Wow, where has this year gone? It was a tough winter, a quick spring and OMG, here we are at the front steps of summer. Memorial Day weekend is almost here and yep, it snuck up on all of us. Not much time to plan a vacation but you want to have a great summer opener, right?
Since everyone is still stuck at work and can’t quite head out on a big summer vacay just yet, I’ve got tips for budget-friendly, local Memorial Day staycation! Yep, staying local can keep things cheap and time conscious while still giving you that “getaway” feeling. It might be just what you need to recharge your batteries, enjoy the first holiday weekend of summer and keep you going till the next vacation time!
Here are some of my staycation faves!
Be a Hometown Tourist
Many residents don’t take the time to visit all the landmarks and attractions that their hometown is famous for. Make like a tourist and visit a popular monument, a local museum or attend a hockey game. Sometimes a stay-cation is all you need to recharge ; )
Want to feel like you went away but want all the comforts of home? Camp out in your backyard! Do it up with a fun bbq, campfire stories and sleeping in tents under the stars while still having access to you clean bathroom! Invite friends over for a full on camping experience without the road trip!
Go online and find a reasonably priced hotel in your own city, book a room for a night or two and go. Since your stay will be short, you can even splurge and go for that five star hotel that you have always wanted to visit.
Enjoy the luxuries of room service and all the amenities, such as the pool and jacuzzi. This provides the feeling of being away without the mileage or the airfare. Take the night to just relax by yourself or with someone special. If you have kids, find a hotel with fun activities or a neat pool while you take time to chillax!
Take a Hike!
Find a nearby nature preserve or mountain with marked hiking trails. Grab your boots, backpack and water bottle and get moving. Make the most of the sun and warm weather by taking in all that nature has to offer. Pack a lunch and make a day out of it with pals.
Plan to do something fun for the day. Look up towns and landmarks that are up to 2 hours away so you can make it up and back comfortably with time to explore. You’d be surprised how even being 30 minutes outside of the city can feel like being a world away ; )
Plan ahead to take the whole weekend off and devote it to yourself, your friends or your family. Find good last minute deals for spas, hotels and even flights. For us Southern Californians, Vegas is a quick and inexpensive getaway if you know where to look. For Floridians, Orlando. Explore as far as you can for as long as you can.
Camping is also a great, affordable weekend trip that gets you away from the big city stress and in touch with nature.
Theme Park it!
Be a kid again. Gather some friends and spend a few hours at a nearby theme park. Let loose and ride the roller coasters. Look out for resident deals to save you some cash. If you’re afraid of what to chow on while you’re there, check out my healthy theme parks article! Summertime brings out the kid in all of us so a theme park suits the mood.
No matter what you do this Labor Day, get out there and do SOMETHING! Whether you need some time to yourself to prepare for school or a new job or have a family and want to make some final summer memories, explore your world and enjoy it while you can ; )