Happy Friday! I hope this finds you well. While the world begins to come out of self-isolation there continues to be a lot of questions about summer travel. Perhaps yo have already decided to hunker down for your summer vacation. Let me offer a few tips on how you can help that staycation have a real vacation feel.
Live Out of Your Suitcase – have everyone pack a suitcase for the week of staycation. Everyone much wear only what is in the suitcase. This will help you remember that you ALWAYS forget at least one essential item.
Create Your Own Jetlag – while everyone is asleep set all the clocks up or back three hours depending on which coast is closer. Live on the clock schedule until the last night and then change the clocks back.
Simulated Road Trip-load your luggage, snacks and kids in the car while it is in the garage. Sit in the car and listen to the radio for 8 hours. Only allow bathroom breaks in the same frequency that you would if you were driving somewhere. Kids can play games, watch videos, snack and whine just like on real trip.
TSA Check & Flight Delays – if flying is your preference to driving, set up you own TSA check point in the house. Pretend that the family is flying on a trip. Give everyone tickets with a time printed on them, preferably an early morning time. Make everyone show up at your TSA checkpoint two hours before the “ticket time.” After making everyone empty their pockets and take off their belts and shoes, tell them that the flight has been delayed three hours. For that added airport feel, put the TV on CNN and charge them $5 for a bagel.
WiFi Passwords – reset your WiFi Passwords nightly and make everyone ask you for the new one when they need to log in.
Sand – you cannot go to the beach without bringing back some sand. So purchase a bag of sand and sprinkle it in the car, around the house. For that authentic feel, at night after everyone is asleep, sprinkle a little sand over the clothes in everyone’s suitcase. Everyone will feel like they have been to the beach all day long!
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers. ~ George Carlin