Need a getaway, but you can’t leave town? Take a staycation! A staycation is a vacation, except it doesn’t involve having to pack your bags and leave home. There are different variations of this. Some staycations are taken completely at home, and some involve multiple day trips to nearby areas, or even an overnight outing in a local area.
Just like a traditional vacation, a staycation is best when planned. Researching local activities, deciding on a budget and getting the family involved can help make your staycation a success.
The next time you have a few days off, but for whatever reason you can’t leave town, try a few of these summer staycation ideas for easy fun and relaxation! There are ideas for every budget, and many of them are free!
1. Try being a tourist in your own town. Many people confess that there are attractions in or around their own community that they have never seen. Do a little research, and see what your community has to offer.
2. Find free events and attractions. Get online and find out what is going on for free in your area. Often times, museums have free or discounted days. See what kinds of cultural events or festivals are taking place nearby. Visit parks that you normally wouldn’t go to, or see if any are hosting outdoor movie nights.
3. Plan a stay-at-home vacation. If you have kids, get together and plan some fun activities together. If the weather is going to be hot and you don’t have a pool, turn your backyard into a water park! Gather water balloons, squirt guns, a sprinkler or whatever you can find. Put on some festive island music and have plenty of popsicles or other frozen treats available.
4. Pick a theme: An arts and crafts staycation could involve visiting a museum or two and then having an “art party.” Make and decorate masks, do paper mache, create a family mural. Purchase some cheap canvases and create abstract art. Display the family’s “gallery” outdoors and invite friends and neighbors over for an art show.
5. Other theme ideas: Nature, volunteer, fitness, spa day, etc.
With some imagination and planning, you can come up with tons of summer staycation ideas that will create wonderful memories for years to come.