5 Ideas For a Great Staycation

Don't let your vacation days go to waste.

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5 Ideas For a Great Staycation

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Let these staycation ideas stir some local travel inspiration.

For some people, summer isn't always synonymous with vacation. In fact, according to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 43 percent of Americans reported they won't be taking a summer vacation in 2017, with many citing cost as the main deterrent. If you're cash-strapped, don't let those vacation days go unused just yet. You may not be able to travel if you're on a tight budget, but you can still enjoy a stress-free break at home. With a little creative problem-solving, it's easy to make a staycation feel like a full-fledged vacation. Let these five ideas be your guide to an affordable and relaxing stay-at-home vacation.
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Check out nearby campsites.

In comparison to the price of a hotel stay, the average fee for bedding down at a campsite is cheap. For example, in New York state parks, the base rate is $15 per night. In Washington state parks, you can expect to pay between $12 to $45 per night, depending on the season and amenities. Staying at a national park will cost more, as you have to pay an entrance fee in addition to a campsite fee. But there are sites in Yellowstone that allow travelers to camp for as little as $15 per night. To find campsites near you, consult GoCampingAmerica.com or Freecampsites.net.
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Let these staycation ideas stir some local travel inspiration.

For some people, summer isn't always synonymous with vacation. In fact, according to The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 43 percent of Americans reported they won't be taking a summer vacation in 2017, with many citing cost as the main deterrent. If you're cash-strapped, don't let those vacation days go unused just yet. You may not be able to travel if you're on a tight budget, but you can still enjoy a stress-free break at home. With a little creative problem-solving, it's easy to make a staycation feel like a full-fledged vacation. Let these five ideas be your guide to an affordable and relaxing stay-at-home vacation.

Check out nearby campsites.

In comparison to the price of a hotel stay, the average fee for bedding down at a campsite is cheap. For example, in New York state parks, the base rate is $15 per night. In Washington state parks, you can expect to pay between $12 to $45 per night, depending on the season and amenities. Staying at a national park will cost more, as you have to pay an entrance fee in addition to a campsite fee. But there are sites in Yellowstone that allow travelers to camp for as little as $15 per night. To find campsites near you, consult GoCampingAmerica.com or Freecampsites.net.

Be a tourist in your own city.

If you've ever had to turn down an activity or attraction in your city because you didn’t have enough time, a staycation offers the perfect opportunity to be a tourist. Create an itinerary for your city as you would if you were visiting an entirely new place. Go to that museum that closes too soon after work. Visit that restaurant or cafe you see on your commute and always wanted to try. Scroll through Groupon to find a fun tour to join. Spending time exploring the nooks and crannies of your city will likely enhance your appreciation of your hometown.

Splurge on a one-night stay.

Spending multiple nights at a four- or five-star hotel will likely leave a dent in your wallet. But there's still a way you can enjoy a brief reprieve from your home life without breaking the bank. If your budget doesn't allow you to book luxurious digs in faraway lands, treat yourself to just one night in one of your city's nicest hotels. Hotels pride themselves on providing guests with an experience more so than a place to sleep for the night. And one night away surrounded by a staff of people ready and willing to cater to your needs will help create the feeling that you're on vacation.

Set out on a daytrip.

Staycations are all about embracing what's around you. If there's a town or city within reasonable driving distance, consider planning a daytrip to explore it. You can still get your fill of going someplace new without having to set aside any money for lodging. And if it's a big city that requires more than a day's visit, consider splurging on a hotel for a night. Even if there aren’t any popular destinations within reach, take a look at the map and research nearby towns and cities – you may just be a short drive away from one of these charming small towns.

Take a digital detox.

The easiest way to feel like you're on vacation? Disconnect. If you are unable to go anywhere or dole out too much dough to explore your surroundings, a simple digital detox can help you take a much-needed break from the world, especially if you have a job that requires you to be constantly connected. According to the American Psychological Association, too much time spent on social media can take a toll on your health. Unplugging for even a short amount of time can reduce anxiety and stress and allow you to be more present. Head out a long neighborhood walk (sans smartphone) or grab a book and retreat to a park for a couple of hours.
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