer the perfect opportunity to kick back and relax – all from the comfort of your own neighborhood. And for those who are balancing full- or part-time work with pursuing your degree, staycations offer the flexibility to fit your schedule while still taking advantage of a little extra downtime. Here are 4 suggestions on how to make the most of your time.

Try Something New

While some people may think a staycation sounds boring, it can actually give you an excuse to expand your horizons and try something new. Traditional vacations are all about new experiences, and staycations are no exception. Embrace this mentality and try a new local restaurant, or explore Netflix to find something new and interesting to watch. You may be surprised how a small change like this can really spice up your routine.

Enjoy Old Favorites

As wonderful as new experiences are, sometimes what you really need is something familiar and beloved. Between school, work and family life, our hobbies often become less and less of a priority. Use your staycation as an opportunity to revisit old favorites. Pick up that paintbrush or guitar. Finish the book you've been trying to find time to read. Enjoy the things that make you happy.

And if you have children, why not get them involved? Sharing something personal that you love with your kids can be a rewarding and enriching experience. Bonding and creating memorable moments are hallmarks of family vacations, even those spent at home.

Go "Off the Grid"

Here's a question to consider: How long has it been since you've reached for your smartphone? Maybe it was a few minutes ago to see if you had a new message, or maybe you're reading this on your phone right now. There is no denying that technology is essential to our world, but it can sometimes feel more intrusive than not.

One way to connect with your family and the world around you is to disconnect from technology. Try spending a day or two of your staycation living technology-free. Confiscate all cell phones, tablets, computers and game systems, and spend the day offline. This idea may not appeal to everyone in the family, especially if you have teenagers, but it can be a refreshing change of pace.

Spring (Break) Cleaning

If you're the type of person who prefers to spend their downtime crossing items off a To-Do list rather than lounging by a pool, a staycation is a great opportunity to kick off spring cleaning. Whether you've been meaning to clean out the closets, reorganize the bedroom or just give your home a good once-over, a staycation could give you the time to tackle your spring cleaning.

The important thing to remember about a staycation is that it is a chance to recharge your batteries and reward your hard work without having to travel. As long as you enjoy yourself and make the most of the experience, there's no wrong way to spend your time.