Often we see articles about great vacation get-away locations far removed from where we are. I often read these articles and dream of what it would be like to visit there, but overlook the great vacation attractions we have right here in my local area.
All you would have to do is plan as you would typically for a vacation, but with the local attractions you have at home. A daycation isn’t limited to the day and can be as short as a weekend or as long as a week. If you have been saving a little money away each month for your vacation days, you can have much more enjoyable local vacation without the travel expense.
One of the downsides of just getting out of the house for a few days is that it is more of a chore than a vacation. Making meals for the family and gathering everything needed for the grill is a part of that. Consider a stay at the nicer hotels in your area. Room service, a massage and a relaxing mid morning nap by the pool certainly makes for a better daycation for the wife and daughter than making sandwiches. And maybe an afternoon at the local spa followed by reservations to a nice restaurant in your area would be nice. The money saved on travel expenses can add these nice touches to a daycation.
Many local boat shops will trailer a boat to the water for a weekend rental if you already have a boating license. You may even get cheaper rates renting a boat for the weekend considering you are a local rather than a tourist. This makes for an enjoyable family day on the lake. Also, you can invite your friends along rather than just sending a postcard.
Typically, there will be theatrical events and festivals in your local area that coincide with your vacation dates. Perhaps in the past you have missed these fun events because you were abroad. A day at a local event can be made more enjoyable when spent with friends, neighbors and family!
Perhaps the most rewarding benefit of the daycation is that it can also be practical. Those plans to contract small home renovations fit nicely into this time away from home. Your contractors can have the whole week to renovate your kitchen or bathroom. This makes for a wonderful return home gift.
Compare the expenses of a full vacation abroad to one closer to home and the bottom line speaks for itself. And you can look forward to your next daycation next year!