Everyone needs to take a break, but sometimes you may find yourself a little short on funds or the extended time for a trip away from home. Staycations are a great way to have some fun and relaxation without spending money on airfare or leaving the comfort of your home or city. These fun staycation ideas will help you plan a great break without breaking the bank.
1. Take a Hike
Checking out new places is a great way to have a change of scenery and sometimes all you need is a little bit of nature. Consider looking online for hiking trails in your area. Hiking trails aren’t hard to find and are a great way to get out and about while enjoying fresh air and beautiful scenery.
Make sure to pick a trail that fits your fitness level and the distance you can normally walk. The point is to enjoy your experience rather than stress over whether you will finish or not. Just remember to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated!
2. Indoor Movie Marathon
If you want to stay indoors all day, invite some friends over or just settle yourself down for a movie (or series binge) day at home. With the large amount of streaming services available these days, it’s easy to find a list of movies or shows to check out. So, feel free to recline and get comfortable on your couch with a container of popcorn and enjoy a lazy day indoors with all your favorite classics, new releases and everything else in between.
If you don’t know what to watch then make random selections or look up recommendations online, you never know what hidden gems you’ll find as your next addiction.
3. Game Day
Looking for something to do with others? Arrange a game tournament or game day and invite friends over to participate. Set up a bunch of board games or pull out your switch for a round of Smash Bros and enjoy some friendly competition. Why not have prizes to add to the merriment! Consider silly dares or give out treats, they are fun incentives everyone can enjoy.
Just remember to choose your games carefully, Mario Kart and Uno have been known to ruin a great number of friendships. So perhaps stick to safer choices such as Cards Against Humanity or Clue.
4. Take a Spa Day
The reason why we take vacations is because we all need a break from the hustle and bustle of our daily routines. Consider taking a day for yourself at a spa to wind down and be pampered. You won’t have to raid your savings as most spas offer value packages so go ahead indulge and search online for one near you.
Get to the spa early to allow your mind and body to calm down and relax. Step into a steam sauna or soak in a whirlpool before your treatment. You’re starting to feel Zen just thinking about, aren’t you? Make your reservations today.
5. Visit the Zoo or Aquarium
Feel like going on an adventure in the city? Go to your local aquarium or zoo and visit the marine and wildlife. Spend time with the lions and elephants, or walk along side sharks and penguins, there’s a whole new world awaiting, and you get to explore it.
Many zoos and aquariums hold regular events such as animal feeding, behind exhibit tours, or informative presentations where you can get up close with certain species. If you’re interested in any of the added experiences, simply check the organization’s website and plan your trip accordingly.
6. Taste Test in Your City
You won’t have to go too far to try that new restaurant in town or have your taste buds explore the most authentic international cuisine in the city. Plan to take a mini food tour for your staycation and you can start by getting recommendations or search online for the best restaurants, diners, and eateries for you to enjoy.
You can choose to discover who serves the best Ruben or chocolate cake, or who has the cheapest lunch menu. The possibilities are endless but remember to prepare and set aside a budget for this vacation experience in your city.