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Travel Hacks 12 of 12-How to Staycation for Less

Travel Hacks 12 of 12-How to Staycation for Less

When you desperately need a break but your budget didn’t get the memo, try a dream staycation instead! Here’s how to plan the perfect staycation that’s enjoyable, relaxing and easy on your budget.


Do a room refresh (or swap)


To achieve that “away from it all” vibe, turn your bedroom into a hotel room. Use a fragrance diffuser for a calm, pleasing aroma and leave some freshly laundered towels on the bed. Consider rearranging the furniture or investing in new pillows or a throw. You can also add a tray of water bottles, coffee pods and your favorite snacks for an authentic hotel feel.


DIY home spa


Ahhh! Bring the spa to you with homemade face masks and scrubs, a steamy bubble bath, scented candles and calming music. You can find great ideas for homemade scrub mixes online and you can pamper yourself with a mani-pedi. You’ll feel relaxed without spending a fortune.


Tour your own city


Research local attractions, such as museums, parks, historical sites or hiking trails. Take advantage of discounts for residents or consider buying a city pass, if available, for reduced rates at multiple attractions.


Go to a matinee movie


Going to see a popular movie is always a great idea for a fabulous family trip. Save on this outing by taking in a matinee. Skip the concession stands for even bigger savings.


Host a cooking competition


Enjoy a feast for the palate and a highly entertaining show at the same time by hosting a cooking competition at home. Buy an interesting mix of ingredients, choose your competitors and give them clear directions along with a timer. You’ll have your evening’s activity and your dinner taken care of in one go! 


Take a digital detox


It can be challenging to disconnect when you aren’t going anywhere, but your staycation won’t be very refreshing if you’re constantly checking your emails.


Prepare for this vacation as you would for any other: Finish up all outstanding projects at work, set up an automatic email response and let your coworkers know you won’t be available for the next few days. Hide your laptop and go without your phone for several hours of the day – or more! 


A budget-friendly staycation can still be relaxing, refreshing and fun! Use the tips outlined here to learn how to staycation well, and for less.

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