5 Picture-Perfect Ways to Spend Your Summer Staycation
by Tracey Pollack
When you could really use a getaway but don’t want to go too far away, treat yourself to a staycation for the best of both worlds. Just as its name suggests, a staycation combines the excitement and escape of a vacation with the convenience and comforts of home. Today, staycations are more popular than ever because they make it seem as if you’re spending time away, yet save you the hassles and expense of the typical trip. This budget-friendly, family-friendly alternative can be just as fun and relaxing as a traditional summer vacation with these thrilling staycation ideas.
- Play Tourist in Your Own Town
Since one of the best parts of travel is discovering new places, bring that experience home by exploring your own town, city or state. Visit the local tourist spots, check out the city’s attractions and see a concert coming to town. To escape the responsibilities of daily life, treat yourself to a stay at a nice nearby hotel and get away from the chores and errands of your every day.
- Turn Dining into an Adventure
Discover the tastes and temptations of cultures around the globe by exploring a world of cuisines at local ethnic restaurants. Each night of your staycation, visit a nearby restaurant serving specialties from a different country or region of the world. This exciting culinary journey can whisk you off to distant places like India, Korea and Greece. You can also get a taste of the local flavor by seeking out various neighborhood eateries you’ve always wanted to try.
- Unplug to Unwind
Send your devices on vacation to really relax during yours. Be sure to let people know you’re on vacation so they can give you the space you need. Step away from your smartphone, only checking it quickly once a day. Leave your email worries at work by setting an out-of-office message. And sign off of social media so you can enjoy your own life. Once you disconnect from your devices, you’ll be able to connect with the people and things you love.
- Make Your Staycation an Event
You don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy a lot of new experiences. Many places play host to exciting events all throughout the year, from art fairs and music festivals, to sporting events and parades. Most are free or nearly free, and there is always something exciting going on. Find out which local happenings are on the community’s calendar during your staycation, and then add them to your own.
Pack a Picnic
Give “dining out” a whole new meaning by enjoying a few good meals in the great outdoors. Simply pick up or pack up your favorite foods and take a seat in the open air. Bring breakfast to the beach, pack a picnic lunch in the park or dine al fresco beneath the stars. There’s something about the fresh air, cool breeze and change of scenery that makes meals feel much more special—whether it’s a fancy gourmet feast or the usual turkey sandwich.
When you’re ready for a vacation but a far-off trip is your last resort, settle in for a staycation to get away without going away.