With the dough saved from avoiding plane tickets, shell out just a little to get your home spic and span -- without doing it yourself. Not only will it feel like an all-new place (let's face it, we rarely fully clean the house), but you won't feel obligated to do any chores while on your staycation.
A staycation doesn't have to be taken so literally -- pop into your local Hampton Inn or see what your hometown has for Airbnb options. A little bit of distance can go a surprisingly long way.
Swap days serving each other, just like a hotel would. Breakfast in bed -- when you haven't had to make it yourself -- is a luxury easily replicated.
You know the restaurant, wine bar or brunch staple nearby that's been reviewed by absolutely everyone, but is nearly impossible to get a reservation for? Don't skimp on planning ahead just because you're not taking off anywhere -- get your name in those books and treat yourselves!
When you're on vacation, you're likely trying new things: food, water sports, a fad fitness class. Do the same from home! Maybe you crack open a new cookbook and make a few recipes side by side or pop on a Rosetta Stone tape to practice your Spanish.
Sure, you're going to be home, perfectly capable of caring for your child...but that doesn't exactly scream "romantic vacay." Ask around for a willing in-law or neighborhood teen who wouldn't mind keeping your little one overnight for a day or two. Technically, it's a vacation for the kiddo, too.
PTO or not, taking time for yourselves is so important! Remove the temptation altogether.
Looking back through your photos at the end of the year, you'd be surprised how little you care about that random shot of the street you took in Montreal. Rather, those candids of you and your beau goofing off during a heated game of "Monopoly" during your little staycation will bring a smile to your face.
Couples' massages, spa services, a delivered lobster dinner -- make your home the most coveted venue on the block.