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How To Plan A Summer Staycation

May 30th, 2022 • 4 min read

Rear view of a family walking along the beach with their dog while on holiday.

Spending the summer in a faraway destination isn’t always possible. In some cases, people might not even want to travel too far from home. A staycation in the summer is one of the most popular ways to spend some time alone, as a couple, or with friends and family. Staycations involve taking time off for a vacation but either staying in your own town or somewhere close by. One of the main features of staycations is staying at home overnight, which makes it a much more cost-effective option too.

If you want to enjoy the perfect summer staycation in Parrish or nearby Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, or Saint Petersburg, there is an element of planning involved. You can choose to make your staycation exactly what you want, and the fact you’re close to home can make things much easier.

Let’s look at some tips that could help you to plan the best summer staycation this year.

1. Find Out What’s Available in Your Area
Even if you’ve been living in Parrish for a while, it’s unlikely you know about all the things in the area. There may be new activities and places since you last looked around, or perhaps you’re new to the area and it’s time to find out a bit more.

Once you know exactly what’s available, make a list of the things you want to visit or do as part of your staycation. You can also scroll through the official North River Ranch social pages for Adventure Tips. This will make it easier if you’re struggling to make a final decision about whether to have a summer staycation, and it can help with smoother planning too.

2. Choose Your Dates
Like any typical vacation, you need to choose exactly when you’re going on a staycation. If you’re going with other people, you will need to coordinate with them to find the best time. If you have children, you might need to take into consideration their school semesters or other important activities.

After finding out what’s available, you will also have a good sense of whether there are specific activities or events you want to visit. For example, certain activities may only be available during the weekend or during certain weeks of the summer.

3. Plan for Different Conditions
Before you begin your summer staycation, prepare some different ideas and activities for different conditions. For example, consider what your backup plan might be if it’s raining one day or if you wake up and don’t feel like traveling too far that day. One of the great things about planning a summer staycation is that you can be flexible and adapt the experience as you go along.

Being flexible about your summer staycation can help things go smoothly. Keep an outlined plan of what you want to do during the staycation but be open to changing the dates or timings.

4. Disconnect from Your Normal Life
In order for a summer staycation to really feel different, you need to switch off from your usual routine. Think about doing things differently, whether you’re eating different food, trying new activities, or visiting new places.

If you’re going for a summer staycation with other people, encourage them to disconnect from their standard routine and do things a bit differently, too. This can help everyone to feel like they are going on a summer staycation that is filled with fun and adventure.

Deciding on Your Summer Staycation
If you live somewhere like North River Ranch in Parrish, there may be plenty of fun activities for the perfect summer staycation right inside your home and in the community. Split your pool days between Brightwood Pavilion and Riverfield Verandah; challenge yourself to an outdoor workout at the FitPods, discover the trails, or take a pedal using bikes from the community’s Bike Share, participate in a planned neighborhood activity, or simply spend time with other people in the neighborhood, and find the ideal activities for children who want to play or learn.

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