Although summer time is the traditional time to take a vacation, not everyone has the time or the money to get away from home.  So what is a cash-strapped college student stuck at home to do?  Have a staycation of course!  What is a staycation?  A staycation is a vacation spent relaxing at home or near home.  Sometimes people only stay at home and sometimes people take short day trips to enjoy area attractions.  The goal of a staycation is to enjoy all of the benefits of your home or your local area.  Some people choose to ignore routines or take the chance to unplug in order to get the full vacation effect.

Staycations are perfect for someone looking for save some money.  Rather than opening your wallet for lodging and airfare, costs are kept at a minimum for staycations because you can stay at home.  The only costs included are transportation to local events, some food costs, and maybe the costs for local attractions. You could even opt to just stay home with a good book and a large glass of your favorite beverage to just relax – and not even spend a dime.  How much money you spend on your staycation is entirely up to you.

Aside from the amount of money you spend, staycations also have the added benefit of avoiding all of the stress normally associated with travel.  No long drives, long lines in the airport, frustrations while packing, or dealing with security.

So what should you do on your staycation?  The answer to that is entirely up to you!  You can choose to just curl up on the front porch to enjoy a good book or set up your living room like a movie theatre to catch up on all those movies you missed out on during the semester while you were studying.  If you have a pool, you are set for a day of swim and sun without having to go farther than your backyard.  You could take the opportunity to explore your local attractions – think like a tourist and visit the places you think other people would want to see.  You could get out to enjoy the great outdoors by going on hikes or spending a day at the lake.

If you have a special someone or a group of close friends, there are lots of other great bonding options.  Lots of places near a form of water offer sunset cruises that often include dinner – these can be private or semi-private.  If you are over 21, you can check for local wineries or breweries for a tour and tasting.  Most major cities also offer cool museums, concerts, or local theatre shows.

A staycation is the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind, and recharge without having to spend a ton of money or experience a ton of stress.

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