Our Stay-Cation plans were cancelled last week because of an unforeseen event, so I don’t have a destination post for you today. We’ll be back exploring this week, and in the meantime I’m sharing some Stay-Cation tips and ideas for everyone.
First lets talk about Why You Should Stay-Cation:
1. It saves you money. Let’s face it, with the cost of everything rising and many out of work or making less, travel far from home is less accessible for a lot of people. Near-by destinations eliminate the need for a hotel, take very little gas to get to and may mean eating less meals out.
2. It saves your sanity. Since your Stay-Cation is close by you’ll get there just about the time the are-we-there-yets start. And again, no hotel. Now, some people do like to go stay in a hotel close to home, and take advantage of the pool and the room service. That’s a great idea unless you have a two-year old who doesn’t sleep very well. Our family sharing a hotel room makes for a bunch of cranky people the next morning.
3. You get to know your hometown and surrounding area in a way you never did before. We’ve lived somewhere between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids for over 13 years, but we’d never done a lot of exploring. Especially in the county we live in now. We always went to the same old places everyone else did. This summer we’ve gone off-the-beaten-path a bit, and found a lot of cool things close to home we didn’t even know about.
Tips for making your Stay-Cation a Good One:
1. Like I mentioned above, go off-the-beaten path. You might be surprised what’s in your own backyard. Check your state’s tourism site, local cities’ websites and local chamber of commerce sites for things to do and places to go.
2. Keep an eye on Groupon and any other daily deals offered for your area. This spring several local attractions near us offered some great deals. If you live near a few different metro locations it’s a good idea to check all of them.
3. Eat someplace new. When we go out-of-town we have a policy that we eat where the locals eat; No national franchises allowed. It’s a great way to get to know a place. So even when we’re Stay-Cationing we do the same thing. We’ve found some fantastic new restaurants, and it’s way better than fast food.
4. Be prepared. Even if you’re close to home it doesn’t hurt to bring a change of clothes for everyone. Make sure you have everything you need for a day away if traveling with young kids. A GPS, camera and cell phone come in handy too. Why not throw your swim suit in the back also? You never know when you’ll stumble on a great swimming hole.
5. Be flexible. Stay-Cationing is about having fun. Raining or too hot? Find an indoor activity. See some place on the way you want to stop? Then stop. There’s always time to stop for pie and coffee if you see a cute little restaurant. I learned that from traveling with my Grandma A.
So are you ready to launch your own Summer Stay-Cation? Make it a great a one!
We’re Stay-Cationing in West Michigan all summer long. Come back to see where we go next! Hey, West Michigan is a great place to visit. When it’s not snowing.