Planning Your Staycation

Summer is the best time to travel, but sometimes you can't travel because of time or money. That's where the idea of the "staycation" comes from. I am all for staycations because it's all the fun of a vacation without having to sit in a car for hours upon hours. I'm very lucky that I only live about 45 minutes from Atlanta, so I can easily go to the city for a day to experience something new. Here are my tips for planning out your staycation: 

Figure Out What's Around You | Yes, I live south of Atlanta, so I go there a ton when I want to do something fun, but there are other smaller cities around me that I don't get to explore as often. I haven't really been to the downtown areas of the cities that surround where I live, so I am making it my mission for the rest of the summer to actually go see what's around me rather than going to my tired old spots that I know like the back of my hand. Finding new cities and new areas around you is so exciting because it's like a little hidden gem that you now have. (Marguerite and I are actually do that today!)

Look for City Passes | If you live in or near a big city, find out if they offer passes to do multiple activities in the city for cheaper. Atlanta's passes offer five different activities like the Aquarium, World of Coke, and the Zoo. This is a great way to experience different stuff in your city without having to spend a ton of money. For each city, I think you're saving around 40%, and you have the passes for nine days, so you don't have to do everything all in one day! This is also great if you're going on an actual vacation. I would love to do this for New York, Chicago, or Philadelphia! 

Find Things You've Never Done Before | Despite going to Atlanta on average twice a month, there are things I've never done before in my city. I've never been to the Botanical Gardens or the History Center or the Beltline. Very basic stuff that people talk about when they talk about visiting Atlanta. I'm always looking at lists of things to do in Atlanta to find what I haven't done yet. (Here's my list of things to do in Atlanta.) Find out what you've never done in your city that everyone talks about and go experience something new. 

How do you staycation?
xx, jKm

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