10 Great Summer Stay-cations


Explore an Exotic City -- Your Own!

Even trying new restaurants in town will make you feel like you're on vacation.
Even trying new restaurants in town will make you feel like you're on vacation.

As you rush through your busy days, it's easy to overlook the wonder of your very own city. Before you start pricing flights and hotel packages on other towns, remember that other people actually pay big money to visit the sites all around your city. On your next stay-cation, take the time to explore the very best your community has to offer.

Keep things fresh by approaching your adventure like a true vacation. Pick up a guidebook and break out of your rut by trying new places or asking friends for can't-miss suggestions. Attend a local festival or pick up tickets to a show. Try a new restaurant or finally take the time to visit all those local tourist sites you've never gotten around to seeing. A stay-cation in your own town not only takes the logistic difficulties out of travel, but also leaves you feeling refreshed rather than frazzled when it's time to head back to work.

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How can I plan a fun "stay-cation"?

How can I plan a fun "stay-cation"?

How can you plan a fun 'stay-cation'? Learn how to give yourself a much-needed break without breaking the bank by planning a fun 'stay-cation.'