When it comes time to take a vacation, many people believe that you have to go to some exotic, and often far away, location to find something worthy of seeing. They don’t want to “waste” their vacation time going somewhere boring and, as a result, often end up spending quite a bit of money, and time, getting there and back. Often there is plenty to see and do close to home that many people don’t even consider. The next time you have some vacation time, try taking a vacation to the town you live in.
You live in your town for a reason, whether it’s because your job is there, you grew up there, or you moved there because you like something about it. But have you seen all there is to see in your town or area? We have lived in our city for three years now and I can honestly say there are still many places I have wanted to go but haven’t. During the week we are busy working at our jobs, and the weekends seem to be filled with chores to catch up. There never seems to be enough time to go see the sights. Does this sound familiar to you?
Well here is a way to remedy that.
Make a list of all the things in your town and the surrounding area that you’d like to see, or like to see again. Look at it from an outsider’s point of view, like you don’t know anything about the town and you’re researching it as a travel destination.
Include all kinds of sights that interest you whether it’s going to state or local parks, going to the opera or other type of show, going to a museum or historical site, taking a city tour, going to a nearby beach, etc. You can research things to see on the Internet, or check out a guidebook about your area from the library. Often while you’re researching things to do, you’ll discover places you never knew about.
Once you compile your list of things to do, estimate how long it would take you to see all of the things on your list, then take some days off from work and dedicate the time to doing it. To avoid falling into the trap of mixing your vacation time with your normal duties around the house, book a hotel room rather than staying at home or, better yet, a quaint bed and breakfast. Also research some interesting restaurants you’d like to try just like you were at some far away vacation spot. That way you don’t have to cook meals and do dishes; remember you’re on vacation.
Plan the driving route you’re going to take to get to all the sights or, if you live in a city, use public transportation and walk to see the sights. After you see the sights within your town’s borders, you can also take some day trips outside of town, just like you would do at any travel destination.
When it comes time to go, pack everything into your car and head for your new vacation destination, and don’t forget to bring your camera!
To maximize the experience, do all the things you would normally do while on vacation including sleeping in late, ordering room service, relaxing by the hotel pool, trying new things, taking lots of pictures, getting lost, etc.
Taking a vacation in your own town can save you a great deal of money since you don’t have to book flights, pay for parking at the airport, or rent a car. You’ll get to see all the sights on your list, avoid jet lag, and have an easy ride to get home when the vacation is through. Also, since the trip is only miles from home, you won’t have to take a great deal of time off from work to accomplish it either.