In my last few posts, I’ve given tips on travel for those who are new to going abroad and for those with a bit more of an adventurous spirit. I also spoke about the things I do when landing in a new city, and how to make the most of the time I have there.

But what if you can’t travel abroad because of time, your kids’ school schedules, or even being low on funds?

Some of the best self-care can be experienced closer to home, and below are some of my favorite things to do when I can’t get away abroad.


There’s usually something to do in your city or a town nearby. And the planning won’t take too long.



For the past two years, I’ve been lucky enough to live near the mountains, and that involves plenty of places to explore. Biking has been one of my favorite outdoor activities. And if you don’t live anywhere near the mountains, your neighborhood park may have trails that are bike friendly.


Another favorite. Again, living near the mountains has its benefits, and trails abound. However, like biking, a park nearby may provide a nice getaway for you, your family and friends

And while you’re at it, bring along your favorite finger foods– for me that would be cheese, crackers, and fruit– and have a PICNIC. Spend the day with a good book, playing frisbee or just people-watching.


One of the best indoor activities that I’ve participated in– a cooking class at Schola in downtown Baltimore. Depending on where you go, you’ll serve up some of the best cuisines of the world, often with wine in hand. Who can beat that? And if you don’t drink, don’t worry. Bringing along your favorite sparkling, non-alcoholic beverage will work as well. 

And don’t forget other class options like pottery or painting. There’s so much to choose from.


Learn more about your area, and sightsee. I have to admit, being in Albuquerque, there are still some things on my staycation to-do list. I’m just 2 miles away from the Sandia Peak Tramway and have yet to take part in this activity. I’m also just a few hours away from White Sands National Monument and will take a quick trip later this summer. Perfect staycations.


This seems like a fun activity to do with kids (big and small). I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks pretty interesting. If you try it out, be sure to let me know how it went in the comments below.


And last, here are some other suggestions for you. And there are many more…

  • Spa day
  • Wineries
  • Local festivals and fairs
  • Overnight stay at a nearby city or town to enjoy what they have to offer

What attractions are in your city or town that you’ve been meaning to visit? Can you schedule it within a week? Do any of the above appeal to your staycation tendencies? Let me know in the comments below.

*None of the links in this post are promotional. I will not receive any benefit.

Share This