How to Vacation In Your Hometown

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How to Vacation In Your Hometown

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There are many reasons people cannot travel out of state or even leave there home overnight for a vacation. For this reason they think that they cannot vacation and may spend several years without a “vacation”. They do not have to do this and instead everyone has endless vacation possibilities in their own hometown. It is just learning How to Vacation in Your Hometown.

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How to Vacation in Your Hometown

  1. Set a Vacation Budget. Make sure you have money set aside to take your hometown vacation. This way you will be able to splurge just as if you were on a real vacation. Make sure you plan for at least a few meals while you are out on the town and for souvenirs.
  2. Plan your trip out. Don’t just take days off of work and not plan anything out. If you do that you will end up staying home without doing anything.
  3. Contact your Local Traveler’s Bureau. They are a treasure trove of information. They will know about the latest restaurants, shows, hidden gems and may even have coupons or discounts for things you were not aware of. You can also check with AAA if you are a member.
  4. Visit Your Local Museums and Art Galleries – Many libraries even offer a system where you can check out passes to your local museums and then bring them back after you are done. This allows you to go for free and enjoy the arts for Free.
  5. Unplug Yourself for a day or even the whole week.  You never realize how draining being connected 24/7 is until you take a break from being plugged in. You will feel refreshed even if you are unplugged for only 24 hours.
  6. Book a Night at a Local Hotel.  If you can leave the house for a night plan a night stay a local hotel. Pack only what you need and head out. Plan to eat out and catch a movie after you check in. Wake up and get a late check out. When you leave you don’t have to clean the room or make the bed. Make sure you grab breakfast out before heading out for your attraction of the day. Think of all the relaxation.
  7. Visit a Local Nature Trail. Enjoy a stroll and take in the nature around you. Enjoy being outside. If you have kids take time to let them explore.
  8. Plan a Park Adventure Day. Pack a Picnic Lunch and spend the day exploring the parks in your area. Make a list and when one park gets boring, head to the next one and so on until you run out of steam or complete your list. Vote on which park is your favorite.
  9. Visit your Local Flea Market or Farmer’s Market. Imagine you are visiting from out of town. Take time to enjoy the vendors and view it as an outsider. Try to see it as a tourist would.
  10. Stay home. Pick one day to turn off the phone, computer, close the blinds, stay in your pjs and catch up on your TV shows, books, or video games. This day is all about you. Feel free to order in take out and nap. It is okay for your kids to watch TV more than usual it is vacation after all. Tomorrow you are back to reality and you won’t be able to hide any longer.

Congratulations, you now know How to Vacation in your Hometown. Stop passing up your vacations and start enjoying them.

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amber whitehead - 5 years ago Reply

I do not vacation in my hometown or recommend one it is a very small town with nothing much. When I am doing more of the stay cation type scene I do a lot of one tank trips luckily our small town is located about 45 minutes away from a bigger city and more to do.

Sara - 5 years ago Reply

We like to vacation local by finding all the fun hotels for the kids!

Naomi - 5 years ago Reply

We don’t have any place to really “vacation” in town, but we do like to go to a town about an hour away. We like to find a hotel with a pool. We spend time swimming an visiting local attractions.

Stephanie Bourne - 5 years ago Reply

We visit the local tourist attractions that we’ve never been to before.

Leslee Haralson - 5 years ago Reply

We live close to Los Angeles, so there are multitudes of things for us to do. We rarely do it, so for us a treat is a day at the beach.

Layne - 5 years ago Reply

My kids love to stay in hotels around town and go sight seeing at museums and kid’s parks. Enjoying time together doesn’t mean lots of travel or expense!

Donna Hup - 5 years ago Reply

Great tips! I lived in Fort Lauderdale growing up and we did staycations all the time!

Libby's Library - 5 years ago Reply

LOL – my kids and grandkids tease me all the time, because I take lots of Staycations…meaning time alone in the tub. I take m iPad, a book, a couple of cans of Coke, and some chips. I can stay in their for hours!

Chelsea - 5 years ago Reply

It’s easy to take your home town for granted. Thanks for the tips!

laura harris - 5 years ago Reply

Every Labor Day weekend our town has a big festival…..it brings in alot of vendors and it’s really fun!

Liz - 5 years ago Reply

The metro Detroit area has lots to do! I like showing off Somerset to people or going to the Henry Ford/Greenfield Village. Lots of good restaurants too.

Laura Smith - 5 years ago Reply

We go to the lake, ride on our friends pontoon, go to the library, mini golf, and on and on.

Janell Poulette - 5 years ago Reply

Im from the Tampa area so we have tons of vacation opportunities. So close to all the theme parks and beaches.

Jenni E. - 5 years ago Reply

Our town is so super small that there really isn’t anywhere to “vacation”. We do have an awesome state owned Lake and campground area and we spend lots of time out there. We really love it.

Jodi Flaherty - 5 years ago Reply

What great ideas! We are guilty of wasting days off by not scheduling things! We did stay at a hotel once in town, because we had friends visiting and our house is too small to entertain! That was a nice break!

kristy - 5 years ago Reply

Thanks for the tips!

Stephanie Bourne - 5 years ago Reply

We vacation in our own hometown by going to the local lake in a gated community.

Dani Schnakenberg - 5 years ago Reply

We love to visit all of the local history museums, memorial parks, and battlefields. One perk to living in this area is the rich history from the War of 1812 and that era!

Amber Louchart - 5 years ago Reply

We love to visit downtown Detroit and visit all the museums, play spaces, parks, festivals and more. There is always something going on.

Stephanie Bourne - 5 years ago Reply

We visit local attractions.

Sonia - 5 years ago Reply

I usual rent a room and go dine at various places and visit with old friends.

Stephanie Bourne - 5 years ago Reply

We drive around and enjoy the scenery and play what if.

amanda whiltey - 5 years ago Reply

i live on cape cod, ma which is very tourist friendly so there is lots to do for a staycation.

Kelly D - 5 years ago Reply

We go to local waterparks, shopping and walking trails.

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