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A Staycation Getaway

Category: Just for Fun

8 Sep 2013 | 04:48 AM

Wanting to have a break but only have the weekend to spare? Search no further for your next travel destination. All you need is to look at your home city through a traveler's eyes and create a staycation.

You may not know it but you may be living in a place with plenty of interesting attractions that you are not aware of. A staycation is a perfect to quench your thirst for travel adventures while giving you a wonderful opportunity to know your own city and surrounding area better.

It is important to psyche yourself up for a great travel experience. Don't treat your experience as if it's a last ditch effort to have fun on an otherwise boring weekend. Your attitude towards the trip will have a significant impact on how successful your staycation will turn out to be. So get excited and prepare to have fun!

Planning is key to a successful outing. Prepare for your staycation like you would a major travel destination. This means that you have to do your research. You may think you know your city like the back of your hand but reality would suggest that your knowledge of it is limited to the major thoroughfares and locations you frequent on a daily basis. It may seem silly, but taking a look at a tourist map is not really a bad idea at all. Check your city's major attractions. You may be surprised to know that you have not been in most of them.

Your friends and family members can also be a great source of information. Ask them their favorite spots in the area. They may mention a great restaurant, an idyllic park or a beautiful garden you have not heard of. Of course, the plethora of information online should not be disregarded either.

If you are at a loss on what places to visit, ask yourself which sites you are most interested in when visiting new travel destinations. Your interest may take you to the city's famous landmarks and monuments, flea markets and fresh produce fairs, or entertainment hubs and shopping districts. You will surely find something exciting that appeals to you and that may be a unique party of your city.

After you have all the information that you need, list the places you are interested in. Divide them by location and devise a schedule around them. If you are planning to have lunch at a particular place, you may want to coordinate your site visits such that you will not have to travel across town from your lunch destination.

You may also want to take a different form of transportation than what you're used to. How about taking the train, the bus, or your bicycle? It not only gives the experience an adventurous spin but it also gives a new perspective to what would otherwise be an ordinary experience.

Of course, no tourist leaves home without their cameras. So take one along with you and make sure to get plenty of shots of everything that you find interesting along the way. Be a tourist for the day and have a great time discovering and exploring your city. You'll be surprised how much fun it really is!