Why a Staycation?
Staycations can be cheap and fun. One of the best parts is just getting a nice hotel, being lazy and enjoying the room. Another thing about vacations is that usually you do not spend a lot of time in your hotel room. That would be a waste, right? To spend the money on the plane ticket just to sit in a hotel room? Well this is where the staycation comes in. The trip partially is the hotel room.
Find the Perfect Place to Stay
As I mentioned, the best part of a staycation is where you stay. So do some research and find the best place to stay for you. Whether it is the newest hotel in town, a hotel with old time character, or a tiny house. Speaking of which – don’t be afraid of airbnb! You can find some seriously cool places – often cheaper than a hotel room. And more private. Plus, if you go with a big group you can split the cost and still stay close together.
Where to Go
When I say staycation, you don’t have to stay in the very city you live in. Go somewhere close. If you live in a suburb, you might want to go to the biggest city that is closest to you. Alternatively, if you live in a city, you might want to stay at a small town near you. It is nice to get away from the city for a while and just relax. Since I live in San Antonio, my favorite go to is Fredericksburg, TX. It is close enough by that I don’t spend a lot of money on gas, but there is still tons to do. Tons of good bed and breakfasts, wineries, breweries, and great food.
Need More Ideas?
Still not sure where to visit? Google “Day Trips from _____ (your hometown)”. A lot of big cities even have travel books. For instance, I checked out this book from my library for ideas. Which brings me to another point, go to your library and check out the travel book section. They are likely to have state specific trips that will be within your reach. They will give you information like the best places to stay, eat, shop, as well as activities specific to that city. These are a great resource, and getting it from your library is free.
The Bottom Line
Need a break but can’t afford a plane ticket? Rethink a staycation! Find a town near you, reserve a room, and spend the weekend eating, drinking, and relaxing. Sometimes that is better than the packed itineraries anyway.
What is your favorite kind of staycation?