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Elizabeth Scott, M.S.

Cheap Summer Fun: Double The Stress Relief!

By May 21, 2009

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With Memorial Day coming up, many of us are making our plans for the summer. And, according to a new survey, 70% of Americans aren't going anywhere! Kelton Research, commissioned by Dave and Buster's, surveyed 1000 people nationwide and asked about their attitudes, plans and behaviors relating to fun. (Full disclosure: I've worked with Dave and Buster's professionally.) In addition to the information on vacations, they found that nearly 4 in 5 aren't having as much fun in their daily lives as they'd like, and 1 in 4 aren't having as much fun these days as they were having just a year ago.

Now, I'm not concerned about the idea of people staying home and not taking vacations this summer--I've been an advocate of staycations in the past, and I'm a firm believer that you don't have to spend a lot of money or go far away to have fun and get a break from work. However, I am concerned about people not having enough fun. Life need not be one non-stop party, but we need a balance of work and play in our lives, or we become overly stressed, find our relationships strained, and face a higher risk of burnout.

If you aren't taking a vacation this summer, I suggest you take a staycation AND a 'playcation'! (Heck, you could take several staycations and playcations throughout the year if you wanted to!) I'm a fan of staycations and playcations because they are a less-expensive option for having some real fun and relaxation--the money you save and the fun you have can provide a double-dose of stress relief! To learn more about staycations, playcations and strategies for less-stressed travel (if you're planning on going the traditional vacation route), see the resources below.

Take A 'PlayCation' For Stress Relief

Vacation and Staycation Resources

Need A Vacation?
Here's more on why you may need that break provided by a vacation, staycation, playcation, or some sort of 'cation'!

Best Staycation Strategies
Want to have a truly relaxing staycation? Here are some tips you don't want to miss.

Cheap Vacations
If you're planning on staying home this summer, here are some more fun ideas for mini-vacations at home.

Vacation Alternatives for Busy People
Too busy to take a vacation of any sort? Here are some strategies to reduce stress in your lifestyle so you feel like you've gotten a break, even when you're too busy to really take one.

Reduce Travel Stress
If you are taking an actual trip this summer, these tips can help you make it as low-stress as possible.

Reduce The Stress of Travel With Kids
Are you taking kids on vacation with you? You may need these tips on lower-stress travel with kids!

Share Your Thoughts:
What would your ideal playcation look like? Share your ideas in this Reader Response article, Play-cation Ideas for Stress Relief, and get ideas from other readers, too.

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