If you’re on a tight budget, a staycation is a great option. Instead of driving yourself insane about not being able to travel, take a good look at your surroundings and determine some affordable options. If you live in California, Las Vegas isn’t too far. If you live in New York City, Atlantic City is a great option. However, an adventure in Manhattan also works.
A staycation is a great option for various reasons…
It allows you to work with a smaller budget than if you were traveling far away.
It will help you appreciate your surroundings a bit more. Take a closer look at the touristy section of New York or wherever you live!
Because you’ll be familiar with your surroundings, you’ll be able to better to direct family members when they visit.
A staycation is still an opportunity to become a better traveler. Learn to set a budget and an itinerary on a small trip, and imagine how much more efficient you’ll be when the time for a big trip rolls around.
Spend your day at Spa Castle in Queens and take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. Grab your spa key and head over to the bathing area, which is modeled after traditional Asian and European bath culture. Relax in one of their signature saunas or ice rooms, target pressure points throughout your body in one of the spa pools, or re-balance and rejuvenate with a massage, body scrub, or reflexology session. If you’re hungry, sit down for some sushi, grab a freshly pressed juice, or pile on the fruit toppings at the frozen yogurt bar. Purchase services, food, and beverages using your key and enjoy complimentary toiletries before heading out back into reality. Don’t feel like going all the way to Queens? Try Spa Castle Manhattan.
NYC kayak or Canoeing
Grab a paddle and seek out some free kayaking! NYC has never looked more beautiful from a kayak (or canoe), where you can enjoy some of the best views by paddling on the New York Harbor or East River. Kayaking is one of the best things to do in summer, and you get a little bit of a workout as well.
Have a true staycation in the Big Apple by checking into the Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District. This place offers up plenty of fun packages like the Ultimate Shopping Spree, which includes a complimentary poolside beverage and exclusive discounts at nearby retail stores like Theory, Ted Baker London, and Scoop NYC. Reserve their Head To Toe package and get pampered with a massage and one exhale mind body spa class. Being in the heart of the Meatpacking District means you’re just steps away from The High Line – perfect for exploring or going on an afternoon walk or jog. Check in and check out for a few days in the city that never sleeps.
Free Museum Days
Spend a day exploring all of the amazing museums and art galleries the city has to offer. From the MoMA and the Met to the Museum of Sex and the International Center of Photography, there is a place to examine art of all kinds. Plus, many of these museums also have inviting restaurants and bars where you can take a break and enjoy a good meal. There are also plenty of children’s museums to bring the whole family to like The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Hayden Planetarium, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Stop by the gift shops on your way out and buy something to remember your day.