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5 Reasons to Take a Holiday Staycation with the Family

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As we all know, the holidays are crazy busy. The shopping, the wrapping, the holiday parties, big meals, school programs…whew, the list goes on and on! You keep reminding yourself to take the time to slow down and enjoy the holidays, but with a to-do list a mile long, it’s harder that it sounds. Sometimes you just need to take a forced break to regroup and reboot. That’s where a staycation comes in!

What is a Staycation?

A staycation is a vacation spent close to home with minimal travel. As in, a quick getaway to a hometown hotel within minutes from home.

Why take a Staycation?

1. A happy mom is a healthy mom

And vice-versa. I don’t know about you, but my stress level goes down dramatically the minute that I step into a hotel room. From that moment on, during my stay, I am in someone else’s care and it feels awesome!

2. Stress free planning!

Your mini-getaway doesn’t need to be complicated, in fact, it can be just the opposite. The simple act of leaving your responsibilities behind for a night is so freeing! Add in the fact that a quick getaway calls for minimal packing means that you can make the spontaneous decision to take a staycation on a moments notice!

3. Entertainment included

Throw in some swimsuits and enjoy the pool. Rent a fun movie. Grab a few of those board games that you have been meaning to play. Leaving the “real world” distractions behind is one of the best parts of a staycation. Your main job during your staycation is to relax and have fun!

4. Breakfast on the house

Select a hotel that offers a complimentary breakfast and (depending on the size of your family) you just got a lot of bang for your staycation buck!

5. Family time

A family getaway is a great holiday gift for the entire family, allowing you to slow down and enjoy the season together! Sneaking away with the family for a fun and quick local getaway is a treat for all. Not having to cook and/or clean up afterwards? Even better! #Winning!

Sometimes we overlook the simple awesomeness that happens right in our own cities. A staycation allows for you and your family to take advantage of hometown amenities and turn them into a much needed and enjoyable adventure that takes very little planning, packing, or even thought! In our busy lives, it’s often hard to be spontaneous, but a staycation allows you to do just that. And, because there is very little travel involved, staycations are light on the budget and yet heavy in rewards.

If you can take a staycation during the holidays, that’s even better. Take a break from the everyday chaos to enjoy the lights and festivities in your city. Capture priceless family time together by enjoying these little moments and just share in the joy of being together, without all of the crazy hassle that comes with extended stays or long journeys. After all, it’s often the best memories that are made in the most simple of moments.

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Keri Lyn is an Idaho girl, born and raised. She shares her country home with her husband Brady, a veterinarian, and their two children–a son (10) and a…

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