While we’ve already highlighted, how to prep for weekend road trips, excursions abroad and beach getaways, we can’t forget the most underrated vacation of all: the staycation. We know everyone likes dining out in a new city or sunbathing by the shore, but hear us out. We promise the staycation has its perks! In our day-to-day routines we can easily forget to try that new restaurant in town or catch the summer blockbuster at the drive-in. We’ve highlighted how to make the most out of staying in and exploring your own town!
how to prep
turn on your out of office messages
First and foremost, remember that your location doesn’t change that fact that you’re on vacation. Go ahead and turn on your out of office messages. It’s still a break from work and this will keep you from peeking at those e-mails so you can really enjoy your time away.
find the best of food and drink on yelp
Hometowns are full of hidden gems, so scroll through Yelp to find the #1 coffee shop and restaurant in your area. Start the day off right with a full cup of your favorite drink (say yes to the whipped cream and chocolate drizzle, it’s vacation), find the comfiest couch in the building and finally crack open that book you’ve been trying to make a dent in for the past month.
When night falls, take one of your days off to check out the highest rated restaurant on Yelp that you have yet to try. You may be in the same town, but don’t be afraid to dress up your usual look to celebrate this well-deserved staycay. For your handbag, the Change it Up Crossbody is perfect when you’re on-the-go exploring your hometown during the day and easily turns into a clutch for your evening out.
see what’s playing
Don’t head to bed early after dinner. With no alarm set for 6 am, find the nearest drive-in theater and stay for the double feature! Stock up on snacks and fill your travel tumbler with your favorite soda. Even more importantly, grab some pillows and our favorite throw blanket to stay warm and cozy as the temperature drops.
if you’re looking for a real STAYcation
While it’s important to explore your the city, perhaps the best destination in town that you’re forgetting is your own home. Sometimes the perfect way to optimize a staycation is to spend it at home with your family or friends. After trying the #1 rated restaurant in town, be the chef yourself and make that dish you saved on Pinterest ages ago. Don’t stop there, deck out the table with napkins, this adorable tumbler set and melamine serving bowl.
Once dinner’s over and you’ve changed into these ultra soft pajamas, it’s time for game night. Blow the dust off that old box of Monopoly, Cards Against Humanity or Scrabble and let your competitive side loose. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself saying, “okay, one more round!” as the clock strikes midnight.
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