This summer, consider taking a “staycation” instead of a vacation. There’s plenty to do in your own area that you likely aren’t aware of. If you do know of these options, you probably haven’t had the time to enjoy them. Staying local has many benefits to your health and to the environment. In a staycation, you can…
- Participate in leisure activities within driving distance
- Sleep in your own bed at night
- Experience a local hotel
In a staycation, you can also plan day trips – also known as daycations – to local tourist sites in town or within your neighboring town.
Try Themed Staycations
If you’re taking a staycation with friends or children, then you may want to choose a theme. Finding a theme for your staycation can add an adventurous element to your trip.
- Nature: Learn about your local parks, take nature walks, or head to the ocean, river or lake.
- Food: Hit the farmers’ markets, go for a hayride, feed the local livestock, or pick berries.
- Gardening: Grow your own garden, or construct something in your own backyard.
- Blog: Write about the top 3 places in your city for visitors, or the best local hidden gems.
You can try comparing and rating your city with the one closest to you while turning it into an adventure. Do you know of new markets, kids’ nature and adventure camps, local ocean spots or lakes, natural wonders, or farms open to visitors?
Why be a Tourist in your own Town?
When you stay at a local hotel, you experience your city and area the way a visitor would:
- Educate yourself about your own town – there’s sure to be lots you didn’t know
- Teach your family about the local economics and resources
- Take advantage of your parks and recreation
By teaching our children and involving our families, we show them that we don’t always have to be stimulated away from home to have fun. We show them to be grateful for what we do have.
Here are some benefits to being a tourist in your own town while on a staycation:
- Improved relaxation found in not having to pack and unpack.
- Reduced environmental impact through less fuel, dining, and other necessities.
- Increased enjoyment of the things you’ve worked for.
- Increased savings with fewer travel expenses.
- No airport waits or delays.
- Control over your route to avoid traffic jams, which means less stress.
Reduce Your Environmental Impact
Make it fun by calling it a “greencation” or “envirocation”. You’ll feel satisfied knowing you’ve helped in protecting the environment, in educating your family, and in exploring more efficient environmental solutions.