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If you're a regular reader of this blog, it's probably because you love travel. But even for those who love travel, sometimes it's not always in the cards when you're hankering for a trip.
There are lots or reasons you might not be able to take a 2 week vacation right now: money is tight, you've already used all your vacation days, you've got family/work/life commitments that are keeping you from escaping...whatever it is, it's life and it happens to us all.
A staycation isn't a new concept, but it is something that takes a bit of creativity to make it feel like a real vacation. Most staycation tips I've seen are things like "go to a movie" "go for a bike ride". And while those things are fun, and affordable, they're not what I would call an out of the box fun thing to do.
So, I wanted to give you a few ideas for a fun staycation this summer if you're still saving up for your dream trip. Here they are!
1. Learn something new:
I know what you're thinking. It's summer, everyone is out of school and that means no more studying. Well, learning something new can be fun too. For example, take sailing lessons. You might be surprised how affordable they are. I know I was. For only $75 we got 4 classroom lessons and 2 full days of sailing. If you live relatively close to a large body of water, chances are there's a group of sailors. From my experience, they're super nice and love to help people learn the sport of sailing.
Sailing not for you? How about taking a cooking class, a surf lesson, or a flight lesson? I went for what they call a 'Discovery Flight'. It's a chance for you to see if learning to fly is for you. It was around $50 and tons of fun.
There's probably something in your community that you've never done before. Give it a try and have a mini adventure.
2. Become a connoisseur:
Is your idea of a vacation a bit more laid back? How about going for a pub crawl or wine tasting? Most breweries and wine bars have an option for a taster flight. Here in Bandon, there's even a place that does taster flights of hot chocolate.
Pat and I really like to get to know our local restaurants so we know where to find the best tacos, pizza, Chinese food etc. Pick your favorite food and make a trip around hitting each place until you know without a shred of a doubt who has the best cheesecake in town. Go with a friend and split your orders so that you have room to hit up the next place, and it will save you a few bucks too.
3. Have a spa day:
Pick up a book at the library, and get ready to pamper yourself. Here are 13 ideas for an at home spa day.
Start by making some DIY face masks, soak your feet, add in a good book, and you've got the makings of a luxury spa retreat. You can invite a few friends over, make some mojitos and turn on some ocean wave sounds and have a nice relaxing day.
The more I think about it, I might just want to start doing this every weekend. You bring the rum, I'll provide the hammock!
If you've decided that you're going to take a staycation this year, make it something spectacular. Do something you've never done before. Just because you can't travel somewhere new, doesn't mean you can't discover something new and fun right in your backyard.
I hope you all are having a happy Friday! Go out and do something fun this weekend, and don't forget to travel happy!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz