This summer, because of the current financial crisis, staycations have gained popularity. Instead of spending large sums of money on a typical destination vacation, more and more people are opting to spend vacation time at home or take day trips to local attractions. The goal is to create the feel of a traditional vacation for a fraction of the cost. The phenomenon of the staycation is now so big, the term was added to the 2009 version of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
Since we live in Los Angeles, where there are endless things to do, Steve and I have been making a list of staycation activities we hope to do this summer. Our list includes: go to a taping of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, the beach, Disneyland and the Hollywood Bowl.
We have also been perfecting the stay-date, our new version of a date since Aaron was born. We put the baby to bed, and spend a night in together. Sometimes we watch a movie, sometimes we play poker (loser always cooks the winner breakfast), sometimes we just kick it on the porch with wine and cheese. These little stay-dates have become important times for us to connect with each other, and enjoy each other’s company.
Anyhow, I suggest we all get creative this summer and take a staycation. Tell me, what would you do for your dream staycation?