Don’t have the funds to vacation at an all-inclusive, tropical resort this summer? Don’t despair. Skip the expense and stress of traveling afar by enjoying a staycation in your own city. You already live in a luxury apartment that rivals some of the best hotels, and chances are there are plenty of places nearby that you haven’t had time to explore yet. Here’s how to plan an unforgettable staycation.
Take note of interesting places that you want to visit—a spa or restaurant that you pass on your daily commute or activities that your friends and coworkers have raved about. Magazines Via and Sunset are also great resources to learn about local attractions in the west that you might enjoy, while Frommers.com and Foddors.com offer ideas to be a tourist in your own town anywhere in the country.
Set a Budget
Once you have a master list for your staycation, set a budget and research prices. You may be able to make some otherwise cost-prohibitive activities affordable with Groupons or City Deals. Museums, zoos and other “tourist” attractions in your area may also offer free days that you can plan your time off around.
Find a Travel Buddy
Sometimes solitude is nice, but even local travel is usually more fun with a friend or significant other in tow. Even if your BFF lives in another state he or she can save money by staying in your apartment, and next year you can stay in their residence.
Ditch the Routine
Set the auto-responder on your email, then turn off your computer. Resist the urge to check your email on your phone. Ignore the dirty laundry. Don’t grab a cup of Joe on the go—instead, sit around in a plush “hotel” robe while you sip an espresso that was delivered to your apartment. Act the way you do while on vacation.
Learn Something New
Part of what makes vacationing so invigorating isn’t just being in a different place, but trying new things. Book a tee time with a golf pro or learn how to paddleboard while staycationing. If you prefer to do something indoors, make a reservation for a wine and paint party at Pinot’s Palett or sign up for a Salsa dancing class.
Splurge a Little Bit
Sure that budget you made is important, but it’s equally important to splurge and spoil yourself. Use the money you saved from Groupon to try that pricy restaurant or hire a maid service for a week. You won’t regret it.
Planning the perfect staycation is easy with these six tips. Do you have any other advice? Share it below.