Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time for all your fun summer plans. However, your plans might be bigger than what your budget can afford right now. National airports are currently located within 31 states and can take you just about anywhere you want to go for your vacation, but unfortunately, airfare isn’t cheap. If you’re struggling to find things to do while staying at home this summer, use these tips to give yourself the staycation you deserve.
1. Explore Your City
No matter where you live, there are always fun activities you can do close to home. If you’re in a bigger city, check out the local sights. Act like a tourist for the day and rediscover parts of your hometown you’ve overlooked.
If you live in a smaller town or away from major hubs, have a day in the great outdoors near your home. Check for local lakes or beaches and hit the water – over 87 million U.S. adults participate in recreational boating, and this can be a great opportunity to try this hobby out.
2. Relax With a Spa Day
Even if you’re staying at home, there are easy ways to unwind. Treat yourself to a spa day with some DIY spa treatments, and let yourself enjoy a little bit of luxury. If you’ve got a little extra room in your budget, consider scheduling an in-home massage.
Massage therapists see an average of 40 to 52 clients per month, so be sure to book your session earlier on in the summer. If you can’t book a massage, there are still plenty of at-home options to help you unwind and enjoy the summer.
3. Get to Work
For some, spending an entire day lounging around and wasting time isn’t much of a vacation. Instead, consider your staycation a time to get to work on things around your home you’ve been putting off. Try reorganizing that one room in your house that’s been full of clutter for a while, or teach yourself some home repair techniques to fix issues around your home.
Check your plumbing for leaks while you’re at it; 10% of United States households have leaks in their plumbing that can waste up to 90 gallons of water per day. Your tidying day doesn’t have to involve heavy work if you don’t want it to, however; even just getting your desk cleaned up will help you feel less stressed and more prepared to tackle work after your vacation time is over.
4. Check Your Calendar
If you have room to plan out your staycation in advance, check your calendar to see what local (and possibly even free) events are happening near you in the coming weeks. Many towns will have summer events outdoors, including art shows, music festivals, and more.
Pay attention to your local news and businesses to see what events might be going on near you. You’ll have plenty of fun, and any money you do spend will be going to support local businesses near you.
Not all summer vacation ideas have to break the bank. There are plenty of ideas that you can use to make your stay-at-home summer just as fun as an expensive vacation. Staycations can be incredibly relaxing and affordable and are a great way to spend the summer while still saving plenty of money. How do you plan to enjoy your time at home this summer without going over your budget?