Staycation

No doubt, you're familiar with the "staycation" phenomenon. In case you've been out of the loop, it's the budget-savvy, stay-local version of the old-fashioned vacation. Many travelers are embracing the concept of saving thousands on airfare and lodging by spending time off near home and enjoying inexpensive activities in their area. Here are a few ways to get the most out of yours.

  • Create a solid staycation plan so you don’t get stuck doing errands and chores.
  • Turn off your cell and close that laptop. Limiting your time on tech means time off that more closely resembles a real vacation; it can also help you avoid racking up prime-time minutes.
  • Pick low-cost activities over high-cost ones; remember, more expensive doesn’t always mean more fun.
  • Check out all of the nearby spots you’ve wanted to visit, and consider daytrips. They’ll allow you to see the sights and enjoy a change of scenery without having to pay for an overnight stay.

Resources:

Read reviews of local restaurants, museums, spas and more - www.yelp.com/

Search for unique spots in your area that you may have never thought to visit - www.roadsideamerica.com/

A good resource for scoping out nearby tourist attractions - www.usatourist.com/

Browse upcoming events near you - www.eventful.com/