Quick and Easy Staycation Planning Tool

Staycations need as much planning as vacations, or in fact, maybe even a little more. You’re in your comfort zone, in familiar surroundings, so you need to work harder to remember you’re on vacation. it’s easy to catch up on work, get caught up in cleaning or eat up several days with a DIY project that should have taken a few hours. But that isn’t going to send you back to work and school relaxed and refreshed and with that warm family-togetherness feeling, is it? And that’s what a vacation is supposed to do, even if it happens near home. That’s where staycation planning comes in.


Just as you would on a vacation away, talk as a family about what you want to do, where you want to go, what you want to eat, and how you want to spend your time around the house. And of course, talk with your spouse or partner about how much you want to spend. Staycations need budgets just like getaways do. If you need to check in with work think about how much time you want on that and when it will happen. It’s ok to tackle some of those home projects you’ve been putting off, but schedule time for those too, so they get done but don’t take over your week.

Help is here

To help get the ideas rolling, here is a staycation-planning tool. It would work for any trip, but is especially handy for staycations, where you need to make the extra effort to get out, explore, not cook, ignore laundry, watch too many movies and eat too much ice cream.

If you need more help, try our 20 Easy Staycation Ideas, 9 Staycation Day Trips, and Tips for Turning a Staycation into a Vacation.

After you read those, you can print our the sheet below, sit down with family and start planning your amazing week!

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staycation planning tool

staycation planning worksheet

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