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Creating a staycation

Updated on September 10, 2015
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Erin Shelby is passionate about living a lifestyle that aims for financial freedom. She writes about personal finance and other topics.


You’ve crunched the numbers and already read up on money-saving strategies, but the results are clear: you cannot afford a vacation this year. The next step to have fun this summer? Learn how to have a staycation.

What is a Staycation?

A staycation aims to create the same rest, relaxation and benefits of a vacation without the cost of a traditional vacation. Staying at home – or close to home – dramatically reduces the cost and is a great alternative for families who can’t afford a vacation or simply choose to put their money to a different use.

Where is a Staycation?

A staycation can be an experience in your own city or a nearby city. In either circumstance, staycationers spend the night in their own homes each night, commuting to their destinations each day.

Why Would Anyone Bother With a Staycation?

Vacations are for getting away, and for people accustomed to working 40 hours, or 60 hours, per week, there isn’t much time to get away from the cares of everyday life and just have fun. For families, a staycation can be just as memorable because everyone is doing the same thing, at the same time, having fun together. A staycation allows people to experience their own city through the eyes of a tourist, seeing sights, hearing sounds and tasting food they would not have otherwise.


How Do I Plan a Staycation?

What would you like to do? The possibilities are endless. The easiest way to get started is to go online and visit your city, county or state’s department of tourism website. You’ll find recommended activities for tourists including zoos, aquariums, museums, restaurants, living history activities, amusement parks and more. You may also find an events calendar featuring cultural events, concerts and other celebrations.

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      erinshelby 4 years ago from United States

      Thank you, Jama! Vacationing close to home is certainly an affordable alternative.

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      Joanna McKenna 4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Great points! You might want to check out my own hub about vacationing close to home: Cheers! ;D