Now that summer is over, you may find yourself thinking, “How did that happen so fast? I didn’t even have time to take a vacation!” It’s important to try to squeeze in some relaxation time for yourself, and if taking an actual vacation doesn’t seem to be in the cards for you this year, consider taking a staycation this fall.
What exactly is a staycation? It’s taking time off in your home or hometown doing fun activities in which you wouldn’t normally participate. In other words, it’s a vacation at home. This is a great way to make time for you and/or your family to have some fun and not break the bank.
Because no travel or lodging is needed, you can find or create activities that won’t pinch your wallet. You just may find yourself a little more relaxed and ready to tackle the fall!
1) Set up events at home – I recently talked to someone who held his own Olympics at their house! They planned events like obstacle courses, egg races and putting contests, and got his friends, family and neighbors involved. Or you can take an easier path, like an all day movie-thon where everyone picks at least one movie that everyone else has to watch. Choose your friends wisely.
2) Spend the day at a local park - It can be this simple! Pack a picnic, grab a football/book/Frisbee and spend a day relaxing outdoors. Don’t forget bug spray and sunscreen!
3) Become a hometown tourist - Sometimes we forget just how much our city has to offer (I know I do!). Take a look at your hometown’s website and/or online travel guides and you may be surprised at what you find. There may be free museums, events and activities you didn’t know existed. Take a camera, fanny pack and anything else to make you a local tourist and gain an appreciation for your town!
4) Get campy - Want to spend a night away but don’t want to deal with the stress of travel arrangements? Consider finding a local campground. Bring scary stories and s’mores, and spend a night under the stars. Make the planning even easier by simply setting up camp in your back yard!
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