Sometimes we all need a break. Wouldn’t it be great if we could just fly down to Maui for the weekend? Or maybe spend a few days in the French countryside, eating baguettes and chocolate?
Sadly, for many of us, that kind of trip just isn’t in the budget. Or maybe it is, but you can’t get time off work. Or you may have too many home responsibilities to skip town for several days.
Still, if you don’t take a vacation every now and then, you can work yourself to death. Luckily, there are a lot of great things you can do without even leaving your neighborhood (and in some cases, your house). Here are some totally feasible and fun staycation ideas:
Spend a day in the park
On a weekend or holiday when you have a little time off, pack a yummy picnic lunch, take a blanket and a great book, and hang out at the park for a few hours. Or bring a soccer ball and let out some energy. If you work at a desk job all week, getting in some activity can go a long way, even if it’s just once or twice a week. If you need a family staycation, taking a kickball or baseball to the park and playing with your kids is a great way to make family memories. Bring a camera so you can document the event.
Explore a new area
If you just walk around in your own neighborhood for a while, chances are you’ll find some new area or street you’ve never run across before. Maybe there’s a historic district close to your house, or a street with lots of impressive houses on it. If you’re lucky, there might be a cool old cathedral or other historic building you can tour – often for free. With a little planning, you can find a great restaurant in the area to hit up after you finish exploring.
Have a read-in
If you have elementary school-aged kids, this works especially well. But even if you don’t, embrace your inner child and try something different. Build a fort in the living room out of chairs and blankets, scatter some snacks around, and dig into a book you’ve been wanting to read for a while. Or, if Netflix is more your style, have a watch-in instead of a read-in, and binge watch your favorite show. The activity doesn’t matter so much, as long as it’s something you enjoy doing. But the key is to have the fort and snacks, which make any activity infinitely more enjoyable, for some reason.