The art of the staycation

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As spring approaches, most of us remember the glory of Spring Break and Summer Vacation—taking off for far-away destinations and fun in the sun. But what if you’re saving up for a big expense or paying off student loans? Choosing a staycation for your next break from work to save money and get to know your own community can be a great idea.

A staycation is exactly what it sounds like: a vacation where you stay at home. And if you think that doesn’t sound too exciting, read on for some ideas to make your next staycation unforgettable.

1. Check out the local attractions

We’re used to doing all the touristy things when we travel—visiting the zoo, checking out cool downtown areas, going to museums—but we often don’t take the time to get to know our own communities. Act like a tourist in your hometown and see what new places you can discover!

To take this idea to the next level, recruit your friends to join you on a round-the-town tournament—play all the local miniature golf courses or bowling alleys, with a prize for each day’s winner and a grand prize overall. Have fun with it!

2. Get your zen on

Consider unplugging from all technology and going media-free for your staycation—and maybe double down by signing up for yoga classes or spiritual meditation sessions. A pure zen retreat doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, it just takes time and focus…and a willingness to separate yourself from your cell phone for longer than five minutes. (You can do it!)

3. Become a Geocacher!

Imagine yourself on a treasure hunt requiring only your cell phone (or other GPS-enabled device), some gas in your tank, and a mind for adventure. Google “geocaching” and check out the apps and sites to get started. You’ll be directed to “buried treasure” located in your own area, and can set out by yourself or with friends to find where X marks the spot!

4. Restaurant Hop, Pub Crawl, or Breakfast Bounce

It seems like new restaurants open up every week in some cities, and who has time to try them all? You do, on your staycation! Celebrate how much money you’re saving by staying home by taking yourself out to several new restaurants, brewpubs, cafes, diners or dives to get to know all the fresh tastes in your own backyard.

5. Take up a new hobby

Sometimes getting started on a new hobby can seem incredibly daunting, but there’s no better time than a staycation to dedicate yourself to your craft—literally. Use the precious days of your staycation as an incubator to get a jump start on your newest business idea, project, hobby or goal…or maybe take one of those classes you’ve been meaning to start for the past several months. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish in a short time.

Vacations are all about relaxing, and your staycation should definitely include lots and lots of naps…but once you get up and are ready to embrace your staycation fully, there are lots of options for you to make it one of the best breaks ever from work. So relax and enjoy your custom-tailored staycation…we’ll leave a light on for you!

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