Staycation vs. Vacation: How Do You De-Stress?

   By drodriguez  Jul 23, 2013

There’s nothing like getting away from the every day stresses of work and chores for a few days. Whisking away to a tropical island or road tripping across the country definitely has their pluses, but for some enjoying a little staycation at home can be just as enjoyable, and in some cases even less stressful than traveling.

Though traveling to new places can be a thrill, getting there during the busy summer travel season can be the stuff of nightmares. Taking a staycation offers less stress in this department, and with a small amount of planning can be exciting too.

A USA Weekend report offers some tips on how to enjoy a staycation, like seeing your community through the eyes of a tourist by planning ahead to attend special attractions and events. There are probably plenty of local places you have always wanted to check out but never had the time.

If you’re really looking for a little R&R it’s also important to make sure you cut ties from work and stay away from doing too many chores or running errands during your days off. Editor-in-Chief of, Teresa Mears, explains, “It’s all about your attitude. If you treat a staycation as a true vacation, then it will feel like one.”

If you happen to be planning a staycation this summer you’re not alone. A Yahoo Finance poll finds that more than 33% of respondents will be taking a staycation at some point this summer for a number of reasons including the desire to save money, work on projects around the house, and attend local sites and activities.

What do you think of the staycation versus vacation? Which do you think is more relaxing and enjoyable?

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leylers by leylers | BLANCHARD, LA
Jul 30, 2013

I love Vacations - just this past weekend we took road trips to Baton Rouge & New Orleans, Louisiana...then hit a State Park in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. Staycations are nice, but I work from home - so I love going places and doing new things.

maryegct by maryegct | Roxbury, CT
Jul 29, 2013

I like both standard vacations and staycations. We are doing a standard vacation this year and I'm going to take a few days off here and there for staycation time--day trips and such. I find both relaxing, but it's nice not to have to travel so far from home and need to pack a bunch of things over so many days when you do a local getaway.

Iveyg5 by Iveyg5 | Elmwood Park, NJ
Jul 28, 2013

Staycation for us again this year. Last year my hubby took 2 weeks off work because we were having our 5th son. I was having a C-section so, he helped out a lot caring for me and our little one. This year, we will be visiting the local beaches, and museums. I think it's still fun. The most important thing is that our family is together. It does not matter where we go.

CindyF by CindyF | AMSTON, CT
Jul 28, 2013

Staycations are a fantastic way to explore things to do in my own state that we don't have time to do when working/in school. We always take a few long weekends in the summer to visit local museums and do sightseeing without having to be back at a particular time. So far this summer we have gone to the science museum, the beach, a rose garden, and discovered a few great new restaurants

animalgal by animalgal | kenosha, WI
Jul 27, 2013

too much stress for a staycation this year. leaving for several long weekends!!!

redLaurie by redLaurie | CRESCENT CITY, CA
Jul 25, 2013

We like to travel out of our area and have been blessed to do so in the last few years. However, we also are enjoying being home since we bought our own acre of land and have been fixing up our yard this summer. I like to just sit on my deck or under my patio canopy and just look at our tall trees, watch the birds and thank the Lord.

beingstepmom by beingstepmom | BRENTWOOD, CA
Jul 25, 2013

We are opting for a staycation this fall. We plan our vacations during the fall when the weather is pleasant and places are less crowded. In the area I live we have so much to do and see. I can't wait to experience it as a tourist!

elph71 by elph71 | TALLAHASSEE, FL
Jul 25, 2013

I like both. Staycations cost less money, though.

jul516 by jul516 | Palatka, FL
Jul 25, 2013

I feel the staycations are less stressful because you're at home relaxing and not trying to fit a busy schedule away from home. It is however, somewhat needed to get away from home just for a change of surroundings.

ajcoupons by ajcoupons | Newark, TX
Jul 25, 2013

We have not been able to take a vacation, but we have used our pool as our relax spot. We BBQ and just hang out together with our 3 boys. It's all in what you feel is relaxing.

QueenOfPlastic by QueenOfPlastic | Pipersville, PA
Jul 24, 2013

I prefer vacations away so you can forget the day to day stuff. Plus you get to see & experience new things. Staycations can be fun too especially when you have good friends, food, & drinks with you.

laurj12 by laurj12 | RIVERSIDE, CT
Jul 24, 2013

I need me a real vacation! Staycation doesn't cut-it ;-) sorry folks... lol

bound4aruba by bound4aruba | Hershey, PA
Jul 24, 2013

For the last 20 years I had been going to Florida for a week or so in October. It used to be the perfect time weather wise, however, the last few years the weather has not cooperated.

linda_answer by linda_answer | SAINT LOUIS, MO
Jul 24, 2013

Vacations are nice, but stay cations are a lot cheaper, and you dont come home to a week's worth of mail, have all the unpacking and laundry to do, and the credit card bills which follow. There is a lot to do in our city for free or cheap, and we still have a lot of fun

jdrattelade by jdrattelade | Raleigh, NC
Jul 24, 2013

We always vacation for our anniversay and take a cruise to see new exotic places. The beautiful blue water and blue skies are beyond calming. Add a nice cocktail in your hand and the scent of coconut tanning oil and it's my recipe for the ultimate relaxation! Our staycations are quite nice. I listen to my Bob Marley station on Pandora as we relax with our neighbors in our 'chill' area we created under a row of trees in our yard. We have several chairs in front of big Caladiums, Ferns, and other shade-loving plants with the nice tinkle of some wind chimes. We have glass lanterns hanging from the tree limbs above to create a nice ambiance in the evening (and to keep the bugs away).