Five Fun Staycation Ideas
by Ginny McCabe
When you don’t have a big budget or a lot of time to get away, there are plenty of fun, creative staycation ideas that can keep you and your family entertained. Here are five of the ways you can enjoy your next staycation.
Visit an eLibrary
eLibraries are becoming more popular, and they offer a wealth of information to individuals and families. Users will find countless resources at their fingertips, such as books, magazines, videos, music, eAudiobooks and much more. A virtual library also offers dozens of databases, geared for multiple ages and interests. These databases can provide accurate information, which can be accessed online at no cost. Database topics range from auto repair and homework help to reference materials and technology. Popular databases include genealogy and local history, to name a few. These online databases are easy to use and are often organized by topic or alphabetically. An eLibrary can provide online patrons with plenty of innovative ways to educate and entertain themselves. These eResources can be accessed even when the library is closed. Most eLibraries require a library card for access, but it will only take a few minutes to check with your local branch and sign up.
Plan a Spa Day
A spa day can often provide us with that feeling of luxury at little to no cost at all. Whether you plan a spa day as a mother/daughter get together or invite a few friends over, it can be a way to escape for a few hours while you pamper yourself and your loved ones. If you don’t already have plenty of polishes, nail files, and lotions on hand, it’s easy to grab a few mani-pedi supplies, or a few face masks, so you can plan the day. If preferred, you can also set up a group appointment with a local salon for you and a few girlfriends. Either option will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Check Out a Local Park
If you haven’t visited a local park lately, a staycation might give you the time and opportunity you need to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Looking on the park’s website or social media channels before visiting can also help you plan the activities or events you might want to explore. You, your family, and friends can choose to walk, hike, or participate in other activities like tossing a ball or a frisbee. Many parks also have water features for fishing and boating. Participants can pick a time of day that fits their schedule to spend in nature as they discover hiking trails and native wildlife. Local parks have a lot to offer visitors, and it’s a good, healthy choice when it comes to incorporating exercise and boosting mental health. Most parks are usually open from dawn to dusk.
Host Dinner at Home
Everyone loves food, and what a better way to spend time with your friends and loved ones! Gathering around the dinner table will give you not only a chance to enjoy good food but also an opportunity to invite company over and make memories with those closest to you. Often, with our busy schedules, we forget to take time out for a sit-down meal, but this can be another favorite option when it comes to staying close to home when you’re on vacation. One suggestion could be to pick an international culture or cuisine and plan a menu around it. For more flair, you could decorate with festive décor, and ask guests to dress appropriately to fit your theme. You can make the dinner at home as simple or as elaborate as you like, from drinks and appetizers to the main course, side dishes and desserts. Bon Appetit.
Tour Your Own Town
Many of us don’t think twice about visiting a tourist destination, an art museum or local theater when we are out of town on vacation, but we often overlook the hot spots in our own neighborhoods. When planning a staycation, don’t forget to spend a few hours or an afternoon at a tourist location in your own hometown. Maybe it is visiting a new restaurant that just opened around the corner, or an attraction you haven’t been to in years like a bowling alley or a baseball game. When was the last time you went to an amusement park, saw a Broadway play, or spent some time viewing an art exhibition from local artists? Often, there are plenty of cultural opportunities right in our own backyards. Many of these options are also affordable for families—they are free or offered at a low cost. Some attractions with a ticket or admission fees also offer discount days or coupons if you hope to make it a family-friendly excursion.
Named “Best Freelance Writer” in 2018 and a Kiplinger Fellow in 2019, Ginny McCabe’s work can be seen in publications like Journal-News, Reuters and O, The Oprah Magazine. Secrets Young Women Keep (Thomas Nelson/Harper Collins) is an ECPA Silver Medallion winner and has been featured on the CBA Young Adult Bestseller Lists. Connect with Ginny at www.ginnymccabe.com and on Twitter @ginnymccabe.
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