Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and we all know what that means – the unofficial start to summer is here! Many people like to get away for the long weekend, but time and money don’t always agree with their plans. This begs the question: how can you satisfy your desire for fun and leisure without breaking the bank?
The answer: A staycation
You don’t have to pay for travel expenses and hotels to enjoy your long weekend. There’s plenty to do right in your own neighborhood, city or county. Many people lose sight of what’s around them going through their daily routines. Staycations offer a chance to save money while experiencing the activities available at your fingertips, right at home.
Here are some thrilling yet thrifty suggestions for a staycation over Memorial Day Weekend:
Go to the beach or pool
If the forecast calls for sun and heat, make plans to be by the water. For many Americans, this is your first chance to visit an outdoor beach or pool in 7-8 months. You may need to buy a new bottle of SPF 50 sun block, but that is well worth the price of not getting a sunburn to start your summer.
Pack a picnic
Do you have a favorite park in your area? Well pack a picnic and get to the park! Picnics are a great way to spend time with family, friends or a romantic date on a budget. If you’re feeling active you can play volleyball or toss a frisbee. If you’re more into relaxing, find some shade and finish the last chapters of that novel you’ve been wanting to read. No parks in your area? No problem. Your backyard is a perfect spot to lay down a blanket and have one right at home.
Hike a trail
Find the closest county, state or national park and hike a trail for the day. Plan out the day before you go and be sure to bring water, food, appropriate clothing and a cell phone. Hiking is a great way to exercise and enjoy the outdoors. Most public parks are free to enter and offer inexpensive or free parking as well.
Hit up local events
Memorial Day Weekend is notorious for festivals, street fairs and parades. No matter what kind of fun you’re into, there is sure to be an art fair or beer tent somewhere nearby. To make it easy on yourself, do some research and make a list of all the events you want to attend. Be sure to note any entrance fees. You can pick and choose the events that best fit your schedule and budget from there.
Go to an outdoor movie night
Neighborhoods and communities across the country host movie nights over weekends, and for a good reason - people love them. It’s a fun and free way to enjoy the company of your neighbors and catch a flick at the same time. Are there no outdoor movies scheduled near you on Memorial Day Weekend? Call up your family and friends, get the popcorn popping and host one in your living room, basement or backyard!
Be a tourist for a day
Have you been able to experience all the fun and unique activities available in your area? Probably not. Most people overlook or don’t have time to enjoy all the local gems available to them. Visit that historic landmark. Go on a tour of a local brewery or botanical garden. Make a list of the fun things you haven’t done in your area and visit them all over the long weekend. You might discover a new favorite activity!
You can have fun anywhere with the right attitude and proper planning without having to break the bank. Get to planning your staycation now and enjoy a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!