Want to explore your city like a tourist or just get to know your community a little better? Your next family vacation could be a budget friendly staycation. Taking a staycation in your city is a great way to familiarize yourself with your local community and take a break from your usual routine without spending a lot of money on airfare or gas.
Here are 10 staycation ideas for exploring your city or just enjoying what your local community has to offer.
1. Get Artsy - Make a list of your area art museums and research some of the featured artists. Visit your local library and check out books on the featured artists or art movements before heading out for a day of culture and education.
2. Geocaching - Geocaching has been around for years, long before Pokémon Go hit the scene. Download a free geocaching app to your phone and spend a day searching for local geocaches. Geocaches are containers of all sizes that may be camouflaged to blend into their surroundings, such as local parks or even commercial areas. Inside there will be a logbook to sign, with larger caches also containing various inexpensive trinkets for trade. It’s a fun way to treasure hunt like a modern day pirate!
3. Backyard Camping - Pitch a tent in your backyard and spend an evening under the stars. Make campfire foil packs, roast marshmallows on a fire pit and tell ghost stories.
4. Play Tourist - Most large metropolitan cities feature tour buses that hit the city’s landmarks and tourist attractions. Play tourist for the day and take a spin on one of these tours. You might be surprised at what you learn about your own city and it’s fun to see how visitors in your town react to local spotlights.
5. Community Service Day - Find a local nonprofit or charity that needs assistance and spend a day (or weekend) volunteering. Most cities have a central networking organization that is a great resource for volunteer opportunities, such as Hands on Nashville in Middle Tennessee.
6. Zoo Excursion - When was the last time you visited your local zoo? Most zoo exhibits change throughout the year and offer shows throughout the day.
7. Thrift Store Scavenger Hunt - Spend a day exploring area thrift stores and go on a mission to find certain objects. Put together a fun list of objects to find and then head out for the day. This is a low-budget and rainy day friendly activity.
8. AirBnB Night - AirBnB offers a lot of budget friendly accommodations, many under $100 per night. Consider renting an AirBnB for a night in an area of town that you are not familiar with and explore local restaurants and shops.
9. Festival Fun - Here in Middle Tennessee it seems like there is a festival for everything, from tomatoes to fiddling! Check out your local festival scene and spend a day enjoying music, art and food.
10. Farmers Market Meal Challenge- Head to a local farmers’ market and buy ingredients for a fresh home-cooked meal using locally sourced produce. This is a great way to introduce children to the buy local movement, emphasize healthy eating and bond in the kitchen!
Have you ever gone on a staycation? What are some of your favorite ways to take time off, without leaving your community?