If you don’t have the money or the vacation time to take a long vacation, you may want to take a daycation (just a day trip to a local area) or a staycation (a multiday trip staying either at a hotel in your home city or in your own house). You’ll save money on meals, transportation, and car rentals.
If you do decide to take a staycation, here are five tips to planning the perfect one.
- One of the great things about vacations is the lack of chores that you need to do. So, if possible, limit the amount of work you do at home – choosing instead to eat out for some meals and leaving the chores for later (or doing them in advance).
- Put together a list of the top 5 or 10 things to do in your home city. Think about what you’d recommend that a friend visiting would do. Then, plan to do those things on your staycation.
- If you are on a strict budget, find free or cheap things to do. Go to your local library for free or discounted passes to local attractions. Put together a picnic and eat at a local state park.
- If you stay in a local hotel, find one that you’ve always wanted to stay in. It’s best to choose a local hotel that is convenient to all attractions, so you don’t have to deal with the stress of driving.