For some, traveling the world can be an expensive thing and out of reach. For others, it can be downright stressful. Fortunately, you don’t have to travel the world to become exposed to other cultures. A staycation is a great way to vacation on a budget and get to know your city. A staycation is a vacation spent in your own city while enjoying day trips and local attractions.
Here are five tips for taking a staycation:
- Make plans and treat it like a real vacation and plan ahead. One of the perks of taking a staycation is not paying for a hotel or transportation which can use up a large portion of the budget. Planning can be part of the fun but it shouldn’t take up the same amount of hours you would spend on the vacation itself. Clean the house from top to bottom and tell friends and family that you will be unavailable for a week just as if you are going out of town.
- Go into vacation mode. Wind down the weekend before your official vacation. Don’t make it business as usual. Turn off all electronics with the exception of your cell phone to take pictures. If you can’t detach yourself from your phone, change the status to do not disturb and only use the camera. Don’t cook at all and stock up on paper goods and order in. What fun would it be to cook and clean every day?
- Explore your surroundings. Contact your local visitor’s bureau. There are countless brochures on theme parks, museums, theater, nature, food, and much more at your fingertips. Remember to visit places you’ve never gone before and step outside the box.
- Coupon, coupon, coupon, and coupon some more. Cash in on deals found during the summer, spring break, and holidays. Off season is also a great time to plan because businesses are looking for ways to bring in customers. Don’t be afraid to call local attractions and ask for deals. Groupon and Living Social are great places to find deals. Don’t forget to check your local papers for free events going on in your city like festivals, art shows, parks, etc. For those with kids, this is a great opportunity to introduce your kids to museums. Bank of America offers free museum admission to cardholders on select Saturdays of each month.
- Have fun! Don’t worry about what’s going on at work just because you are staying local this year. Sleep in but don’t waste the week by sleeping all day. You can do so much with the time you have if you plan wisely.