Some of you may be missing out on something wonderful. You have it in your head that a vacation has to be some sort of destination or, at least, a place that would be too far to drive back and forth in one day. Do I see your head nodding in agreement?
Well, toss those thoughts out of your head right now because I’m here to tell you that a vacation is what you make of it, even if you only drive 30 minutes to a bed and breakfast in your own hometown for the night. Getting away is not just about sightseeing; it’s about rest, relaxation, and escaping your busy lives. When you are a parent, it’s also about spending quality time with your spouse without the kids.
You can accomplish this so easily in your hometown, so stop thinking a romantic getaway has to be a faraway destination. I have a fondness for luxury inns, but that in part is why I feel a staycation in my hometown is so fulfilling. I’m indulging in an “experience.” I suggest looking for special packages on a hotel or Inn’s website. Often times, you will find special perks to make your hometown getaway seem more like a vacation. For example, a “Beer Lovers Package” in which you can tour several breweries while staying at the Inn, or perhaps a Broadway show and a romantic dinner is more your style. Look also for special offers for Baby Moons, romantic weekends, girls’ night out or a special spa weekend packages.
Hotels are realizing that people work more than ever now in America, so they are creating packages that cater to both their in-town and out-of-town guests. If an overnight stay is too difficult for childcare, then create your own mini-staycation by booking a sitter early in the afternoon to mid-evening. Take in a leisurely afternoon at a museum, followed by dinner al-fresco at a restaurant you’ve never tried before.
If you like to be active, then take a long hike on an area trail or a bike ride in a nearby county, then end all that activity with a splurge at a local cupcake shop.
The possibilities are endless. Once you realize that every destination can be a vacation, you’ll never look at your hometown the same way again.
13 ideas for traveling in your hometown
1. Try a new exotic restaurant.
2. Try new kind of transportation: think of a bike ride (or skis if you have snow!), horse carriage, rent a limo..
3. If you live by water – take a mini-cruise, take the ferry, eat in a restaurant boat.
4. Picnic at a park.
5. Stroll through farmer’s market or smaller food markets.
6. See a show; opera, theater, circus..
7. Listen to live music – even if it’s just in a pub!
8. Visit a microbrewery.
9. Go to a museum or art gallery.
10. Spend a night in a B&B.
11. Go to a spa.
12. Visit a botanical garden – or a local farm.
13. Visit your local library for books about your region and your local tourist office for more ideas what to do in your home town.
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