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How to Take a “Stay-Cation” and Save Money

How to Take a “Stay-Cation” and Save Money

Vacations can be expensive, particularly if it involves booking flights, hotels and car rental and then setting aside spending money for both entertainment and usually a lot of eating out. A good method to save money is to have a ‘stay-cation’. No hotel bookings needed, no flights you can save some money by eating at home cooked meals and you can use all the ‘extra’ money saved to do things that you love. That’s already a huge saving. One thing that I found common is that many people have never truly explored their home city.

I lived and worked in London for 6 years, during that time, I may have passed many of the landmarks, but I never actually visited most of them. The same could be said for the 5 years I spent in working in Tokyo. Digging just a little deeper, it’s easy to discover plenty of hidden treasure troves of entertainment and things to do. Even if you’re not living in a big city, there may be that restaurant that you’ve never got round to trying out; or that gallery that you pass everyday but never found the time to pop in and explore; or the hiking trails that arch around your town. There’s plenty to explore.

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This Lifehack Lesson by Jennifer Brown-Banks provides you with a guide to plan your stay-cation and save you money. It’s free for the first 7 days after which it will cost only $1.99 to have unlimited access to the lesson.

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Here’s an excerpt from the lesson

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You work hard. You deserve to play hard too. That’s why it’s essential, in these stressful times, to rejuvenate for optimal physical and mental well being. But that doesn’t mean you have to go far to get away from it all. This lesson will share fun ways to explore inexpensive options to enjoy activities right in your local area.

In a tough economy, with the high cost of living and air travel safety concerns, stay-cations are becoming a popular indulgence for a growing number of individuals and families.

What Exactly is a “Stay-Cation”?

Wikipedia defines it as: “A period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities within driving distance.” So consider… just because you’re technically “grounded” doesn’t mean you can’t discover new horizons and local pleasures to make your heart soar. If you’re on board, let’s explore a few ways to make it happen and save money in the process. Let’s get started…

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Last Updated on January 25, 2021

What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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What should I do today? No ideas?

Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

  1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
  2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
  3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
  4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
  5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
  6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
  7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
  8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
  9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
  10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
  11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
  12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
  13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
  14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
  15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
  16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
  17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
  18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
  19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
  20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
  21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
  22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
  23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
  24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
  25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
  26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
  27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
  28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
  29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
  30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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