Staycations: Save Money, Have Fun! #TravelTuesday

by Carrie with Children with 18 comments

The summer is quickly coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop exploring and having fun.  Just stay closer to home and experience the fun in your own city!  Saturdays and Sundays are the perfect time for a staycation!

My girls have another two weeks left this summer and I’ve been trying to do some fun activities with them close to home.  No spending the night away from home – just exploring the great city we live in and finding new places.  From museums to festivals, we found a lot of great, (new to us) places.  And best of all – we’ve saved money too!

Money Saving Tips for Staycations

Having fun doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot! Here are some money-saving tips to plan adventures in your own city –

  • Contact your local convention and visitors bureau (CVB) – Ask them to mail you a local visitors guide and see if they have discount/coupons too!   (I used to work at my local CVB – they are a great resource!)
  • When booking accommodations – call the local phone number and see if they offer a “local resident rate”.  Never hurts to ask!
  • Take advantage of “free” days at museums! Two of our local museums have certain days throughout the month with free admission!
  • Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!  We have a chocolate company and a beer company that do factory tours – they are fun & free!
  • Take advantage of any city, state and National Parks!  Soak up nature and maybe sneak in a little education time too!  One of the local city parks in my city even has a splash park – all free!
  • Be on the lookout for coupon mailer magazines! Use those coupons to plan your meals and activities.


If you haven’t had a staycation, give it a try –  you’ll have a great time and the best part?  The drive home isn’t too far and you never have to stop and ask for directions!

Have you ever taken a staycation?  What are your tips?


  • Whitney @ It's Gravy, Baby!

    These are great tips! I was guilty of thinking there was nothing to do in our area until I really started looking. We have many parks and places to check out wildlife.

    • Carrie with Children

      So glad you enjoyed these tips! Hope you and your family have fun exploring!

  • Jessica @FoundtheMarbles

    These are great tips. You can also get discounts for local attractions at some local municipal offices!

  • Ashley

    We love taking staycations in the summer. There is a little less to do around here in the winter so thats when we like to go away.

    • Carrie with Children

      Yay! I’m glad to hear you enjoy taking staycations too!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell

    Great idea to ask for a resident rate. I’ve had better luck with that in the larger cities in which I’ve lived.

    • Carrie with Children

      It never hurts to ask – depending on availability too, they can usually accommodate you!

  • Becca - My Crazy Good Life

    These are great tips! The local CVBs are usually an excellent resource!

    • Carrie with Children

      They are a fantastic resource for information and can usually help you save money too!

  • Beeb

    I’m all for staycations – there is so much fun stuff to do locally, and we are so busy these days that just sitting on the couch not moving would feel like the greatest vacation ever. LOL!!

    • Carrie with Children

      LOL. I totally know what you men, Beeb! 🙂

  • Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife)

    Really great tips!! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Emily Knight (@OurKnightLife)

    I hit send by mistake… We like the free museum days. I also ask via twitter when I am going places for local tips!

    • Carrie with Children

      Yes! Twitter is a fantastic resource – great suggestion!

  • Melissa

    Such great tips – we love staycations!