Although few things beat traveling halfway across the world to relax or experience a new culture, sometimes we don’t have the time, money, or desire for a full blown vacation. Staycations can be an amazing way to unplug and recharge without having to find your passport. Here’s how to make the most of a staycation.
Explore a different part of your city
Although I lived in New York City for five years before moving back to New Jersey, the one neighborhood that I explored the least was the Upper East Side. It was just hard to get to from Harlem, so I only ventured there a few times to go to museums. When June Homes reached out to me to see if I’d want to spend the weekend at one of their 1 bedroom apartments in the Upper East Side, I jumped at the chance to see a neighborhood I hadn’t spent a lot of time in before.
Live like a local
Speaking of accomodation, although staycations are a great opportunity to stay at a hotel at a price point above what you’d normally enjoy while on vacation (since you’re not paying for transportation), I actually enjoy the relaxed ambiance of staying in a home versus a hotel. AirBnB, HomeAway, and Innclusive are great tools to start your search, but there are a lot of small, independent, or black owned bed and breakfasts like one of our favorites, Akwaaba Inns.
The last thing you want to do on a staycation is visit the same places that you usually visit on a regular weekend. Ask your friends or search online for new recommendations! The Instagram questions sticker is my current favorite way to crowdsource recommendations for everything – the best part is that using it helps boost your engagement!
Usually when I’m on vacation, I’ve spent a ton of money on flights that I’m frugal with the activities I choose. When you stay local, you can invest a bit of extra money into spa treatments, amazing cuisine, or experiences. Go get that couples massage, enjoy that helicopter ride, and eat at a Michelin star restaurant – you deserve it!
Use Airplane Mode
Finally, just because you haven’t traveled far away doesn’t mean you should be accessible to everyone, especially your job! Turn your vacation responder on, and if need be, put your phone on airplane mode just as if you were travelling and trying to avoid roaming charges. You’ll be more rested if you’re not attached to your phone/email!