Summer is coming to a close, bringing with it less opportunities to get away from everyday life. It’s tempting to try and fit in another trip, but maybe it’s time for a staycation. A staycation can be a great option because it saves money, there’s less travel time, and you get to give back to and appreciate your local area and hometown! Here are a few things you can do to make yours just as exciting as a big getaway.
Turn Your Home Into a Getaway
Take time to deep clean your house a day or two before your staycation and create a new atmosphere. You could create a blanket fort in your living room, put board games on the dining table, snacks across the counter, or print out your favorite restaurant menus. Don’t forget to make a list of movies and TV shows you’ve been wanting to watch.
Stay at a Luxurious Hotel
If you don’t want to stay at home, choose a local hotel or Airbnb that feels like a destination in itself. It should have amenities that help you feel like you’re on vacation such as a pool, spa, room service, or complimentary breakfast. This might be in your town or in the nearest large city. Treat it like a foreign place and see it from a new point of view.
Try a New Restaurant
Who says you need to travel to experience foods from around the world? Your city likely has a lot of hidden gems that you’ve never experienced. Try authentic Thai, Brazilian, Greek, Middle Eastern, or Filipino foods. Go to a highly recommended ‘hole in the wall’ spot, then a fancy restaurant the next night. Vacations are all about trying new things and food is a great place to start.
Think Out of the Ordinary
Every area has its local attractions. These may be architectural gems, which you can look up on the National Register of Historical Places. It could also be a museum that you’re interested in such as art, history, cars, or sports. Or, it may be a botanical garden or a zoo. Whether big or small, many cities have theater, opera, or dance performances you can attend. Go to the local amusement or water park. Anything that gets you to see your city in a different perspective will be well worth your time.