Affordable Vacation – Make a Staycation Your Next Vacation

Everyone seems to be talking about staycations these days. It is one of the many buzz words in this uncertain economy. But what is a staycation? A staycation is a vacation or getaway in the area that you live. The idea is, since you are taking advantage of resources in “your own backyard,” you save on airfare, travel and even lodging.

Great staycation deals may be found all around you. When planning your staycation, first decide if you want a “city getaway” or a more laid back country or resort feel to your staycation. People who live near major metropolitan cities are fortunate to have both as viable options while still being able to maintain their staycation budget. One can often take a 1-2 hour drive outside a major city and take advantage of all sorts of deals. Depending on where you live, you may even be able to get to the beach! How’s that for a staycation?

Or limit your drive and take advantage of attractions in your city or neighborhood. I can’t tell you the number of people that I have met that live in or near a major city and have never visited the city’s attractions. Live near DC… take advantage of the monuments, museums and many attractions. After all, millions of other people do every day. Live near the hustle and bustle of “Sin City Vegas”… getaway and visit the Hoover Dam. Live near the ATL (Atlanta)…try visiting the Georgia Aquarium, go to an Atlanta Braves game or visit the CNN center.

Remember, you live there so have home court advantage. You probably have your own car, and are somewhat familiar with the city and culture. Since you are local, you may also get great deals on hotel and attractions. Not to mention, you can avoid the security hassles at the airport and use some of the money you saved on luxurious extras like massages and spa services. So what are you waiting for? Your next vacation is probably only 30 minutes away.

Lisa Leslie-Williams considers herself to be a true learner of life. Although much of her learning came from the academic arena, she garners her lifestyle learning lessons from any setting. As such, she credits much of her money-curbing spending habits to the many years of being a “cash strapped” college student and the other years to good old trial and error.

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