There are times when I need a vacation. Staying at home can be boring, but only boring people are bored right? So why not make the most of your time, money, and surroundings with a staycation. I’ve found taking a vacation in my home city is a great way to keep my travel instincts sharp. I figure if I can push myself to seek out newness and fun within my city limits, there’s no limit to what I can do when I go to a foreign place.
Regardless of how long you’ve lived in your current city, I’d be willing to bet it has some cool things to do that you haven’t tried yet. These are just a few ways to get your staycation on and see where you’re living in a whole different light.
Set the rules.
Who needs rules for a vacation? You do. We all do. Rules are what are going to keep your vacation an actually vacation. Treat your vacation like a vacation that means- don’t pick up your phone. Don’t answer work emails. Try and stay as far away from chores, work and errands as you can. You are on vacation! I know if I don’t force myself to take a break, I will start working on that big “to do” list that has been building. Be strict with yourself.
Think outside the box.
Creative people go on Staycations so think outside the box! Give yourself permission to get that in-home massage or rent a luxury vehicle for a few days. It can be as fancy as hiring a personal chef for a romantic dinner or as simple as treating yourself to a luxurious bath with chocolate and wine. I’ll have some more ideas in future blogs.
Try a new restaurant.
I love to find new places to eat, and that is why I am a big fan of Yelp. Try going to one of those places you’ve “always meant to visit”. You might want to try a local hotel restaurant. It doesn’t have to be fancy either, just try a new type of food in a romantic mom and pop place.
Do the “tourist thing”
Many people, myself included, try to stay far away from touristy hot spots. You can do that if you haven’t. Most people don’t explore their own back yard. The best way to feel like a tourist is to act like one. How many times do you go to a foreign country and try to blend in with the locals. Well, you are local, so take the opportunity to stand out.
Treat yourself to a hotel stay.
I live by Disneyland and so I wouldn’t think of going to a local hotel. That means I am missing out on some of the best hotels in the world. Don’t miss out on local luxury. Go to a place with a high tread count. Pamper yourself, with a nice long bath or by ordering room service. When you wake up you’ll feel rested, refreshed, and ready to tackle real life.
Don’t Count Calories
One of the best things about vacations, is allow yourself to indulge in the local fare “I’m on vacation after all.” So take the time to treat yourself to your favorite foods. Are you in the mood for a six course dinner or an Amazonian BBQ Buffet? What about indulging in those carbs you have been avoiding or that decadent dessert you’ve been wanting to try. Never order take-out? Then do it! Bon Appétit!
Look at Travelzoo.com or Zozi.com for some ideas but do something that will push you right out of your box. Are you the type to go zip lining? Snorkeling? Then why don’t you take a trapeze lessons, archery class or go salsa dancing? Though resting and eating is wonderfully restful, you can still have a local adventure.
Even though you are limiting your phone time, make sure you take pictures. Memories are the best parts of vacations. My staycations have really helped me renew my love for my city. I don’t have to wait to take a break. All you need is a weekend or even a day. With a little thought outside the box, you’ll open yourself up to a very cool, refreshing and unique experience. Enjoy!