Hi We did this last year. I would suggest planning what you will do. Letting people know you are on holiday. Agreeing in advance what is ok to do/what isn't ok eg all those little jobs that you keep meaning to do - is it ok to do them? So as you might for a holiday set the ground rules beforehand! We had 2 weeks at home and found it took us a week to get it how we wanted it to be. I'd do all your research and planning first. Have fun!
Yes we do it quite a bit lately. Since we moved to an area which we used to go on holiday in, so for us we do sort of feel as though we are on holiday a lot of the time.
But, we have strict rules. A bit like yours. We treat ourselves to the things we like about more adventurous holidays. Lots of meals out.
No work emails or mumsnetting.
No DIY for DP.
We have to go out and do things in the days, not just waste them. We do local tourist attractions we've never been to (there are loads near us - zoos, aquaria, lots of theme parks, or we go out to the moors and beaches.
We make a list of things we want to do in the area and then we make sure we do them. so we don't just drift.
It's good, I especially like not having to pack. Or to travel far which with 3 young children is a chore.
I have to say it works far better for us now we live in a cute Devon village than in our old Manchester suburb.
Thanks it's good to know other people have done it. Puppymonkey - DP hates public swimming pools as our kids always want to play with him, cling on to him constantly. If we have our own pool (as we've had on previous holidays) they're fine and happy to play by themselves. Plus our "local" leisure centre is a 25 min drive, so don't want to be doing that every day! Will seriously get planning soon. Thanks again.