Staycation Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank
The weather’s getting warmer and that makes us antsy to get outta dodge, right? I’m with ya! I have always lived super close to a beach until now so that always makes me want to travel. But the money isn’t always there and neither is the time! Why not follow the staycation trend? There are plenty of things you can do from home or close to it that don’t cost a lot. Here are some brilliant ideas I’m gonna try and maybe you want to as well:
Around The House
We are so busy, aren’t we? So much falls through the cracks because we are exhausted. It would be fabulous if we had the money to pay for upgrades to our home and talk about easy but the truth is there is a special satisfaction to making improvements and enjoying DIY projects ourselves.
Upcycling is so hot right now so why not make a list of things you want to work on. Get the whole family together and repaint. Go through items about the house that are showing signs of age and make them new and different. Last summer I got the grandkids together and we made tie-dye shirts together. It was so much fun! It is the perfect time to spruce up your house and get involved in crafty endeavors you don’t usually have time for.
Going out is great but what’s even better is getting your favorite people together for a party at home and the great thing is it doesn’t have to cost all that much. Are there friends you haven’t seen in a while or family? Invite them over, you can even make it a potluck event where everyone has to bring something.
Remember the simple joy of reading a book or watching a movie? Working 8 to ten hours a day then coming home and dealing with kids, homework, housework, dinner more often than not doesn’t allow for the simple pleasures like a list of books you wanna read or Netflix bingeing. If you haven’t Netflix binged till your cross eyed you don’t know what your missing!
Get Away For A Day
Just because money is tight doesn’t mean you can’t get away at all, you just have to downsize it. I love a day trip and there are so many options. Do you live near a city? A Park? Why not just go for the day and treat yourself to an overnight stay. Hotels can get pricey that’s for sure but another budget-friendly option is Airbnb. I love this idea, people actually rent out their apartments and houses for short-term periods of time.
Let someone else take the wheel! Have you ever taken a bus tour? Many times these tours will have deals for wherever you want to go. I used to travel to New Jersey a lot to see family and there was always a bus tour offering lower prices and even discounts on things like casinos, it’s a great idea and very relaxing.
Camping out is also super fun and cheaper than hotels. Even if you don’t have all the equipment like tents and things, most Campgrounds have cabins and there’s nothing like communing with nature.
See The Sites
I have lived in Atlanta for over a year and there are still so many attractions I have yet to see. Your vacation or staycation is the perfect opportunity to do things you don’t normally do that are right in your neighborhood. Be a tourist! Map out a plan of all the places you usually don’t have time to visit and do that.
Museums and Zoos are always offering a free day, not only that there are plenty that is always free and we just don’t know it.
Shopping On A Shoestring
Shopping is another thing that can be time-consuming and we will usually just put it off. Even without a lot of money, you can get new things. Summer is the hot time for Yard Sales. People get rid of good stuff all the time. I used to do this every Saturday in the summer. I would have a whole route of yard sales to check out. People want to get rid of it so the prices are always insanely reasonable.
I love Thrift Stores! Just like yard sales, you can find great deals at yard sales and usually, they are for a good cause which is even better. I was surprised to find out there were so many Online Thrift Stores. Thrifting and bartering are super popular now.
More than anything vacation is about relaxing and enjoying time off which doesn’t always mean expensive. Staycations can be fun and save you money! What did you do on your staycation?