How to Rock a Staycation

It's the end of summer and you want to go out with a bang before the kids are back in school and don't have a lot of time or money to take an ultra-planned getaway? Well, knock it out in your hometown and have an awesome end of summer staycation you won't soon forget or regret. With long, warm days still a plenty spend as much time outdoors as you can. Stop dreaming about your next BIG trip and live like it's that BIG trip now, at home.

checking the view staycation

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?

vista a local lake

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.

trailtime staycation

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.

staycation at local nature center

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.

rock a staycation

Additional tips:

-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
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Traci Lehman
Blogger at Walk Simply
Traci Lehman is an IT Analyst by trade and when she's not in the office she shares her walking and outdoor adventures on Walk Simply. Based in Southern California, Traci hopes to inspire others to go outside, enjoy the little things, and view our world up-close. Follow along on her adventures and keep up on her newest contributions here, on her own blog or on Twitter.
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