Your Guide for the Perfect Staycation
August 2018 // By Natalie Jean
Every few weeks I get the travel bug. If I could, I would hop on a plane and travel to my heart's content! Unfortunately though I don't have an endless amount of money, so sometimes I have to stay close to home and do my best to feed the travel bug.
Have you ever done a "staycation"? Mark and I love to do them when we don't have the time or necessarily the money to go on a big trip. This time, we decided to explore towns around Harrisburg. We always seem to find a great new restaurant or coffee shop.
I was so excited the other day I couldn't even wait for Mark to get home from work so I drove to New Cumberland and walked around, got a delicious bagel from Brew Crumberland's Best, and read on a park bench for a little. I never realized how cute this area is!
Another spot I noticed while walking around was this cute, old theater. Mark and I love old theaters and spots with a history or character. I can't wait to come back with him and check it out!
Have you ever done a "staycation" before? They are actually quite fun if you plan for them. Here are a couple of tips that we find really useful when we want some adventure or to explore some place new without having to travel far from home:
1. Designate a Time. Will you just have a jam-packed weekend, or will you take time off of work and go slowly, experiencing all your area or the area you visit has to offer? If you designate a time it will be easier to create a schedule of where you want to go and how long you want to spend at each restaurant, shop, museum, landmark, etc.
2. Plan Your Food. Do you have a budget to eat at a restaurant each night or do you have one specific place you'd like to visit and then eat at home the rest of the time? Trust me, figuring that out before hand will keep you from overspending and also save you from an awkward conversation as you're getting the bill at another restaurant.
3. Treat Yourself! If budget isn't an issue for why you aren't traveling far, treat yourself to a night in a nice hotel nearby or a spa treatment! Explore your area and relax while doing so.
4. Take Lots of Photos. Just because you're at home doesn't mean you can't document it :) You'll want to remember your mini-adventure.
5. Something New. Pick one thing that you've never tried before and do that! A restaurant, kayaking, rock climbing, pottery, an Escape Room, antiquing, etc. Trying something new always gives a fun twist to your vacation!
If you're ever in New Cumberland, PA be sure to make a little pit stop and try some great food at a local restaurant or get a cup of coffee at BCB! I had such a nice afternoon when I visited.