Everyone needs a vacation sometimes, but whether you have a small homestead or a large farm, finding the funds and means to leave for any amount of time can be quite the hassle. After all, someone has to take care of the animals, and those veggies won’t pick themselves! So, what is a homesteadder to do?
Well, here are some tips for how to take that much-needed vacation without letting your homestead fall apart while you’re gone.
Find a farm sitter
If you only concern is finding someone to watch your place and feed the animals while you’re gone, why not ask your family and friends to farm sit? A common trade is to let them keep any veggies, eggs or milk they harvest and collect while you’re gone. You should probably consider paying them as well, just for the trouble. Make sure it’s someone you trust, and finding someone with a farm or experience is probably best. If you have a milk cow, check out this awesome suggestion from the Browning Homestead for vacationing with a milk cow.
Go in the off-season
Trying to leave during certain seasons is going to be much harder than others. Depending on what you have, try and schedule your vacation after harvest or calving seasons are over that way you have less to worry about.
Bring the vacation to you
If you can’t leave to see family and friends, then bring them to you and schedule a big family vacation at your home! You can get help with the chores, get rid of some of that excess from the garden and even take some day trips to tour fun things in your area with relatives! Spending time with those you love can be just the extra boost you need to keep going.
Try a staycation instead
If all else fails and you just can’t find a way to get away from your homestead for a real vacation, set aside a day for a ‘staycation’ instead. Chores will still have to be done, but schedule yourself time to just relax for a couple of days. Don’t do any extra projects or anything that isn’t immediately pressing. Instead, take time to relax and do something you enjoy instead. Get up early and take care of the homested then plan a movie afternoon and make snacks. Go swimming all day or just curl up with a good book and worry about everything else tomorrow. Taking some time for yourself is important, after all.
When was the last time you went on a vacation? What did you do about your homestead? Share with me in the comments!