For some, the idea of staying in their hometown for a week with nothing to do is living the dream. For others, it can feel suffocating. Whether you’re planning a staycation because you want to know your area better, or don’t have the budget for going elsewhere, you may not know where to start. What even is a staycation anyway?
Staycations are all about you. Just because you’re staying in the area doesn’t mean that you have to be bored all week. Staycations are what you make of them, which means that the amount of planning equals the kind of experience you’ll have.
You may be staying in the same place, but it’s about gaining a different perspective. If you don’t feel like frequenting all your favorite places but don’t know what to do, look no further. We’ve compiled some tips to help you plan your ideal staycation.
Explore Your Hometown
Whether you live in a small town that doesn’t have much to do or you live in a big city, we can confidently say that there’s probably at least one restaurant that you haven’t been to or one place you haven’t explored…yet.
If you don’t already have a list of places or attractions in mind that you would like to visit, try using resources available to tourists. After all, if you want to be like a tourist, then you have to think like a tourist. Resources include websites created about your town or city for people who are visiting, brochures from your area’s welcome center or apps like Yelp to find restaurants that you haven’t been to. Even going on a walk or a drive can help you discover something you are interested in seeing or doing.
Check Events in Your Area
Do you live by any museums? Does your area have any landmarks? What about places that offer tours? Check local venues to see if there are any upcoming events such as concerts, festivals or workshops. If you really want to have the vacationer’s experience, you can even book a room at a resort or hotel, just to change the view.
If you feel that you have seen everything that your hometown has to offer, then you can even venture into the next town over.
Spend Time Outdoors
The best things in life are free. Going outdoors is not only beneficial for your wallet, but also for your health. Outdoor activities can be relaxing or stimulating, depending on your preference. From running and swimming to reading a book and tanning, there’s something for everyone.
Mix Recreation and Relaxation
Balance is key when planning any staycation. It’s good to include activities that will help you relax, like reading, napping and visits to the spa. For activities that will get you moving, try an exercise class or shopping.
Do It All with Friends
Bring your friends and loved ones into your staycation for added fun. Remember that friend that you’ve been meaning to see? Ask them to grab lunch and catch up.
To get around busy work schedules, you can host an inclusive gathering at your house such as a game night or barbecue.
Our final piece of advice is to not give into the temptation to do work. If you see housework that needs to be done or remember something that you need to do for your job, you have our permission to not do it. To get the most out of your staycation, unplug from email and social media. You’ll thank yourself for it later.