We live really close to the beach. But we hardly ever go. Life gets busy (plus I’m SUPER high maintenance) so schlepping everything down there seems like way too much work. A few weeks ago, my family and I did a little staycation at a friend’s house in Carlsbad (about an hour from our city). Knowing that we were free of our daily stresses made enjoying the beach easier. To me, a staycation is any kind of getaway (metaphorical or literal) where you act like you are on vacation even if it means staying close to or at home. There were certain things that I planned ahead for that helped to make our weekend away the best time ever. These staycation ideas will hopefully help you plan a much-needed escape from reality for your family.