If you follow me on social media, or have read some of my recent posts, then you know I work a full-time job outside of the travel industry. What that comes down to, time off is few and far between. I feel as if I have mastered seeing the world on two weeks’ vacation a year. *Disclaimer: I don’t see as much of the word that I would love. * So how do I make every day an adventure? I see local and I stay local. I live in Atlanta and there is never a lack of activities in the city on any given weekend. Plus add North Georgia and any surrounding city, and I could have a new adventure twice a week for life. There is something to do in any place you live, big or small. So, you can’t take a week-long vacation this year for whatever reason? Don’t worry. You can still have adventures. I’ve got you covered.
Rock the Staycation
Where ever you may live, there is surely something new to discover. Or maybe an old favorite you haven’t done or seen in a while. Here are some of my favorite things to do on weekends when I can’t go far.
Go see a play or musical. I’m very lucky that Atlanta is my hometown, and the Fox theatre has no shortage of events. It’s not something I do often, so when it happens, it’s a special treat. Much like a vacation.
Georgia is incredible. In two hours, I’ve got mountains and hiking and waterfalls galore. So on a Saturday, I’ll pick a state park and go adventure.
Go explore a small town you don’t ever go to. Even if there is no big draw to it (so you think), you can always find something quirky to do. Find an antique store, a cute restaurant, a unique clothes store, café, etc.
Go to a festival. A farmer’s market. A state fair. Anything. I love a good fall festival, and Georgia has no shortage of these. I may even do a blog post of my favorite festivals in Georgia, if anyone is interested.
Go to the zoo. Or aquarium. Or the World of Coke. Or a ball game. Or the mall to people watch. Make a day of it, a night of it, or even a weekend of it. A trip to Ikea is like a mini-vacation for me. I always choose to make it special and spend a whole day in the area. Even something as small as an awesome store, can become a day filled with memories.
This is a short one, because I feel that it needs no explanation. My favorite part of travel, the weekend getaway. Yes, I love international travel (writing this from the airport headed towards Amsterdam as we speak) and big trips. Who doesn’t? But when you work a job that requires more than a full-time commitment, you do what you can. So go find a new town or city close by! Even if you have been there before, pick one or two new things to do or see in that city. Here is how.
Make the most of the holidays and three-day weekends. Fourth of July? Take the day before and after. Thanksgiving? Take the Friday after. New Years. Christmas. Presidents Day. If you are lucky enough to have a job with holidays throughout the year, take advantage of that time off. *Disclaimer: Holidays are the most expensive time to travel. But it is a price I am willing to pay. You can do it cheap (stay outside of the city center, etc.) but it may not be for everyone. *
DO NOT waste vacation time for small things. That dentist appointment? I schedule it at 4:00 PM and go into work early that day. Car needs an oil change? Saturdays exist for a reason. Everyone has a day off(hopefully, if not I am so sorry!) so use your day off to your advantage. And use your vacation days to see the world.
What is your secret to a great weekend getaway? Or how do you make the most of the city you live? Tell me in the comments below. And as always, following me on social media to hear when the next post is up. XOXO