As our cherished summer months are coming to an end, it's important to savor every moment. A great way to do this without breaking the bank is by planning a staycation. A staycation is a vacation spent at home or in your hometown. This may sound boring to some but with these helpful tips, you won't need a change of scenery to enjoy your time off.
Preparing for a stay at home may sound counter-intuitive, but some planning will help you make the most of your time. Give your home a good clean. This will help you relax on your staycation as you'll be surrounded by a calm, clean space and you won't feel the urge to clean when you should be sitting back. Spruce up your place with some fresh flowers and a nice candle to really get into vacation mode.
So often do we waste time mindlessly scrolling through our phones or stress ourselves out trying to catch up on emails. A staycation is the time to unplug yourself. Go off the grid and turn your phone off. If you can't completely go without your phone, try putting it on silent for a while and staying off of it. A staycation should be about you. Sometimes all we really need to do to recenter ourselves and loosen up is to unplug from reality.
#3 Be a Tourist in Your Own City
There's bound to be tons of attractions in your city that you haven't visited. Make your staycation the time to be a touristy in your own city. This is the time to visit that museum you always pass on the street or hike that trail you've never had time to explore. You don't have to travel to a different city to try new things and explore new places, you can experience new and exciting things from the comfort of your own city. This may even give you a greater sense of appreciation for where you live.
#4 Check Out Airbnb Experiences
Another way to dive deeper into touring your city is by checking out Airbnb Experiences. These are cooking lessons, art classes, hikes, city tours, bar crawls and other experiences hosted by locals. You could take a walking tour of your city hosted by another local or bar crawl your way through your town's favorite spots. Through these experiences, you get to meet other people who have signed up, tourists and locals alike. Check out some of the experiences hosted in your city here.
#5 Take Some Time for Yourself
Taking time for yourself is the most important part about enjoying a staycation. Your time off should be about taking care of yourself and feeling refreshed from day-to-day life. Take a bath, schedule a massage, order your favorite meal. You know the things that make you feel whole and happy. Indulge in them! A staycation is all about allowing yourself the simple pleasure of taking some time to do the things that make you happy and relax.