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4 Last Chance Vacations

August 22, 2017

Summer, unfortunately, is coming to a swift end. Have you had an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing vacation? If not, you still have a chance! Labor Day is right around the corner and you can make the most of it with a staycation. By vacationing in your own town you bypass all the expenses of travel (plane tickets, car rental expenses, etc…) while enjoying all the local fun your community has to offer. Listed below are just four ideas.

4 Staycation Ideas

 Be a Tourist

Checking some information in the guidebook

So you’ve lived in your town your entire life and you think you’ve seen everything. You’d be surprised! There could be lots of nooks and crannies of your town that you probably never knew existed. For your staycation, start exploring your community. Buy a local guidebook and some highlighters so you and your loved ones can mark any new exhibits, festivals, city art, or specialty shops that you’d like to visit as a group. You may also rediscover some favorites, like an old restaurant that you haven’t visited in a while.

Go on a Mural Hunt

"Three young girls standing outdoors, smiling."

What’s a fun vacation without some awesome and quirky photos? If you’re looking for a staycation idea that provides many photo opportunities, consider going on a mural hunt for your last chance vacation. Your task is simple. You and your family can spend a beautiful day in your city walking around, taking pictures at different murals and exploring local neighborhood shops, restaurants, and parks. You can pre-plan and visit some of the most colorful and dramatic art pieces by searching for city mural guides online. Here’s a guide for New York City, Chicago, Nashville, Miami, and Houston.

Have a Food Crawl

Smiling Vietnamese family reading menu at restaurant

Is food your favorite part of a vacation? If so, you’ll love the idea of a food crawl. A food crawl is a variant of a pub crawl, an occasion in which a group of friends traveling to different pubs and bars, drinking at the different establishments. For a food crawl, spend a Saturday or Sunday tasting delicious new cuisine from local restaurants you’ve never visited before. Have breakfast, lunch, and dinner at different restaurants—you can try fine dining or fun little diners. Pick a couple locations for snacks and desserts as well.

In between your meals, be sure to have active activities planned so you and your family can work off the food. Fly a kite, go for a hike, or trek through a museum.

Spend a Day in Luxury

Couple Relaxing In Hotel Room Watching Television Lying On Bed Smiling

A staycation doesn’t mean you have to stay in your home. Sometimes the best part of a vacation is being out of your home environment. So, if you’re really looking for a change of pace, consider booking a room at a local hotel for a weekend. Reserve a nice room and spoil yourself. Order yummy room service and take advantage of any luxuries the hotel may offer such as a pool or spa services like a steam room, sauna or hydrotherapy pools.

Bonus. Want more staycation ideas? The Mindful Living Network has you covered! Check out our Mindful Travel series, which features some fun ideas including trips to the park and animal sanctuaries.

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