inally, a well-deserved vacation. Who doesn't want to get away from the daily grind for a few days to recharge and clear the mind?

But, for many of us, a typical vacation isn't in the cards. The inflation fears, high fuel costs, high accommodation, and pandemic threats have raised a huge question mark on travel plans for vacation.

Staycations are the new vacation. You don't need to go to exotic places to enjoy and relax. You can do so in your locality and your home. The goal of a staycation is to make the experience seem like an actual vacation as much as possible. A little bit of creativity and preparation, and in the end, it can be just as rewarding as a trip to a faraway place.

Here are the Top 20 low spend and reduced travel staycation ideas for summer 2022 :

Go Camping

Couple Camping

Camping does not always mean wilderness. The gist of camping is to spend quality time outdoors. You can do that without going far. How about your backyard? If not, you can go to a nearby campsite. Setting up your tent can actually be enjoyable.

There are so many things you can do camping. How about telling ghost stories with a flashlight or simply lying down to watch that beautiful starry night? If you are lucky, you might even see a shooting star!

Go Hiking

Two People Hiking

Hiking is an excellent escape to nature. It does not have to be steep mountains or hills; you can go to parks or any place where there is nature. Walking in nature is therapeutic and a great staycation idea. Go slow and enjoy the scenery. It brings you closer to nature and calms your soul. With hiking, it's not about the destination but the journey. Make sure to enjoy the journey to the fullest.

Beach Day

Woman on the beach

A day at the beach is an excellent choice for a staycation if you live near the coast. You may visit any beach that's close by. Build a sandcastle, go swimming, or lie down and soak up the sun. You can enjoy several watersports, such as surfing, kayaking, kite surfing, parasailing, and jet skiing. There are so many things you can do on a beach. So, put on your beach wear and have a great day on the sand!

Pool Day

Woman in the pool

No worries, even if you don't live near the coastline. You can enjoy pool day instead. Organize a pool party with good food and music. Take an inflatable with you, hop on it and float in the water. Prepare a tray full of the food and eat it while in the pool. You don't have to go to the Maldives for that. The vibe is more important than the place. So, enjoy your refreshing pool day.

Explore National Parks

Elephant in the wild

Exploring national parks is a beautiful way to spend time with your family and friends. You may go birdwatching, observe animals, and enjoy the place's natural beauty. Take a jungle safari on an elephant or a jeep. The tranquillity of nature can help you calm your soul.

Go For A Dry Picnic.

A dry picnic is a great way to escape the urban hustle and bustle. What can be better than the feeling of coziness in lying down on the blanket and unloading delicious foods from the basket? You can prepare and pack yourself some lunch, or you can order takeout. Find a relaxing place, a park, or even your backyard. You can read some books, play games, share your stories, and enjoy that beautiful moment with your friends or family.

Treasure Hunt

Kids looking for treasure

There is nothing better than a treasure hunt to spice up your day. Plan a treasure quest and hide the clues along the way. The treasure can be anything, cash, chocolates, or a gift. You may organize a treasure hunt on your own, or you can participate in events.

Movie Night

Happy People Watching Movies

What can be better than a movie night with your loved ones? You can go for a movie night in theaters or plan one at home. It's sometimes more fun to watch the movie at home snuggling under a blanket. It's more private and cozy than going out in theatres. Get yourself some popcorn and drinks and enjoy the movie night.

Barbeque Night

Barbeque in the Backyard

Barbeque night is an excellent idea for the staycation. Nothing compares to the food grilled with love. You can organize an outdoor party with drinks, grilled foods, and games to enjoy the evening. Play games, dance, and enjoy the evening with your loved ones.

Visit Local Zoo

Zoo animal

You can opt to visit local zoos where you can find several wild animals. It's a great staycation idea, especially if you have children. You can do many things in a zoo, from watching several wild animals to enjoying the park's many activities and shows.

Visit Local Museum

Couple in Museum Exhibit

Museums are reminiscent of the history which we need to preserve. Visiting the local museum and broadening your history knowledge is a fantastic idea. On top of that, several fascinating things will make the visit memorable and enjoyable.

