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Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Affordable Staycation Strategies To Try Now

By Sally Horchow

When summer finally arrives, wanderlust isn't far behind. But if a full-fledged vacation isn't within reach (or budget), worry not. Here are some tips for taking the perfect getaway — without ever leaving your area (or breaking the bank).

Go local. Be a tourist in your own town. Check hotel websites to take advantage of packages designed for locals, such as the “Staycation” package at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica, California or discount offers from chains like Kimpton Hotels.

Make a plan. Whether you're hibernating at home or hot-footing it to a local hotel, treat your trip like any other; try TripIt travel organizer or USA Today AutoPilot to plan an organized itinerary, so you make the most of every minute.

Take it out on the town. In your busy life, one carefree night could pay more dividends than a ten day siesta. Use Care4Hire to hire a sitter, Limo Finder for a limo and OpenTable to book a table. We're giving you the go-ahead to get out!

Do your research. Don't just take our advice, go to the pros. Websites like “Jen and Barb Mom Life” and “DadLabs” have great videos with tips on family vacations, SkinnyScoop has a staycation survey and an Indagare subscription will give you the best information about all things travel.

Take your tots. You don't have to jet to Jaipur to create a memorable trip with your children. Surprisingly, many hotels have family-friendly perks, such as a Spa-cation Package at The Peninsula in New York, that make it easy to bring the kids and still have adult fun.

Go abroad without going abroad. If you can't get there, try the next best thing: a simulation. One taste, smell or experience can easily transport you across the world to another culture. Check Chowhound for the best ethnic food in your area or try a hotel with an international flair, such as the Experience Japan package at The Miyako Hybrid Hotel in Torrance, California.

Get luxe for less. Sign up for luxury sale sites — Tablet Hotels, Jetsetter and Luxury Link — for discounts on the chicest resorts and local hotels.

Try a tipi. Who needs the Grand Canyon? With an authentic tipi, you can erect an amazing adventure in your own backyard or at a local campground.

Seek out sales. You know to hit your local paper and Citysearch for stuff to do, but how about getting that stuff on sale? Sign up for email lists like Groupon, Tippr, GoGabble and Blackboard Eats and you'll receive daily discounts.

  • Why not get away in your own backyard?

    Courtesy of Reliable Tent & Tipi
Should I Stay Or Should I Go?
Affordable Staycation Strategies To Try Now
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