Going on a vacation is one of the best ways to explore the world and have some down time. However, there’s no need to venture far to experience something new. A staycation is one of the best ways to reap all the benefits a vacation has to offer while allowing you to have all of the fun without the cost. Instead of hopping on a plane for your next getaway, act like a tourist in your own city! Instead of getting in the same routine every day, get up and explore your surroundings. Read on for our five best staycation ideas for that good getaway feeling right outside of your doorstep.
- Wine, cheese, and movie night with friends
While the idea of “Netflix and chill” on vacation might not sound exciting, when was the last time you had your friends over for a movie night? You can get dressed up, have a potluck dinner and drink wine, or you can have a pajama night and lounge together on the couch. Whether you dress up or dress down, it will be a memorable night to bond with friends and enjoy a new movie without the $20 price tag that comes along with going out to the cinema.
- Explore your city
Make a plan to sightsee your city as a “world traveler” would. Whether it’s visiting popular tourist attractions, checking out a local food festival or just spending time learning what makes your city special. Wandering around the unknown streets, you’re guaranteed to appreciate your city that much more. Think about all the restaurants, coffee shops and hidden gems that await – you could be living in a tourist’s paradise all along!
- Stay at a local hotel
The best way to feel like you’re actually going on a vacation is by leaving the comfort of your own home and relaxing in fluffy robes while enjoying room service. Even if it’s just for a night, disassociating from the familiar places and everyday routines will give you that amazing ‘I’m on vacation’ feeling. While your kids enjoy the pool or game room, head to the spa to get some much needed downtime.
If you’re more outdoorsy and crave adventure, pitching a tent in your backyard with the kids creates the perfect getaway without leaving the home. Build a fire, make smores and watch the stars – a classic camping night will be captivating for the kiddos without having to take them anywhere!
- Power down
Relaxing is the best part of a vacation, and what better way to get the most of your vacation than by unplugging from technology? Treat your staycation like a real vacation and live in the moment without continuously checking emails or social media. You are guaranteed to relax and connect with your family when you “check-out” from the web.