When you have a pool beckoning from your own backyard, the best vacation is a staycation! There’s no booking flights and hotels, packing, doing mounds of laundry when you return, or fighting off jet lag your first day back to work. Instead, your vacation, from start to finish, can be one fun and relaxing experience. Honestly, staying poolside and hanging out with your loved ones is a guaranteed way to enjoy your staycation, but we have a few more elements to get the most out of your time!
Just like you spend time planning for a trip, spend a little time planning how you’d like your vacation to go. Would you like to grill burgers, spend your day in your swimming suit, and sleep in tents for a camping trip-inspired staycation? Maybe you’d rather enjoy tropical drinks, have fine dining delivered, and end your night on luxurious sheets. Or maybe, when the sun is at its peak and you take a break from swimming, you’d like to take family outings and see your city like a tourist, going to museums, shops, and local attractions.
Stay “Out of Office”
When you’re at home, it’s easier to give in to the temptation to check your email or take care of “just one quick thing”, but in order to return to your normal routine feeling refreshed, don’t do it! Set your vacation responder on your email, change your work voicemail to “out of office”, and your personal voicemail to “we’re on vacation!” If you need to, delete your email app from your phone or tablet. For a serious break, power off your phone, take off your watch and enjoy living in the moment.
If you don’t love your outdoor furniture, now’s a good time to make some upgrades. When you’re not in the water, you want to spend your time poolside lounging in comfort. Need an upgrade? We carry a large selection of outdoor furniture, so you’re sure to find something you love!
Book worms rejoice; you can finally get caught up on a couple of those books you’ve been wanting to read! Hit up the library or place your Amazon order before your vacation starts, so fresh reading material will be waiting for you. While you’re picking your books, grab a few magazines and books your family might be interested in as well.
Tunes Set the Mood
Build a playlist of your favorite summer songs, and don’t forget to ask for input from other family members. If you don’t already have speakers around your pool, a small Bluetooth speaker on a nearby table should do just fine. You can even place your phone in a glass bowl to amplify the sound and make an effortless speaker!
Splurge a Little
With all the money you’re saving by choosing a staycation over a trip, you might want to go for a little splurge or two that will take your home vacation to the next level! You could hire a cleaning service to keep your house in tip-top shape so you can dedicate yourself to relaxing for the week. You might choose to splurge a little at the grocery store for a steak and lobster dinner, or even order your favorite Maine crab online. How about a poolside couples massage in your own backyard? Or, splurge and have your favorite food delivered every night so you don’t have to cook on vacation.
Before your staycation starts, treat your family to some new pool games and floaties. Then unleash your inner competitor as you compete in pool floatie races, sharks and minnows, airball (keeping a beach ball in the air for as long as possible), or a family water polo match. At Brothers Pool, we’ve got all the games and floaties you could hope to find! Browse our store or come in and see our full selection in person.
If you keep these tips in mind, we think you may discover a staycation is your favorite type of vacation! All ready to plan that staycation but your pool needs a renovation? We’ve got you covered with everything from liner replacement to hardscaping. Uh oh, no swimming pool yet? Check out our in-ground pool designs and then contact us with your questions or to take the first steps to own your dream pool!