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Take’s StayCation Challenge

sandy-cay-caribbean-beachIt’s one more thing to give up because of caregiving: A vacation.

Just because you stay home, though, doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun. And, just think, the fun comes without having to pack, unpack, organize, schedule, fret, worry, cajole and leave.

And, to encourage you to have some fun, we’re sponsoring a StayCation Challenge.

From now until July 12, take a staycation, even if it only lasts for five minutes. Think you can’t? We’ve got some ideas to help you know you can:

  • buy a lounge chair and sit in your backyard in your bathing suit (or perhaps just buy a lounge chair and sit in your backyard);
  • stay in a local hotel for one night;
  • make Coppertone SPF 15 your favorite new perfume;
  • soak your feet in the inflatable kiddy pool you resurrect in your backyard;
  • visit a tourist attraction in your home town;
  • have a bar-b-cue;
  • light up the Smokey Joe and make S’mores;
  • pitch a tent in the backyard, decorate the inside with your favorite photos and knick knacks, and then hide there whenever you want;
  • have a Happy Hour in your backyard with a special summer-time cocktail and fancy snacks;
  • add sparkling lights to your backyard, transforming it into a magical space;
  • join the neighborhood kids in a game of Ghosts in the Graveyard;
  • order in dinner and then go out for ice cream.

Do something you would normally do on vacation. Just do it when you’re at home or close to home.

Then, take a picture or video that represents your StayCation, join our StayCation Challenge group and post your photo (or photos–I love photos) or video by Friday, July 12.

Update! We’ve received more product donations, so we’ll choose three random winners on July 13 who will receive:

Have fun on your StayCation!

Congrats to our winners:

First place: @donna

Second place: @renea_p

Third place: @kreisler

Look for an email from me on Monday with details about your win. Congrats and thanks to all who played!!


–You’ll find articles to help you plan and take a break here.

About Denise Brown

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I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues.


  1. Avatar of EllysGdaughter

    My Awesome Hubby and I spent the night in our tent trailer which was parked in our driveway. I had just gotten new beds for it and lured AH out there overnight (queen bed) on the premise that we needed to try them out to make sure they were comfy or I would take them back! It was a needed break from our too small, Full sized bed!

  2. Avatar of Jan

    Okay, here goes… my best Staycation tip.

    I used to love to travel, back in the days when I was young and had the money to do it. Now, as a full-time caregiver, travel isn’t an option. And even if I could get some time off, I couldn’t afford to go anywhere. I haven’t had a steady income in almost a year, and what little I had in savings is gone. BUT… I have an app on my phone called PhotoFlux. It allows you to click on any location in the entire world and see photos that were taken there! So, anytime I want to go to…. Hawaii, for instance, I can just click on the map and a flood of beautiful images awaits me.

    Recently I’ve “traveled” to China, Canada, Tahiti, Alaska, Tuscany, the English countryside and the Pacific coast.

    You can zoom in to the map even down to street level and see photos taken from as close as your own neighborhood to Antarctica.

    I love PhotoFlux. It’s a free Android app, and when I need to get away, it’s my first class ticket to a few minutes (or a few hours) of bliss!

  3. This is a really neat challenge! Sometimes we need to be reminded how awesome our own hometowns are, and I think this challenge will help a lot of us to do that.

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