So, you’re stuck in your hometown or college city. Maybe you can’t afford or don’t have the time to go on vacation. Or you’ve got loads of summer classes to worry about, a job, or maybe you’ve just gotta stick around with your family. Being stuck at home on a staycation can really suck when your college friends are all posting on their Instagrams about their trips to Hawaii or Europe. But a staycation doesn’t have to be horrible.
Staycations are actually a great way to get know your city or town a little more, catch up with old friends, and maybe get even find some new hobbies. You don’t have to spend the summer drowned in social media or Netflix. Don’t get me wrong, getting caught up with Orange Is The New Black on Netflix can be fun, but there are so many more meaningful ways to spend your summer. You don’t have to be in the Bahamas or Taiwan to have a blast!
1. Catch Up With Old Friends
Chances are good you’re not the only one stuck at home. In fact, it’s highly likely especially if you’re in your hometown a couple of your old high school buddies are home too. Instead of sitting alone at home why not shoot some of them a text or two? You can meet up for a cup of coffee or go bowling. It’s a great way to keep connections with old friends and check in with them for real. Sure there’s social media but that only tells you half the story. Asking to meet up irl again really shows you care and want to maintain the friendship. Plus it’s a great excuse to go out to dinner or see a movie.
2. Learn Something New
Even if you’ve got a job or summer classes, or maybe even both chances are you’ve still got some free time. Since you likely don’t have a full courseload of classes lined up, why not take the chance to find a new hobby or skill? Chances are good there’s sewing classes in your area, a writing workshop or two, and some painting classes. It’s a great way to learn something new and useful. You can search GroupOn for cheap classes in your area and you’re bound to find something interesting. Plus, it’ a great way to meet new people!
3. Attend Local Events
Who says you have to drive far to find a great festival? Often summer is a great time to check out local events in your area, because there’s usually a lot going on. From fairs to Renaissance festivals, you can find a lot of fun events around. You can scavenge the events near you on Facebook, or even look in the local newspaper. Sometimes there are even smaller weekly events you can do like going to the farmer’s market or attending a free music show in the park.
4. Explore The City Or Town
Even if you grew up in the city you’re at, chances are good there’s still a lot you haven’t explored or seen. You could go check out the new shops or restaurants opening up, or visit a neighborhood you’ve never been to. You can even search for “hidden” areas like a quiet hiking area or hole-in-the-wall restaurant. If you’re willing to look, there’s almost always something new and interesting to find!
5. Create Something
Summer doesn’t have to be spent lazing around. If you’re stuck at home, you can work on a summer project that challenges your skills. Think of something you’ve always wanted to do but were to busy for like a big painting, starting a blog, or novel. Or if you’re more crafty, maybe sew a dress or paint your room. It’s a great to make something worthwhile, boost your creativity, and show off your skills.