While the weather is still confused about what time of year it really is, we’re moving quickly into spring break season! If you’re like me and just itching to plan a great break for your family but not able to take the time off for or spend money on travel, creating a staycation is a perfect solution. Playing tourist in your hometown is a great way to spend your spring break while saving a ton of money over a full-fledged vacation. Here are some tips and ideas to help you plan a great time with your family!
Disconnect for downtime – The first rule of staycation is to RELAX, just like you’re on a real vacation. Unplug from your email and switch off from social networks – except for when you’re sharing the fun!
Photo scavenger hunt – One of the best ways to make memories is through photos. Make a list of great shots that you’d like to take with your family and go in search of the perfect picture. Or if you’re competitive, create a scavenger hunt of landmarks around your area and head out in teams to see who can get all the shots first!
Go Geocaching – Geocaching is a great way to explore the outdoors. Check out Geocaching.com to find out how it all works and where to search in your area.
Day trips, day trips, day trips – Hit up all the fun spots and tourist attractions close to town or within a couple hours’ drive that your budget will allow. Think like a person who is visiting your area and have some touristy fun!
Take in a show – Be on the lookout for fun evening events. Local plays and musicals are always a treat or see if there are any concerts happening in the area. Even a family movie night is a great source of entertainment during staycations.
Hotel overnight – If you really want to make yourself feel like you’re on vacation, book a night at a local hotel. Enjoy the pool or just camp out in the room and have a night’s escape from reality.
Enjoy a spa day – Whether you make an appointment for some relaxing pampering or just soak in the tub and give yourself a mani-pedi in the living room, take some time to make yourself feel good.
Try something new around town – Have dinner at a new restaurant, patronize a new museum, or shop a new local business. Finding new local treasures is a lot of fun during a staycation!
Find a family hobby – Use your staycation time to try lots of new activities and find something that you can enjoy as a family on a regular basis!
Just appreciate family time – No matter what you decide to do, the important thing is to enjoy each other’s company and create memories that will last a lifetime!
Want some ideas for road trip activities, for long distances or just around town? Check out our Pinterest board!