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Perfect Summer Staycation Ideas

Summer time means lots of things to lots of people. For some, it’s vacations and long, hot days by the pool. For others, it’s a break from school and quality time with family. For those of us trying to beat the heat, it can mean lying on the couch with fans blaring and the TV remote in-hand hoping fall comes soon!


While getting away on a big summer vacation is nice, it’s not always practical from a budget or schedule standpoint. So, what’s the best way to enjoy your summer without breaking the bank?



You might be asking, “what on earth is a staycation?” Well, a staycation is a way to avoid the stress and expense of taking a typical vacation by staying close to home. So, sit back and relax because we’ve come up with some budget-friendly staycation ideas to help you make the most out of these long summer days.

Here are a few ways to embrace the art of “staycation” this summer:

Embrace Nature

campaing staycation

Summer is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors! Break out that camping gear or give fly fishing a try. If you’re looking for something closer to home, find a local walking trail and grab your bestie for a day of exploring. Getting in touch with nature is a great way to really unwind and disconnect during your home vacation.


DON’T forget your bug spray and sunscreen!


DO follow these tips to keep your camping gear organized!


At Home Movie Day

at home movie theater

We aren’t talking about just lounging on the couch and streaming a movie. A staycation movie day means going all out! Pop some movie theater style popcorn, get settled in your home theater room, break out your favorite soda and theater boxed candy and create the perfect movie day. Don’t forget the most important part: the movie! Pick a few of your favorites or go with a theme like romantic comedies or a film series.


DON’T pick movies you haven’t seen! Choose classics and favorites that everyone loves.


DO invite your besties and enlist everyone to bring their favorite movie snack!

Hometown Tourist

family staycation ideas

Sometimes we take our hometowns for granted! Whether you live in a big city, a little country town or somewhere in between, take advantage of the activities your town has to offer. Search for the best tourist attractions, places to eat and even places to stay in your area - get your tourist game on!


DON’T focus too much on the itinerary! Exploring little shops and restaurants you stumble upon is a great way to find new gems in your town.


DO remember to take photos and get a souvenir! The best part of being a tourist is the memories and mementos you take with you!


At Home Spa Day

designer home spa

Spoil yourself with an at home spa day! This is a fun way to unwind and relax without the cost of going to the spa. All you need is a quiet house, infused spa water, a fluffy robe, a few do it yourself spa treatments and a relaxing playlist. Then you can settle into a bubble bath for the perfect at-home spa day.


DON’T get overwhelmed by the DIYs. Pre-made face masks and fizzy bath bombs are just fine!


DO get comfy and avoid making plans for the rest of the day!

Get Cooking!

family dinner ideas

Cooking for your family in the hustle and bustle of life during the week can be stressful. But cooking for fun is a whole different story. Find new recipes online or dig up some you’ve been dying to make. Put on some music, pour a glass of wine and experience the joy and relaxation of cooking a nice meal from start to finish.


DON’T forget dessert!


DO forget the dishes until morning!

Perfect a New Skill or Hobby

DIY raised garden bed

A little break from work or school is a good time to pursue what you’re passionate about. Sign up for that flower arranging or cake designing class you’ve always wanted to take. Practice your hand lettering, knitting or sewing or give your garden some love.


DON’T stress yourself out. Pick something you love doing.


DO let a friend, family member or spouse tag along. Struggling to get those buttercream flowers just right is more fun when you share it with someone!


The best part of staycation is that you can make it exactly what you want it to be. Embrace the fun, relaxation and adventure of whatever comes your way!



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