Summer is finally here, and it is time to take off some of that pressure from your stressful job. What better way to do that then to take a day trip or a day-cation? Ok, yes that was super corny, but I like corny jokes 🙂 ! Many people think that in order to enjoy your summer, you have to take off work for an entire week or set aside time to go away for a weekend, but that is not the case! A day trip is a great idea, and I’m going to tell you why.
1. It’s cost efficient!
When taking a vacation, you have to worry about flight and hotel costs and making sure you have money for food every day while you’re there. If you take a day-cation, you’ll only have to worry about gas and food for one day! However, if you pack some snacks from home and take some meals that don’t have to be kept cold or warmed up, you can eliminate the costs of dining out altogether! My family and I went to Dewey Beach in Delaware for Memorial Day, and we spent $35 to fill up the tank and $10 to park when we got there. We had packed snacks, drinks, and our lunch for the day, and we were good to go. You can do it too — just take a cooler with you to keep your drinks cold, fill up your tank, and get on the road!
2. You can still relax and enjoy yourself!
No, it’s not a week or weekend-long trip, but a day trip can still serve the same purpose. It takes your mind away from your work-related troubles and gives you a much-needed break so that you can come back re-energized. During your day-cation, you can immerse yourself in a place nearby that you’ve never heard of or a place nearby that you’ve always wanted to visit. Try to use this as an opportunity to try new things, meet new people, and have fun! You can choose to go by yourself and learn about what makes you happy, or you can get a couple of friends or family members who are always down for a good time, set your playlist for the car, and make some unforgettable memories!
3. It’s easy to plan!
You can literally start planning your day-cation today, even if you don’t plan on going for another month or so. Start with mapping out your budget for the day, and look at places nearby that have inexpensive attractions that interest you. Make sure you have money for gas, tolls, and souvenirs, and you’re good to go! It’s that simple, I promise. The hardest part might be picking the best place to visit because some of these places are hidden gems, trust me!
One example of a hidden gem is Lancaster, Pennsylvania. My family and I went for a spring break day-cation, and we had an absolute blast! We went to a bowling alley, tasted some wine, went souvenir shopping, and tasted something called shoo fly pie (which was really delicious)! The best part about it was that everything was free besides bowling and shopping. Yes, we really went wine tasting for free! I don’t know about where you all live, but wine tasting in the D.C. area is NOT free, and it is certainly not cheap. I say all of this to say, do your research, find what interests you, and allow yourself to have fun! It’s really easy!
Let me know in the comments where you want to visit for your day-cation!
“Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.” -Eileen Caddy