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I mentioned some time ago that I would be exploring Athens a bit more, and I have. My mother and brother were recently here for a visit which gave me an opportunity to rediscover the city. That’s why now is the best time for me to give you my staycation tips.
This wouldn’t be a travel blog if I didn’t vehemently advocate for traveling as much as you can. Travel in the EU, in particular, has become so affordable and simple without borders or having to exchange money. Plus, if you travel light it so much easier to hop on a plane and go somewhere else for a few days. But as much as I love to travel, I don’t always have the money for it. Luckily, Athens is a historical city with several things to do and see – at least for a few days.
If you can’t afford to travel what you can do instead is plan a little staycation. Staycations are an excellent chance to save money and explore the place you call home. All you need are these seven staycation tips.
If you’re positive about saving some money and planning a staycation read on! Here are my staycation tips so you can have the most amazing time.
Discover Different Neighborhoods
In today’s society, we are constantly busy: Wake up, hit the gym, get ready for work, spend eight hours there, go grocery shopping, cook, eat, read a book, sleep, repeat. And the weekends are for chores and maybe catching up with friends. Who has time to explore other neighborhoods in their cities? But a staycation gives you a chance to see something else and learn something new about your city.
Go on a Free Walking Tour
You already know that I love free walking tours. Why not join one in your own city and find out things you may not have known before? You get the chance to see your city with the eyes of a tourist and maybe even fall in love with it again.
Do Some Sightseeing
Here’s a genuine question: How well do you know the place you live? Too many people haven’t even been to the main sights in their own cities. I know I didn’t when I lived in Montreal. And I only explored Hamburg’s major sights when I knew I was going to leave. In general, tourists often know our cities better than we do. A staycation gives you a chance to explore your own city. And because you live there you can strategically plan it. For example, most sights in Athens are free on the first Sunday of each month from November to March so if I want to see something specific I can do it without having to buy an expensive ticket.
Find Special Events to Attend
We’ve already established that during your workweek you don’t have a lot of time and energy to do anything special. But on your staycation, you can see that new play that is on. Or what about a festival that may be too exhausting otherwise. We recently went to the Athens Vegan Life Festival and spent hours there which we wouldn’t have done if we had had to work the week before or after.
Relax and Pamper Yourself
While vacations can often be stressful (think transit, walking around all day, waiting in line to see things), staycations emphasize peace and quiet. If you truly want to reap the benefits of a staycation you should stay away from major chores. But it’s even better to pamper yourself. While my mother was here, we decided to book an appointment at Hammam Baths Athens. We escaped the noisy and busy city for 1.5 hours and enjoyed the steam and the relaxing massage. You don’t have to go to the other side of the world for the ultimate wellness experience.
Go out to Eat
Okay, this wouldn’t be a vegan travel blog if I didn’t mention food. A staycation is an ideal time to forego cooking at home and eat at restaurants instead. Maybe there’s a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try? Or you could try to visit a different restaurant in a different neighborhood every day.
Book a Hotel Room
Why not simply stay at your place, you may ask? Well, at home it might be difficult for you to relax because there will be things you need to get done. Book a room (maybe splurge on a luxury hotel), and you won’t have to worry about dishes, laundry, etc. I have yet to do this myself, but while my mother and brother were here I spent a night at the apartment they had booked. So much better than staying at home.
Even though you may want to go globetrotting it may not always be an option (time, money, or a busy schedule might prevent you). But I hope these staycation tips will inspire you to do all the impressive things tourists do in your city.