Many of us love planning our getaway to travel and escape our everyday lives. We want to see and do new things and have new experiences. Sometimes we forget we can take grand adventures not far from our front door.
Reasons to vacation at home
First, why should you do it?
Save Money — Staying home means no plane tickets, spending a load on gas money, extra car maintenance and wear and tear. Additionally, if you sleep in your own bed lodging costs are eliminated giving you the option to save or allocate those funds elsewhere.
Less stress - No need to worry about passports, boarding passes, and other preparatory tasks when you're not flying. Road trips are my favorite, but there is a lot of prep work involved when driving long distances, especially with children. It can be nice to skip those parts of a trip once in a while.
Connect with your neighbors and give back to your community — forge new relationships with neighbors. Invite them to a picnic or spend time getting to know them better. Use some of your time to volunteer at an environmental clean-up event that directly impacts your neighborhood, local parks, rivers, beaches, or an urban outdoor garden. Another way to connect is to learn local lore or natural history of your city and county which helps to bring a sense of identity and pride to where you live. In addition, the money you spend directly benefits your local economy. You can feel good about being a tourist in your own town and spending your tax dollars where you live.
Personalize your staycation
It's impossible for me to tell you how to enjoy your free time. A vacation is as unique as the person who takes it. Vacations are where dreams can come true. Make the most of your time and do what makes you happy. For many of us, it is time for outdoor exploration and adventure.
Be a tourist in your own backyard and visit museums, monuments, and parks. Look for the weird and the wonderful. There is no better way to explore than on foot so grab your backpack, walk out your front door, and view your world up close.
Slow down and see what you find. Some cities have walking history or architectural tours. Take one. Hike a local trail you've been meaning to or revisit an old favorite. Go for a bike ride to the coffee shop and then down to the beach for a swim. Your options are un>More ideas for awesome outdoor adventures near home
- Go camping — in a local park or in your backyard. Heck, you can even camp in your living room.
- Take a guided kayaking or hiking tour with a naturalist.
- Pack a picnic and see a movie or music in the park.
- Backpack out your front door to a local campsite.
- Backpack out your front door to a nearby inn.
- Hike 10 miles through downtown stopping at parks and eateries along the way.
- Take a lesson on a new to you outdoor activity: surfing, kayaking, SUPing, sailing, horseback ride, archery, etc.
- Plan a huge camping trip with friends 5 minutes from your home.
- Go whale watching.
- Learn local maritime history if near the ocean.
- Spend all day, every day, doing your favorite outdoor activity.
- Hike in the morning and then hike again in the evening.
- Get to know the closest open space to your house: explore every nook and cranny.
- Tour a local garden. Sit a while and feed the koi.
- Visit an interesting, local geologic formation.
- Tour a natural history museum in your region.
- Insert your idea here.
- Mix and match all of the above.
-If you have the luxury, take time away from work just like you would a real vacation. If that's not possible make a conscious effort to leave work at work, ignore chores, and set aside times before and/or after work to have some adventurous fun and downtime. Be a weekend warrior if you have to and live it up!
-Create a list ahead of time and hang it on the fridge or wall for easy reference. Add new items and places you want to visit locally. Use the list as a quick reminder. Use this as a "bucket list" for close to home adventures.
- Think like a kid. Anything is possible. Go make it happen.
Have you taken any stay at home vacations this year? Tell us about your favorite staycation idea ever.
**Traci is a regular contributor to the Sierra Social Hub as part of our #TeamSierra. Learn more from Traci on here blog: Walk Simply