Vacations can be a huge expense, especially if you’re bringing the whole family. You’ve probably heard the expression, “I need a vacation from my vacation.” That expression exists because even though visiting new places is an exciting adventure, traveling can be stressful. For this reason, many people are choosing to stick around town to avoid some of those stresses– thus, the trend of staycation. Save money, make progress on projects, explore local events, and maybe even uncover a paradise in your own backyard!
By fixing up your backyard, you can enjoy peaceful time whenever you want! So, if you want to save money, make some progress on some projects, and end up feeling truly rejuvenated, a staycation is the way to go! Let’s explore a few of the benefits of opting for a staycation, rather than a big trip.
Improve the Value of Your Home
By improving your outdoor space, you’re improving the value of your home. When it comes time to sell your house, a luxurious outdoor eating area, spectacular landscaping, or peaceful lounge area can be a big selling point. Plus, you get to enjoy your backyard retreat for as long as you own your home! Finally tackling that big renovation? Consider a home equity line of credit for a low-interest way to finance home improvements.
No Traffic or Travel Time
Skip the jetlag and cramped car rides. Most towns have at least one historic tourist attraction, nature preserve, or museum. It’s easy to overlook some of the fun things your hometown has to offer. By sticking around during your time off work, you have no reason not to take day trip excursions in and around your town and try some things you ordinarily wouldn’t do during your routine work week.
Finally complete the projects you never seem to get around to doing. Many families go away for vacation and come back home to a slew of half-finished projects. Tackle that pile of junk mail. Clean out the attic or closet. By taking some time to focus on checking off items on your to-do list, not only will you be able to enjoy countless hours at your own property, but you’ll also get a sense of achievement for having completed a goal.
Of course, the best part of opting for a staycation is that you’ll save money! The three biggest expenses on a vacation are: the hotel stay, eating out at restaurants, and public transit. By cooking for yourself, eliminating hotel costs, and keeping transit to a minimum, you can enjoy relaxation without racking up bills.
If you’re not sure how you want to spend your vacation time this year, imagine the improvements you can make to your existing space. Think of some fun ways you can spend your time off with your family right in your hometown. Best of all, by opting for a staycation rather than an expensive getaway, you can save money to put towards your home projects as a way to invest in your property.
If you live in the Lancaster area, there are tons of great ways to spend your staycation. Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and New York are all close enough for a day trip. But even if you choose to stay more locally, there are plenty of fun events and attractions to check out. See a show at the Fulton Theater, take a tour of scenic farmland on the Strasburg Railroad, or even just trying a new restaurant can be a fun experience for your staycation. There’s any number of ways to enjoy your time right here at home.