The staycation is the perfect option if you can't leave

If you can't travel for whatever reason, breaking out the staycation is a great way to have fun in your own stomping grounds.
Oklahoma City downtown skyline at sunset, Sunday, June 11, 2023.
Oklahoma City downtown skyline at sunset, Sunday, June 11, 2023. / DOUG HOKE/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY

The summer is winding down. While the temperatures are still high, the time to get in some fun on vacation during the 2023 edition of summer is almost up. But do not fret, as there are several ways you can find some fun before the leaves fall off the trees. What if you can’t afford to travel to another state or country? Well, break out the tried-and-true staycation as an option for an enjoyable time either alone or with loved ones.

Regardless of where you live, there’s always something new to find in the city or town where you live. New restaurants, attractions, hotels, and more are a few steps or a short drive away. Take an opportunity to pop open a web browser to see which spots people in the know are raving about. Many different local outlets have an eye on what is new and exciting in the area. There are also major outlets that cover all aspects of the local economy to pique your interest in planning your staycation.

If you still need ideas, check out apps like Eventbrite. This platform is meant to highlight the events going on in your area, often bringing exposure to activity ideas that would fly under the radar. A quick search will help you find activities ranging from cooking classes to karaoke nights, themed parties, and more. Better yet, if you go alone there’s a big chance you’ll be potentially introduced to some like-minded individuals. Everything from hiking groups, public pools, free movies outdoors, and more are available with a few simple keystrokes.

What if you can’t afford to travel or even book a hotel? That’s OK, you can still find ways to enjoy some time off at home. Finish a DIY project. Catch up on your favorite show. Practice cooking a new meal or making new cocktails. There are so many different things you can do with the time of spending some days at home. Take advantage of them by building a staycation that allows you to disconnect from the hustle of everyday life.

Don’t let summer pass you by. If hopping on a plane or taking a road trip is out of reach, break the emergency glass and plan a staycation this season. Getting the time off is key for your mental health and there are several ways you can enjoy your time.

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