5 Best Staycation Tips
Going on a vacation is one of the best ways to explore new places and have some time to relax. But, who says you need to travel the world to experience something new?
That’s where a staycation comes in. A staycation allows you to enjoy all the benefits of a vacation without venturing too far from home. When is the last time you acted like a tourist in your own city? It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day and fall into a monotonous routine, which can make you forget to explore where you live.
Instead of traveling far away, stay close to home to discover all that your own city has to offer. Read on for our 5 best staycation tips for planning the ultimate vacation right where you live.
Explore Somewhere New
The best part of a staycation is getting the chance to see where you live in a new light. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new. Explore a new neighborhood or take a different route somewhere. Go for a walk and see where you end up. Instead of revisiting your local haunts, try a new coffee shop or restaurant, and maybe even find your new favorite spot. Most importantly, forget your routine and just go with the flow-it’s your vacation after all!
Be a Tourist
While true locals of a city shy away from any attractions that tourists flock to, act like a tourist just this once. Learn about where you live-from the history to the architecture to the culture.
Go to the museum you always pass, or eat at the restaurant that your city is famous for. Act like a tourist and visit the major attractions. If you’ve never been to the Statue of Liberty, now’s the time to go.
Or, if you live in a big city like London or New York, check out local tour opportunities to explore an alternative side of your city. Discover the art and music scene on a Camden walking tour or tour the iconic Apollo Theater to learn about Harlem history.
While people travel around the world to participate in events like Edinburgh Festival Fringe or Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, most of the time you don’t need to travel far for experiences similar to these.
Research your town’s events calendar or use sources like TimeOut for local events. Look for film or art festivals, restaurant weeks or even seasonal markets to go to. Check out what’s happening right where you live, and set aside some time during your staycation to participate.
Stay in a Hotel
While part of the fun in a staycation is not having to leave the comfort of your own home, sometimes the opportunity for room service and fluffy robes is too good to pass up. If that sounds like you, book a night-or two- in a local hotel. This makes your staycation feel more like a true vacation without having to stray too far from home.
One of the best parts of a vacation is getting some much needed time apart from technology. Just because you’re staying close to home doesn’t mean your phone needs to stay on too. Treat this like a true vacation, set your email to out of office and live in the moment without checking social media every five minutes. Unplug and relax, work can wait until your staycation is over.
Plan your staycation now and check out Visit.org to find sustainable travel experiences close to home!