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4 Ways to Make Your Staycation Awesome

Posted On: June 15th, 2018

Going on vacation is a wonderful experience for the entire family. It is a great way to explore new places and spend quality time with those important to you. Vacation can be expensive, though, and if you are looking for a lower-cost alternative to vacationing away, consider a staycation! A staycation can be just as fun and is exactly as it sounds: a vacation in your home city or state. There are a lot of ways to make a staycation just as fun as traveling to a new place.

  1. Pretend to be a tourist: Look up the touristy things to do in your area; every area has something. Dayton is a National Aviation Heritage Area, so there are many of flight-related activities in our area, and a lot of them are free. Trip Advisor is a great way to get new ideas on places to visit. In case you are curious, the No. 1 thing to do in Dayton is visit the U.S. Air Force Museum. Don’t forget to try that new restaurant you have always wanted to try.
  2. Spend time outside: Spending time outside is a great way to pass the time, and best of all it is free! Dayton is full of great opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. There are 18 different Metro Parks in the Dayton area, and each one has something different to offer. Dayton also has 340 miles of bike trails that you can walk, cycle, or run on. There are also plenty of areas to take the family camping. It is like a vacation but costs significantly less. Campsites usually run $20-$30.
  3. Find Free Activities: Through the summer, there are a lot of free activities happening in the area. The Dayton Metro Library usually has plenty of different events at each of its locations. Dayton Local is also a great resource for discovering free events in the Dayton area; it’s how I find out a lot of my stuff!
  4. Take a Day Trip: Venture outside of the Dayton area to explore. Cincinnati and Columbus are great places to take day trips, and both offer a wide variety of fun activities for the whole family. Check Trip Advisor for the best places to visit! If you want to explore a little further there is Cleveland, which is 3.5 hours away, Indianapolis, which is only 2 hours away, or Lexington, which is 2.5 hours away. If you do a quick Google search for things to do in Ohio, you will get a fantastic mix of ideas. Here is a list of 20 things to do to get you started.

With some advanced planning, a staycation can be super fun! Just because you are choosing to stay local for vacation doesn’t mean you have to truly stay in your house, but that can be fun too! Whether you choose to explore locally or enjoy a relaxing week at home, you might be surprised what fun and exciting things you may come across. You can send your fun staycation ideas or photos to Val@rivervalleycu.org. For more posts visit my blog at https://www.rivervalleycu.org/val