What do you normally do on July 4th? BBQ? Fireworks? Chill out? What about taking a little patriotic vacay or staycay?
Do something different to celebrate the 4th but you don’t have the time to plan or the budget to really do it up right. A getaway sounds great but again, no time or moola for a proper vacay. Here are some of my summer mini getaway and staycation faves that will shake up your 4th!
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 ; )
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.
Make it Campy
Camping over the 4th of July is fabulous! Be it a campground, by a lake or on the beach, camping is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday. Grill out, meet new folks and enjoy!
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. I was recently introduced to the adven-Turo-us car rental team at Turo and although I haven’t tried them, I know they love adventure, so I had to share some of my summer mini getaway and staycation faves that will shake up your 4th!
Camping is also a great, affordable weekend trip that gets you away from the big city stress and in touch with nature.
Host a “Lock In”
Invite your friends over for an at-home getaway! Screen movies, backyard bbqs and games, card games, or even a cook off, keep it local and affordable and bring the vacation to you!
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! Summer time 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 ; )