[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]With the rising prices of everything from gas to groceries, some people may find it hard to plan a vacation this year. But by planning a “staycation” you don’t have to travel any further than your own hometown to enjoy a relaxing and entertaining vacation.
A staycation is a vacation at home. You can save you money and see your hometown through new eyes. We’ve compiled a list of 10 tips for planning a staycation that will not only help you plan a fabulous “trip,” but also feel just as excited and relaxed as you would for a traditional vacation.
Just as you would for traditional travel, plan ahead and budget for your trip. Make sure you have enough money set aside to enjoy everything you plan on doing; eating out, visiting attractions, spa services, etc.
Try to look at your city through new eyes. Go online to sites like tripadvisor.com to find out what attractions are popular in your city. Find out if there are any new restaurants opening that you’d like to try or hidden gems you’ve never heard of.
Consider winter travel
Most people plan vacations for summertime. But if you’re staying home, consider planning a winter staycation. You may be able to enjoy unique wintertime events in your city and avoid large crowds at tourist locations.
Treat it like a real vacation
Remember, this is your vacation. You should treat it like one. Take time off of work and commit to not working, just as you would if you were traveling. Before your staycation begins, get all of your chores done at home so you’re not tempted to do laundry or cut the grass.
Try new things
While researching your city, find out if there are any new attractions you haven’t seen. Treat yourself to a spa day, a visit to a winery, and other things you don’t normally take the time for.
Make a list of the attractions your city is well-known for. Even if you’ve visited them before, go again and take your time. Visit historical sites, take tours of museums or science centers, and take part in city tours.
Turn off electronic
Commit to really letting yourself relax. Turn off your computer and cell phone. Even letting the DVR catch your regular shows will allow you to relax and really feel like you’re on vacation.
Take pictures and videos and keep momentos from the memorable parts of your staycation.
Even though the goal behind a staycation is to stay money, you may be able to go to a hotel for at least a night or two. You can take advantage of spa packages, swimming pools, or room service.
You can also stay home – literally. Especially exciting if you have kids, you can plan to camp out in backyard, have themed food nights (Italy, France, Mexico, etc.) or movie nights in.