9 Summer Staycation Ideas

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Don’t have the time or money for an incredible international getaway this summer? No worries, we’ve got you covered with our top 9 Summer Staycation Ideas!

9 Summer Staycation Ideas

How to make a staycation feel like a vacation?

There is a common misconception that a staycation isn’t an actual vacation, and that is just not true. If planned properly, a good staycation can excite and refresh you without the additional expense. But how to make it feel like a vacation?

Step 1: Knock out your responsibilities before you start. This is a vacation! Be sure to take this time to relax, don’t spend it deep cleaning.

Step 2: Plan it. By planning out what you’re going to do, you can just focus on enjoying yourself.

Step 3: Let people know you’re on vacation. Take time off and ensure your friends, family, and coworkers respect it like they would if you were out of town.

Step 4: Treat yourself. Having a budget in mind is important but don’t skimp just because you’re staying local.

Now, the fun part. See below for our top staycation ideas perfect for almost any locale.

1. Keep it Natural

If you are lucky enough to live by any natural attractions like the mountains or the beach or even a state park, these can be excellent options for staying active and outdoors. Find a camping spot or make it a day trip – inviting friends can make it all that much more fun!

2. Play Tourist

Whether you just moved in, or you’ve lived there your whole life, playing tourist in your own town can open your eyes to some exciting new things to try locally. It can even introduce you to some new activities that you might want to incorporate into your day-to-day life.

3. Spend a Day at the Pool

A classic summer attraction, the pool is an excellent go-to to stay cool in the summer. It doesn’t have to be a 5-star resort, even your local pool can be a fun getaway. Bring water balloons and squirt guns for a little extra fun!

4. Check in at a Local Hotel

If you’ve lived in a town for a while, chances are you haven’t tried out any of the local hotels or resorts. This can be a fun way to bring new life to familiar places. You should also look into any nearby or in-house spas for some much-needed self-care.

5. Go Geocaching

Try out a real-life treasure hunt with Geocaching! All you need are some hiking supplies and a GPS and you’re off, discovering one of the millions of hidden treasure caches hidden across the globe. Don’t worry, chances are you have some right in your own backyard – so to speak.

6. See the World from Your Livingroom

Still dying for that beautiful European river cruise? Or maybe you’re dreaming of the Tokyo city skyline. Fear not, we’ve got the next best thing. Call up some friends and start putting together a theme night! The right food, music, and entertainment can make you feel like you really are on vacation.

7. Campout Close to Home

More of an outdoorsy person? Planning a campout can be a great way to get a little more fresh air. No good camping spots nearby? A backyard campout can be just as enjoyable. Don’t forget the s’mores!

8. Try Out Progressive Dinners

If you love a diverse dinner program, then this is the staycation for you. Scope out the hottest local restaurants and try a few favorites from each starting with appetizers and ending with dessert.

9. Enjoy a Well-Deserved Lazy Day

The best staycation of all – the lazy day. Kick up your feet, grab a cup of tea, and enjoy a quiet day at home. Try out that show you’ve been meaning to watch or start a new book. This staycation idea is all about rest and relaxation.


Kyle Best

Kyle Best graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in the Spring of 2020 with a major in Business Management and a minor in Banking and Financial Services. Kyle also grew up in central Kentucky and is starting as a new Loan Officer for Geneva Financial.

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