Consider a staycation if your budget won't let you travel this summer. It's a great way to save money while exploring your own hometown. We've put together some tips to help you start planning a great staycation with help from certified public accountant and Dillard University professor Kemberley Washington.
Research Places You Haven't Been Yet
Thinking of places you’ve never been before is a great way to start planning a staycation. Create an itinerary for you and your friends or family with a few places you have yet to visit in your hometown. You could even get your kids in on planing activities. Some places may include spending a few days visiting galleries in the French Quarter, shopping on Magazine Street or spending some great quality time on the river. Here’s another great idea: Plan a day with a great view of New Orleans from a rooftop bar.
Explore Your Surroundings
Try incorporating different things from your hometown you might sometimes overlook. Some examples can include making local festivals part of your staycation, hopping on the streetcar or cruising on the Steamboat Natchez. Maybe spend a day crossing off some items on this Bourbon Street Bucket List. Experiencing a meal at a great New Orleans restaurant like Galatoire’s is another idea.
Find Ways To Save Money
Be conscious of staying within budget even though you’re not traveling. Consider partnering with family and friends as you consider costs, especially if you’re planning a hotel stay. Create a budget, and divide costs. Think about creating online payment plans in advance to break down costs in smaller increments. Take public transportation to cut down parking and travelling expenses. The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority offers 3-day passes for $9 to travel buses and streetcars.
Inexpensive Attractions Make Great Options
There are many hometown bargains right before your eyes. New Orleans ranks No. 1 in festivals and No. 5 in free attractions. Consider a tour of the French Quarter. The New Orleans Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art both offer free admission to Louisiana residents on Wednesdays. Also, consider visiting the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas or the National WWII Museum. Plus, here are some kid-friendly options that won’t break the bank.
Get In Vacation Mode
Just because your staying at home doesn’t mean you’re not on vacation. Don’t do any work during this time. Try to let go of errands, and just relax. Treat a staycation just like a vacation. Here’s a list of apps that can help get you started.
Are there other great staycation ideas you want to share? If you would like to let Nola Weekend know about any other ideas, feel free to drop us a line.