It’s easy to worry about whether this is the right time to take the family on vacation. We say “Go anyway! Just Go the right way.” That might mean choosing to stay closer to home instead of flying, or booking a rental house instead of a cruise. From road trips to camping, here are our favorite ideas for a family vacation now!
Saying, “We’re going to be staycationing this year” certainly doesn’t have the same cache as saying, “We’ve booked a cruise through the Adriatic Sea” or “We’ll be exploring Shanghai in June.”
But you still want a family vacation. We all need that time away from daily demands to bond with one another, to spend uninterrupted, quality time together. It might not be the right time for an around-the-world cruise, but it’s always the right time for a family vacation!
You might be staying closer to home, but you can still get all of the benefits of a family vacation with these tips and staycation ideas.
Take a Road Trip
Driving your own car means that you know exactly who’s been in it. No worries about a stranger’s germs lurking on the seat back tray table. It also means you have the ability to leave any place at any time. And think of all the money you’ll save on airfare!
Here are some of our favorite road trip ideas:
Spend a Weekend Away
A vacation doesn’t need to be a full two-week endeavor will all of the cost and planning that involves. Try taking a long weekend getaway or even just a regular weekend getaway. Be sure to pick a hotel with a swimming pool to keep the kids happy. And remember, if you’re only paying for one night in the hotel, you can splurge on a more luxurious hotel or that cute little boutique hotel you’ve been reading about.
No matter where you stay, though, you’ll want to clean these extra germy places in the guest room before everyone settles in: the TV remote, the toilet flush handle and toilet seat, light switches, door locks and door, and the bedside tables — basically every place you and the kids will be touching.
Read More: 10 Tips for Staying Sane on a Staycation
Make it a DIY Stay-at-Home Vacation
A vacation doesn’t necessarily mean you slept somewhere else. Have you really explored everything there is to see in your own backyard? To make it a great staycation, you have to do more than stay home and stream Netflix all day. (Although, in our overscheduled world, that can feel like a really decadent way to spend a day!)
Instead, take that long bike ride you’ve always wanted to take. Or visit a local museum. Or treat yourself to seeing a movie on the big screen in an actual movie theater. Just remember to bring the hand sanitizer and maybe even some Clorox wipes to clean the arm rests of the seat before you settle in.
A Great Staycation Idea? Take a Fun Day Trip. Or Two.
This might not be the right time to take the whole family to a crowded amusement park or a waterpark, but you can still visit nearby attractions.
If you live near a big city, day trip options abound. Here are some of our favorites:
When it’s too scary to be indoors, it’s the perfect time to head outdoors. Take a hike. Go camping. Explore nature. You might not be spending a week at an oceanfront hotel, but you can still get ocean views from a drive to the beach.
Consider Renting a House
If you rent a house for the week, plan to spend the first hour or so cleaning and disinfecting. Depending on your level of concern (and whether there is a washer/dryer in the house), you might consider washing all of the bedclothes in hot water before you slip into bed that first night. But once that’s done, you can settle in for a week of family fun without the worry. Here’s how to find the perfect family beach house and what you need to pack for a week at a beach.
Visit the Relatives
This option will, of course, depend on your relatives. But if you always love seeing Cousin Carl and he and his family happen to live in a nice house near a beach, it might be time to set up a little family reunion.