Staycation: The Affordable Getaway When You Can’t Get Away

Can’t afford to go the beach? Turn up the heat and bring the beach to you, instead!

For Justin’s birthday in 2014, we took a SURPRISE staycation (he had no idea this was the plan). We did this because we were broke and definitely couldn’t afford to hop down to a Caribbean island to warm ourselves up. But I wanted us to experience the benefits of a vacation — relaxation, sleep, togetherness, fun.

No email. Not much social networking. No alarms. No housework. Just us, our cats, delicious noms and drinks, and water/beach themed entertainment. (We watched the original Point Break, a short nature documentary, Cocktail, Lilo & Stich, and Captain Phillips.)

It was  a fantastic weekend full of relaxation and fun. 🙂

A lot of people asked me how we did it, so I documented it in a photo album on Facebook. And now I’m sharing it here. Let this inspire you. Vacations don’t have to cost a lot of money. They just require a little creativity and willingness to disconnect.

(Click on each image to view the caption and fill your idea book!)