Visit your city’s tourist attractions. Exploit theme park deals and let your hair down on the roller-coaster with your loved ones. Seclude yourself in a reasonably priced hotel for the night, making most of the jacuzzi or pool. Unleash the explorer in you. Trek to a nearby mountain or nature preserve and camp overnight. Drive to the outskirts to escape the city's humdrum.
Most of us are pretty surprised as to how fast summer arrived but I’m sure we can all agree that summer rules! Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season, packed with sun, pools, beaches bbqs and travel. But since it crept up on us this year, perhaps you aren’t able to plan or afford a lavish early summer getaway.
Well, I’ve got the next best thing! You can still enjoy all that summer and a vacation have to offer with a fun, budget-friendly staycation! Yep, staying local can keep things cheap and time conscious while still giving you that “getaway” feeling.
It might be just what you need to recharge your batteries, enjoy the first holiday weekend of summer and keep you going till the next vacation time!
Some Staycation Favourites
Be A Hometown Tourist
Many residents don’t take the time to visit all the landmarks and attractions that their hometown is famous for. Be like a tourist and visit a popular monument, a local museum or attend a hockey game. Sometimes a stay-cation is all you need to recharge.
Theme Park It!
Be a kid again. Gather some friends and spend a few hours at a nearby theme park. Let loose and ride the roller coasters. Look out for resident deals to save you some cash. Summer time brings out the kid in all of us so a theme park suits the mood.
Go online and find a reasonably priced hotel in your own city, book a room for a night or two and go. Since your stay will be short, you can even splurge and go for that five star hotel that you have always wanted to visit.
Enjoy the luxuries of room service and all the amenities, such as the pool and jacuzzi. This provides the feeling of being away without the mileage or the airfare. Take the night to just relax by yourself or with someone special. If you have kids, find a hotel with fun activities or a neat pool while you take time to chillax!
Take A Hike
Find a nearby nature preserve or mountain with marked hiking trails. Grab your boots, backpack and water bottle and get moving. Make the most of the sun and warm weather by taking in all that nature has to offer. Pack a lunch and make a day out of it with pals.
Plan to do something fun for the day. Look up towns and landmarks that are up to 2 hours away so you can make it up and back comfortably with time to explore. You’d be surprised how even being 30 minutes outside of the city can feel like being a world away.
Plan ahead to take the whole weekend off and devote it to yourself, your friends or your family. Find good last minute deals for spas, hotels and even flights. For us Southern Californians, Vegas is a quick and inexpensive getaway if you know where to look. For Floridians, Orlando. Explore as far as you can for as long as you can.
Camping is also a great, affordable weekend trip that gets you away from the big city stress and in touch with nature.
Get out there and do SOMETHING! Whether you need some time to yourself to prepare for school or a new job or have a family and want to make some final summer memories, explore your world and enjoy it while you can.