Have you ever been prioritizing play in your life?
If not, we’re right here to encourage you to make a journey with one sole goal: to play!
We not too long ago recorded a Playground to Function episode all about planning a playcation, so you possibly can add extra intentional enjoyable into your life.
Pay attention right here:
What’s a playcation versus a trip?
Typically we’re in want of a visit that’s for leisure, and typically we’re in want of letting unfastened and having some enjoyable.
We’re calling these enjoyable holidays, “playcations.” It’s a trip designed for optimum enjoyable.
You’ll be able to design this journey round doing plenty of enjoyable little actions, or round one important play bucket record exercise you’ve at all times needed to do like, sky diving or river rafting!
There aren’t any guidelines to a playcation, however we figured we’d share some tricks to make planning a gaggle journey extra satisfying!
So, let’s get into methods to plan one!
1. Work out your playcation location
Nina’s go-to playcation journey is Disneyland and Disney World, so we dive deep into that in our episode – so pay attention in, if you would like all the ideas associated to what rides are most price it, what the must-do actions are, little hacks you need to know beforehand, and many others.
However, we all know Disney is dear, and it’s not everybody’s concept of a superb time. So, listed below are another choices that may be extra your model!
Different journey concepts apart from Disney:
- A seashore journey with enjoyable water actions
- An journey journey with ziplining
- A winter journey with snowboarding, dogsledding, or perhaps even doing the Polar Bear Plunge
- A backpacking journey
- A tenting (or glamping) journey
- A enjoyable competition
2. Take note of the group dynamics
Who’s on the invite record? Be cautious concerning the vitality of the group, and the way everybody will likely be collectively.
Typically completely different pal teams don’t mesh! Pull collectively a gaggle that will likely be a superb time.
3. Decide your date, nicely prematurely
We’re all for some spontaneous enjoyable, so that you’re welcome to plan your playcation on a whim.
However there are positively perks to planning nicely prematurely. Having a countdown and one thing to stay up for generally is a massive a part of the enjoyable! Nina liked texting the group chat saying, “Solely two extra days!”
Plus, having to navigate everybody’s schedules in maturity might be difficult.
4. Decide the size of time that works for you and the group
If you’re happening a visit full of exercise, it’s key to construct in a day for leisure on the finish.
Nina recommends doing a visit with a max of 4 days if it’s heavy on the play – and permit your self to have a day again dwelling earlier than getting again into work for those who can!
If taking time without work is difficult for you or for those who’re on a decent price range, attempt doing a staycation or a brief weekend journey! Any period of time you possibly can dedicate to deliberately enjoying is nice.
5. Create an itinerary
Nina opted to only be the go-to one who individuals knew to go to for the schedule and plans – and never create an precise itinerary.
However you possibly can completely make an itinerary for the group, so everybody is aware of what’s happening forward of time. Particularly for those who don’t need to be requested a thousand occasions about what’s happening subsequent.
Make sure you have one designated planner.
6. Construction the day with flexibility
Not everybody goes to need to do the identical issues, so be sure your schedule permits for the area for individuals to do their very own factor too.
Set up the important group hangs like dinner reservations, the place everybody must attend, and depart a number of the different actions non-obligatory!
It makes everybody happier in the event that they really feel the liberty to do their very own factor, go at their very own tempo and take breaks. You’ll possible have some introverts and extroverts, and simply completely different pursuits. So, be okay with permitting individuals to do their very own factor.
Plus, don’t plan an excessive amount of for the day – you don’t need to overwhelm your self and the group!
7. Ask for everybody’s high priorities
Be inclusive relating to planning. What do the opposite individuals within the group care about most on this journey?
Ask round for the highest picks of the group, as a way to accommodate everybody’s high priorities.
You don’t need this journey to only be about your concept of a enjoyable time – attempt to make it satisfying and thrilling for everybody!
8. Know that issues is not going to go in response to plan, and that’s okay!
As a lot as we wish to plan forward in order that we are able to management our enjoyable, there’ll at all times be issues that don’t go our means.
One of the best ways to maintain your playcation enjoyable? Resolve that will probably be.
“What’s your intention for this trip? And so even when it’s not a, playcation similar to, like, how do you need to really feel in your trip?
Like, how do I need to really feel at this time? And that’s what I did for like this playcation of like, what, what vibe am I making an attempt to create? Like, how do I need to work together with all people? And I don’t know, it simply, simply made it so nice…
And I keep in mind too, like telling myself, “Hey, when issues don’t go as deliberate, prefer it’s okay. Like Every thing occurs like, appropriately, like, you’re going to be wonderful.”
9. Take it to the following degree and make it an annual journey
Make it one thing you get to stay up for as a pal group each single yr!
10. Coordinate outfits
In case your group is the kind to have enjoyable with this, you can even plan to put on coordinating outfits for enjoyable group photos.
What you put on has an impact on how you’re feeling, and the way different individuals really feel – which we speak about on this episode on dopamine dressing, so if you wish to have a enjoyable trip, don’t overlook to decorate in a means that makes you’re feeling playful too!
It’s time to set that date! Make your playcation occur! And are available inform us about it on IG at @playgroundtopurpose.