Happy Thursday! Today we are talking travel — in your own backyard! I’m a big believer in making the most of wherever you’re at. SO. For those of you who either can’t take a vacation right now, or prefer to stay where you’re at, this post is for YOU! Sometimes staycations can be JUST as fun as vacations. Learning to love the city you’re in can be super fun and rewarding, and easy on your wallet.
#1: Spend time at your local pool.
This is my personal favorite so I put it as number one, obviously. I love pool time. This one is the obvious choice because it is so easy to feel like you are at a resort and away from your house. You can get a tan, lay out in the sun, enjoy time on a floaty…the options are endless. Grab your favorite swimsuit and head out to your nearest pool time location (or a beach, if it’s nearby).
#2: Ride a bike trail.
If you are into that sort of thing. Bike riding isn’t my favorite activity (unless it’s my spin class), but my husband loves it. Bike trails can be an AWESOME way to get to know where you live a little better. Most places have trails you can ride and your local tourism office often has maps of bikes trails and you can find more on the internet, obviously.
#3: Go to the theater.
Skip the movie theater and go see an actual production. We have a beautiful outdoor theater here in St. Louis with decently priced seats (and if you aren’t picky, some are even free) and we have a stunning theater downtown as well. It can be a nice change of pace to get out and experience the fun of live theater productions.
#4: Make some ground rules.
Make a list of rules for your staycation to ensure that everyone has the most vacation-like experience ever. No smartphones, laptops, internet, tv, etc. Whatever rules you set, be sure you follow them. Get to know your spouse of family better than you did before. Spend time actually talking and listening to your loved ones. Be intentional in your staycation.
#5: Try geocaching.
This one is super cool. Geocaches have really upped their game since I was a kid. It’s an outdoor treasure hunting kind of situation. Spend time hunting for the ones in your area and use it to get to know your backyard better than you did before! You may find out that there are things you didn’t even know about in your area.
#6: Go to a museum.
I personally LOVE museums. They can be a GREAT and low cost activity for your staycation. It can be a science museum, an art museum, a kids museum. There are a TON of different types of museums so you are sure to find one that everyone loves. It’s an awesome educational activity.
#7: Visit your nearest National Park.
There are National Parks all over the country, so there is bound to be one near you. It can be an awesome way to let out of energy hiking or camping with your family and friends. Take a weekend and getaway while still staying close by! Bonfires, canoeing, fishing and more are just some of the activities you can participate in.
#8: Visit your nearest Amusement Park.
We have a Six Flags near us that is a super fun day trip. If you LOVE amusement parks, find the one closest to you and enjoy the day! Waterparks, theme parks, rollercoasters. It’s literally fun for everyone. If you don’t like rollercoasters there are usually other fun rides like giant swings, lazy rivers and fair food to occupy your afternoon.
#9: Visit a zoo or aquarium.
I love zoos. It is SUCH a fun day trip to spend your afternoon looking at exotic animals in a close-to-home place. We love going to look at the big cats and eat italian ice. It makes me forget that I am still at home and makes me feeling like I’m on vacation somewhere more exciting than the midwest.
#10: Go to a sporting event.
We have the St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball stadium right near us, so if we wanted to go to a game, it would be super convenient. Find out where local teams play near you and go get into the game day spirit! Even minor leagues can be fun to watch. Grab a hot dog and some popcorn!!
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I hope you liked this post today! I fully believe that vacations are SO important, but you can have just as much fun “staycationing”. If money is tight or you just can’t feasible go on a vacation right now, I definitely think you should consider staying at home and learning more about your local activities.
Have you staycationed lately? What do you like to do when you stay home? Let me know in the comments below!