If you don’t have the money or the vacation time to take a long vacation, you may want to take a staycation. A staycation can range from just a day trip (often called a daycation) to a longer stay. You’ll save money on meals, transportation, and car rentals, and get the opportunity to explore a place close to home. Want to take a staycation? Here are four tips to planning the perfect one, along with some staycation ideas.
What is a staycation? A staycation is a trip is your local area. You won’t need to take a plane or train to your staycation destination, and you can stay for one night or several nights. Pick a destination that is close to your home – like the nearest city to your home, for instance. You can stay at home for your staycation – traveling each day to a new spot in your state, or you can stay in a local hotel.
One of the great things about vacations is the lack of chores that you need to do. If you stay at home for your staycation, 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). If you have older kids, make sure they are part of the staycation plans. Otherwise, they may end up making plans with friends and your staycation plans will be thwarted.
To start with your list of staycation ideas, put together a list of the top 5 or 10 things to do in your home state. Think about what you’d recommend that a friend visiting would do. Then, plan to do those things on your staycation. In many cases, you’ll probably find that you haven’t done things in your state that many visitors have done. Find some great restaurants as well. If you don’t have ideas on where to go, ask friends or look up ideas on TripAdvisor or Yelp.
If you are on a strict budget, find free or cheap things to do during your staycation. Go to your local library for free or discounted passes to local attractions. Put together a picnic and eat at a local state park. You may also find great deals on local attractions through a group buying site like Groupon.
If you stay in a local hotel for your staycation, 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. It’s also a great idea to find a hotel with amenities that you’ll use, such as an indoor pool.
Have you taken a staycation? What are your best staycation ideas?