Frugal Travel Tip: Staycation

November 19, 2015

No doubt, you’re familiar with the “staycation” phenomenon. In case you’ve been out of the loop, it’s the budget-savvy, stay-local version of the old-fashioned vacation. Many travelers are embracing the concept of saving thousands on airfare and lodging by spending time off near home and enjoying inexpensive activities in their area. Here are a few ways to get the most out of yours.

  • Create a solid staycation plan so you don’t get stuck doing errands and chores.
  • Turn off your cell and close that laptop. Limiting your time on tech means time off that more closely resembles a real vacation; it can also help you avoid racking up prime-time minutes.
  • Pick low-cost activities over high-cost ones; remember, more expensive doesn’t always mean more fun.
  • Check out all of the nearby spots you’ve wanted to visit, and consider daytrips. They’ll allow you to see the sights and enjoy a change of scenery without having to pay for an overnight stay.

 Resources:

Read reviews of local restaurants, museums, spas and more – www.yelp.com/

Search for unique spots in your area that you may have never thought to visit –www.roadsideamerica.com/

A good resource for scoping out nearby tourist attractions – www.usatourist.com/english/index.html

Browse upcoming events near you – http://orlando.eventful.com/events

Karen Carlson
kcarlson@incharge.org

Karen Carlson is a personal finance expert and writer. Her financial advice has been published in Time, US News & World Report and Fox Business News. Carlson is an Emmy Award-winning producer of educational television and recent nominee for NFCC Financial Educator of the Year.