Summer is coming and that means it’s vacation season! If you haven’t had the time to put the thought into planning yours, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a simple vacation back home. Regardless of where you live, try out these tips to make your vacation simple, fun, and affordable with a staycation. Whether you need some weekend plans or a week of activities, check out these five staycation tips! 

1. Indulge in a Food Tasting 

Whether you try out new foods or simply your favorites, arrange a time to indulge in new dishes. You could do your own food tour where you sample variations of desserts or your favorite dish. Food seems to be something we all enjoy over vacation and on your staycation, that does not have to change. Here are some ideas:

  • Food tour
  • Food sampling
  • Wine tasting
  • Brewery
  • Bakery
  • Picnic
  • Make your own night
  • Hibachi
  • Grill out 
  • Themed night
  • Potluck
  • Appetizer night

2. Stay Away from Home

Sometimes getting out of the house for a day or even a few is needed on your staycation and can be a ton of fun. It is still considered a staycation if you are close to home, and yes, wherever you live there are some options – check them out!

  • Pitch a tent
  • Rent a camper
  • Airbnb 
  • Hotel
  • Local resort
  • Stay near an amusement park
  • Stay near a waterpark 
  • Sleep in the backyard 

3. Enjoy the Outdoors 

A staycation is a great time to embrace and enjoy the outdoors. There are many creative and simple ways to enjoy the outdoors and fill your itinerary. 

  • Visit a waterpark
  • Visit an amusement park
  • Movie night outside (create your own or go to a drive-in)
  • Visit a beach 
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing or kayaking 
  • Horseback riding
  • Golfing
  • Yard games
  • Bonfire 
  • Picnic outdoors
  • Outdoor concert
  • Festival
  • Biking 
  • Boating 

4. Be a Tourist in Your Town 

The great part about a staycation is enjoying where you are from and trying something you’ve maybe never tried. Allow yourself to be spontaneous and give that place you’ve never gone a try. 

  • Try a museum 
  • Visit a landmark or two 
  • Do a day at the science center
  • Take a boat ride
  • View a gallery
  • Take a class 
  • Create something 
  • Do a scavenger hunt
  • Learn something new 

5. Spend a Day at the Spa

Vacation can get to be busy days, but make sure you take time for some relaxation. Whether you book a spa day out or create your own at home, delegate a portion of your time to self-care however that may be. 

Staycations are a budget-friendly and easy-going option to enjoy a vacation but not take on in-depth planning. They can be as busy or relaxing as you want and need. The best part is you can even take your time day by day. Try out these five tips as you begin planning your next summer staycation!