Staytrip – Travel to your own Backyard
Staycation, Nearcation, Staydate, Holistay, & Faucation are just some of the fun names for Staytrips! …. They became popular in the US and Europe during the financial crisis of 2007–2010. But what are they exactly?
STAYTRIPS IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD
A Staytrip is a period in which a family stays home together. Some staycationers like to set a start and end date to create the feel of a traditional vacation. Staytrips do not have the stress associated with travel and are far less costly. Common activities of a staytrip include visits to parks/museums, artsy areas of the city, tourist locations and local festivals. Those with backyard swimming pools have an advantage as they can spend more time swimming together with a bunch friends, without leaving their property and sometimes have as much fun as they might have had going anywhere else. (Rarely do you travel with a bunch of friends but you can invite them over every day on staycation)
WHY PEOPLE INVEST IN RENOVATING LANDSCAPES VERSES EXPENSIVE VACATIONS
Ever think about how much time, energy and money is spent on destination vacations? Closing the house, dog sitters, plant and mail caregivers . . . suit cases packed – you, your hubby’s, and the kids (Don’t forget anything!). Airport security, the flight, car rental, daily activity planning . . . whew . . . waiting to exhale? And the cost: “The American Automobile Association a couple of years ago said the average North American vacation will cost $244 per day for two people for lodging and meals…. Add some kids and airfare, and a 10-day vacation could top $8,000.” Travel to other countries is even higher. One of our Homeowners said she added up the cost of their yearly Hawaii trip and decided to take a few years off to invest in an outdoor space the family could use year round. An investment in a landscape renovation will provide year after year of staycation memories . . .
ADDING A FIREPIT TO IT!
Okay, so the point of renovating your landscape is to add fun and function to your outdoor space while visually enhancing it. Present day firepits are gorgeous and supply endless hours of enjoyment. Yum . . . hot dogs seem to taste better roasted over the fire or smores anytime of day are a must-have classic treat . . . Perhaps firepits aren’t just for kids…. after all, adults were kids once too! They like to gaze into the fire light, glass of wine in hand and swap stories! Fire pits can be an everyday part of a staycation as well as a family activity you can take pleasure in throughout spring, summer and fall months.
PUTTING A POOL OR SPA IN IT
A swimming pool or spa can give your backyard another kind of focal point while giving it an immediate upgrade. A swimming pool or spa simply makes a backyard more enjoyable. People love water! We all like to get together and socialize with friends and family and a staytrip allows extra memory-building time without worrying about the next day’s schedule! (Remember you are on Staycation- Playcation) Pools and spas delight all ages – when thinking landscape design plan – put a pool or spa in it!
PUTT-PUTT ANYONE? RELAXING CAN MEAN A PUTT-OFF! ANY TAKERS?
Why not add a putting green to your landscape? These mini-golf-greens make excellent landscape additions. Young & old, male & female, enjoy putting around a mini green. It can improve your short game or be fun to have competitions with friends & family! Synthetic turf products have a natural look & the feel of real grass with a fraction of the maintenance and upkeep. No wonder they’ve become such popular investments to a renovated landscape.
GOTTA HAVE A HAMMOCK
We all loved hammocks as a kids right? But try to get in ‘Em! They are super comfy and yet, who knew they can add a few benefits to your health…. How? ‘Cuz your feet are slightly elevated – you have less swelling. The curve of the hammock can stretch your back muscles in a beneficial way. And… the elevation angle for your upper body is great for circulation to your brain & airways! Okay, now, I want one in my backyard!
KIDS PLAYSTATIONS DURING A STAYCATION – GIVE ‘EM A PLACE TO GO!
Kids don’t always want to be underfoot! In fact just the opposite. Getting our kids outdoors is important and if we are on a staytrip – give ’em a place to play! They need their own “kids’ area” to climb, hide, swing or make believe. Custom wood or pre-made – watch and see – the kids turn into teens but they will still use it for years!
ALL YOUR HOMES AMENITIES – INDOORS & OUT!
Staycationers benefit from all the comforts of their indoor environment (own beds, pantry, well stocked refrigerator, extra towels). Creating a user-friendly outdoor environment will make it much more enjoyable for everyone, especially moms and wives. Adding value to your landscape renovation via an outdoor kitchen is a “must have” consideration. Satisfying meals eaten together create some of our favorite memories. Outdoor kitchens allow for convenience at your fingertips. They can be grill islands with refrigerators/running water or full outdoor kitchen spaces. Many landscape design plans feature wood fire pizza ovens to add extra sizzle to outdoor activities . . . After a fun-filled day, relaxing in a outdoor living room to watch the game with the guys or talk the night away with your besties – nothing compares to this invaluable time together.
A PRIVATE RESORT IN YOUR OWN LANDSCAPE
Some of the risks of staytrips are a temptation to work part time – with emails and work close at hand – be careful not to fall into daily monotony, like household errands and other menial tasks. These risks can be balanced by strict adherence to rules that make the experience feel like a real get-away. So make a plan and stick with it – you got this! Remember why you liked the idea of a staycation: 1) You need to use your PTO but haven’t planned a destination vacation 2) To save you money and travel woes 3) You can play tourist in your own city 4) You can do whatever you please, and enjoy every relaxing moment
By turning your landscape into a private resort, you can utilize the creature comforts in your own property for down time fun & relaxation. You can also build closer relationships with your family as you spend time together. Like in this tropical resort-type landscape below . . . easy to see a family hanging out in this paradise . . .
By investing in a landscape renovation, you bring a private resort (that you design) into your landscape. Call it family Faucation, call it family Holistay, the benefits of creating your personal landscape paradise is truly a vacation that lasts a lifetime.
We welcome your visit to our gallery of works: http://www.paradiserestored.com/portfolio/ Perhaps you could see yourself vacationing in one of these landscape design plans. Need some ideas? We are happy to come out to view your property and share some ideas with you. Please contact us for your Complimentary Consultation @http://www.paradiserestored.com/exterior-landscape-design/contact-us/
Well friends, that’s a wrap! Time to put this blog to bed for the week! Maybe I need a Staytrip of my own?! Nope…. I’m off to the next landscape reveal property!
Thanks for Dropping In
Until next time . . . Get Outside Portland!
Kim Thibodeau, Exterior Design Services
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