As we quickly approach summertime and the school year is nearing the end for the kids, it seems as though everyone has their mind set on where they might spend their summer vacation. But, if you don't have the time to take a far-away vacation this summer, fear not! There are ample opportunities to enjoy a long weekend right here in San Antonio. In fact, Weston Dean
, a premier New Braunfels custom builder, has developed some ideas for planning your stay-cation here at home. Check out our tips for ways to find fun without breaking a budget or timeframe in San Antonio.
A stay-cation is vacation where you spend your "trip" at home and spend your time on day trips at local shops and attractions. Besides getting to know San Antonio a little more intimately, a stay-cation is perfect for anyone wanting a break on a budget, or for a last-minute long weekend "away," or for anyone--especially those with small children--looking to cut down on travel time.
Just because you'll be nearby does not mean you should work during your stay-cation. Let your clients and co-workers know when you'll be out and next available and set up an auto-reply on your email. It's tempting to do some work on the side since you'll be close by, but avoid the temptation so you can fully enjoy your break. If you really
can't help but work, schedule a couple hours into your morning or evening so your family can still enjoy their vacation and you can breathe easy, knowing you'll still have the chance to take care of any emergencies.
The best advice we have is to go totally off the grid, leave your cell phones at home, and ignore your email. You can tell your friends and family that you're going on vacation, but they don't need to know you'll be in San Antonio!
Brainstorm a list with your whole family of things you'd like to do during your stay-cation. Once the list is complete, make a general itinerary of things you'd like to do. If you want to go swimming, plan to do it during the middle of the week in the daytime to avoid the crowds. Since you'll be around when most people aren't free to do activities, you have the advantage of shorter lines and less crowded environments. Grab tickets for a showing at the Majestic Theatre, take a stroll around the Mission San Jose or The Alamo, schedule some weekday golf, make reservations at a fancy restaurant on the River Walk, and take the kids to the Natural Bridge Caverns.
Another huge reason to take a stay-cation is that you'll be able to stay in the comfort of your Weston Dean home. No need to fret about packing suitcases and tiny shampoos, no sleeping in smelly and noisy hotel rooms, just the bliss that comes with falling asleep in your own bed. Schedule a cleaning service to come by at the end of your stay-cation so you don't have to stress about keeping your home tidy while you're focused on relaxing.
Weston Dean hopes these tips will inspire you to take your own stay-cation this summer in San Antonio.
Weston Dean Homes is a San Antonio area custom home builder. For additional information about Weston Dean building your San Antonio new home, please call (210) 408-9107.