The Art of the Staycation

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So I think it’s safe to say now that Labor Day has passed, many of us are wondering where the summer went. For those in my boat, we’re still thinking about that summer vacation that never happened. Well good news – it may not be too late! (Yes, you may clap now.)

Most people that know me well are aware of my love for staycations. While I plan to see the world in my lifetime, my wallet just isn’t there right now. Even “every once in a blue moon” can be a stretch at this point while getting established. So any chance to get away, even if locally, is a treat.

The staycation can be conquered alone, with your mate, a group of friends, family…whichever you prefer. While I’ve had some of the best vacations with the company of others, there are times I need to unplug and opt out for the solo option. So it really just depends on your preference.

The idea of a “staycation” is staying close to home while reaping the benefits of a more traditional vacation. Those benefits may be taking in a beach view, long bike rides, shopping with friends or eating at great restaurants all while enjoying relief from rushing home to do housework or the drag of having to prepare for work the next day.

Another benefit of the staycation is avoiding the common headaches of longer distance travel: long lines at the airport, security checks, restless children kicking the back of your seat on the airplane. Ring a bell? Sometimes there’s just peace of mind in making the drive and pulling up to your hotel.

Whether you are traveling to the next city over or making a 1-2 hour trek to your town of relaxation, here are a few ideas to make the most of your trip:

  • Lay low at the hotel: Lounge by the pool, check out games from the front desk – board games or outdoor games, or just sit outside to catch up on reading.
  • Explore nearby shopping: Depending on the size of the city, shopping options could range from a large mall to a small old town area with a row of shops. Either way, try choosing options that are most unlike where you usually shop at home.
  • Look for local tours: Check out city tours that highlight common points of interest as well as those off the beaten path.

If you are looking for new, exciting places to visit near your home check out local magazines and newspapers that may provide inspiration through hotel discounts, activities or other featured articles and ads. Also, one of the best advertisements is word of mouth. Ask around! Perhaps a co-worker or friend just took a quick weekend trip. They may have some great suggestions for your staycation.

Now enough reading! Go off and day dream about your next get-away!



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