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Staycations: The Ultimate Debt-Reducing Vacation Hack

5/15/23 | Lindsie Wharff, Marketing Specialist


Are you looking for a way to relax and unwind without breaking the bank this summer? Consider taking a staycation. A staycation involves taking time off from work to stay home or explore your local area. Not only is it a great way to save money, but it can also help you discover local hidden gems you may have missed.

StaycationWhy should I take a staycation?

One of the main benefits of a staycation is that it can help you reduce debt. Traveling for vacations involves spending money on transportation, accommodation, and activities. By staying home, you can save money on these expenses and use it towards paying off any debts you may have. Staycations can reduce stress and improve financial well-being in the long run.

How can I make the most out of my staycation?

Make the most out of your staycation by planning and budgeting accordingly. You can list activities you want to do and estimate their costs. It will help you prioritize your spending and ensure that you stay within your budget. Treating your staycation like a real vacation is essential, which means disconnecting from work and other responsibilities to relax and recharge fully.

What are some fun things to do on a staycation?

If you’re not sure where to start, here are some fun and exciting staycation ideas that you can enjoy without ever leaving your house:

  • Take a self-care day: Set aside a day to focus on your physical and mental well-being. Take a yoga class, or spend the day in bed reading your favorite book.
  • Have a movie marathon night: Gather your favorite snacks, blankets, and movies for a cozy night in. You could even choose a theme or genre to make it more exciting.
  • Host a game night with your friends and family: Board games, card games, and video games are great ways to bond with loved ones while having fun. You could even make it a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite dish.
  • Plan a picnic or host a BBQ: Spend some time outdoors by planning a picnic or hosting a BBQ in your backyard. Soak up some sunshine and enjoy the company of friends and family.
  • Try a new hobby or take on a new home improvement project: Staycations are an excellent opportunity to try something new. Whether it’s learning a new skill like painting or cooking or tackling a home improvement project like painting a room or building a bookshelf, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction once you’ve completed it.

How can I explore Utah on my staycation?

If you’re looking to explore your local area, there are plenty of hidden gems waiting to be discovered:  

  • Hike in Utah’s national parks: Utah has five national parks, each with its unique landscape and breathtaking views. From Zion National Park to Bryce Canyon National Park, there are plenty of opportunities to explore the great outdoors and exercise.
  • Visit Utah’s museums and cultural attractions: Utah has a rich history and vibrant culture celebrated through its museums and cultural attractions. The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and The Leonardo are just a few examples of the many museums worth visiting.
  • Attend a local festival or event: Utah is known for its festivals and events, ranging from the Sundance Film Festival to the Utah State Fair. Attending one of these events is a great way to experience the local culture and have some fun at the same time.

Staycationing is a great way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and discover local hidden gems. By saving money and prioritizing your spending, you can reduce debt and improve your financial well-being in the long run. Whether you choose to stay at home or explore your local area, there are plenty of fun and exciting activities to enjoy. So why not plan your next staycation today and discover all that your local area has to offer?



Lindsie Wharff is a Marketing Specialist at Altabank. She specializes in social media and marketing content and enjoys helping people learn more about their finances.