Vacations are synonymous with summer. But if you’re not in the mood, or don’t have the money for a typical summer vacation, why not try a “staycation”? This can consist of taking day trips or even just hanging out and doing things around the house. Foregoing a vacation in favor of a staycation can be less stressful, and can help you to save money for a future dream vacation or big purchase.
Sound good? Here’s a list of ideas to help get your staycation planning in motion!
- Indulge in a movie marathon. Break out the popcorn, find a comfy chair, and pick out some of your favorite flicks and a few new ones to watch.
- Try out a few different mini golf courses. Whether it’s with a friend or a big group, it’s always a fun time “putting” around town.
- Explore your local library. Not only can you find some great new summer reading material, but the quiet relaxing atmosphere and air conditioning can make for the perfect summer getaway!
- Track down and visit a children’s museum. The displays and exhibits typically are for kids of all ages, so nobody should be bored.
- Check out local tourist attractions. You know which ones they are, but you probably avoid them because, well, you’re a “local.” Here’s your chance to find out why visitors are flocking to them!
- Hit the water with a canoe or kayak. But don’t forget to wear a life jacket and other appropriate gear.
- Grab takeout dinners for a few nights in a row. Or have the food delivered right to your door. Who wants to cook when they’re on a staycation?!
- Stop by a farmers market. Grab some fresh fruits, vegetables and meats to take home or share.
- Plan a block party or neighborhood cookout. It’s a great way to hang out with old friends and mingle with new ones.
- Take a tour of a local winery or brewery. There are bound to be at least a few in your region, and it’s a great way to show support for these local businesses.
- Visit historic landmarks in your area. Who knows? You might be shocked to learn about an ancient Indian burial ground right outside your town!
- Organize a progressive dinner. This is a great way to reconnect with folks you haven’t seen in a while. And besides, you won’t have to do all the cooking!
- Take a long bike ride or hike. Just remember to stay hydrated, wear sturdy shoes, and apply sun blocker.
- Have your kids plan a scavenger hunt. It could be as simple as having it in your backyard, or expanding it to include a local park or playground.
- Take a few painting or guitar lessons. You may just end up getting hooked on a new hobby.
- Do some backyard camping. You don’t have to travel far to sleep out under the stars and make some s’mores. A stay-at-home camping night can be huge fun for the kids, with much less hassle for Mom and Dad.