Go Fishing

Two People Fishing

Fishing is a great way to build relationships and memories with family and friends. What can be better than hunting for your food and enjoying it later on? The joy of catching the fish is peerless. Make sure you have someone who knows fishing so that s/he can set up and guide you on the sport.

Nothing compares to the tranquility, peace, calmness, and joy of catching that big fish!

Mukbang Challenge

Muckbang Noodles

Mukbang has been a trendy word these days. With so many mukbang challenges coming up, why not try one of them? Especially if you are a foodie, this can be a great staycation idea. There are several challenges that you can try. This includes spicy ramen challenge, one color food challenge, weird food combo challenge, and more. You can create your own challenge or rules to make it more interesting.

Karaoke Night

Woman Singing

Do you love singing? Karaoke night is just the perfect staycation for you. You can go to Karaoke bars or have that karaoke night at home. You can easily find karaoke mics, and song tracks are readily available on youtube. Karaoke can be a great way to release all your frustrations and sadness. Make a night of it by belting out some tunes.

Be The Local Tourist.

Tourist Talking a Photo

You may live in a popular tourist destination, but you've never really gone touristing and seen everything there is to see. It's the ideal reason to finally visit all the places and activities you've always wanted to do. Act as a local tourist and visit the places in tourist mode to uncover everything your hometown offers.

Watch Sunset

Orange Sunset

Sunset is therapeutic. You can feel relaxed watching the sunset. The orangish sky, birds flying, and the golden sun are such a beautiful sight. Sunset is the primary interest of many vacations, and we spend lots of money traveling to these places just to watch it.

But, sunsets are not expensive. They happen everywhere, and you don't need to be in exotic places to watch them. Go to the nearby beach or just a view from your window or terrace and you can find what you are looking for. Sunsets are beautiful everywhere. Nature has given us these beautiful gifts for free, yet we're too busy to appreciate them.

Nature Day

Nature Greenery

Set a date for nature day. Vitamin N is essential for recharging our batteries and refreshing our souls. Explore nature, whether it's in a park or forest or by the river. Spend some time in nature and immerse yourself in it. Nature has a therapeutic influence, making you feel at peace and relaxed. Nature days offer a great way to disconnect from the daily grind and connect with nature's serenity.

Visit Amusement Park

Rides at an Amusement Park

Life can be boring at times. But fortunately, there are amusement parks that spice up our boring lives for a while. Visiting an amusement park is a great staycation idea. The thrilling rides, colorful carnivals, food, music, and cartoon characters make visiting fun. Scream your lungs out on the rollercoaster and let out all your frustrations or worries. Also, amusement parks are great places to bond with your loved ones, especially if you are a little awkward with them.

Potluck Party

Potluck Food on a Table

A Potluck party is a great way to connect with your neighbors. We travel to learn about different cultures and experiences. But, we tend to forget that people living near us are also from different cultural backgrounds and heritages. Connecting to them is similar to gaining that first-hand cultural experience. So, you can organize a potluck party and let your neighbors prepare their cultural food and enjoy the taste of the world.


Man Sleeping

Sleepcation is the new vacation. You need to give your body a vacation as well. Let it have a break after overworking for so long. Catch up on sleep you sacrificed to study for that exam or meet that project deadline. It is the best way to reclaim your energy and be relaxed. Sleepcations are becoming more popular, and people are booking expensive hotels to enjoy them. You can simply enjoy it at your home and visit the dreamland you missed going to.


Life can be hectic at times, and we need a break from it to refresh ourselves. But, vacation does not always need to be heavy on the pockets or hours spent on long flights. Especially in this pandemic situation and with inflation reaching its record high, it can be tough to plan a vacation. Staycations are an excellent alternative to holidays if you want to take a break but don't have the money or time to go on a trip. You can feel relaxed and fun and enjoy your day with staycation as much as you would on vacation. After all, fun is in people, not the place.


Jun 14, 2022
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