Tips from a Psychologist for a Successful Staycation

by | Jun 2019

A shot of the Minneapolis skyline at sunset, with the Stone Arch Bridge in the foreground.

Photo: Mollie Krengel

Take a “staycation” and enjoy home in a new way.

You don’t have to go far to experience a change of scenery and get all the benefits that come from travel. A staycation is friendlier on the wallet, while still doing the mind and body good. And how often do we act like tourists in our own hometown?

A staycation can mean staying in, watching movies, ordering food delivery and finally getting to all of your to-dos around the house. Or, it can be booking a hotel room or home rental within a few hours’ drive (without the stress of airports and budgets).

According to Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, here are some top tips for a successful staycation:

  • Do something active. If you’re going to get the same psychological boost as a scuba-diving traveler, you’ll need to move around.
  • Engage your mind. Many of travels’ benefits relate to expanding cognitive function by learning or experiencing something new. During your staycation, read a book, do puzzles, and take time to use your noggin.
  • Change up your routine. Find a way to get out of ordinary mode of life. Stay up late or get up early. Try new foods.
  • Act like a tourist. Visit places in the Twin Cities with a new perspective. Book a food or walking tour. Visit museums and parks.

Mollie Krengel is the founder of adventure-based business Wild Bum. Roy Krengel owns Krengel Dental. They share travel tips and insights in this column, writing with their globetrotting kids Liam (12), Ella (12) and Rafi (8).


Pin It on Pinterest

Share This