We all know (and love) a good vacation. After all, discovering a new city, country, or continent expands our horizons in all the right ways. But what about staying put and exploring the place you call home? Enter the staycation. This type of trip is gaining a whole lot of traction lately — and with good reason.

As you’ll soon find out, discovering something new doesn’t always mean changing time zones. Sometimes, you just need to step outside your front door and become a tourist in your own city. Read on to learn how.

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1. Learn a handy new skill

Think you’ve seen all your city has to offer? Think again. After a few clicks (or taps) online, you’ll find countless amazing things to do near you. Whether it’s a street art workshop or maybe even a perfume making class, you’ll be surprised by what’s going on in your own backyard. You can even dive fork-first into your hometown’s culinary scene with a cooking course or a tasty food tour.

2. Explore your city’s cultural hubs

Visiting a museum is one of the most popular things to do on vacation. If you haven’t had the chance to spend some time in your city’s cultural hubs, make a day (or afternoon) of it. You’ll soon discover that learning about history and artwork isn’t just interesting, it’s fun! Meet Berlin’s oldest resident at the Natural History Museum or see the Rosetta Stone at the British Museum. And if art’s your thing, we’ll help you decide which of Paris’ famous museums to visit. But wherever you call home, make sure you don’t waste precious time waiting in line.

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3. See home from a different angle

Photography is often the key to unlocking a new side of a familiar sight. Next time you head out for a walk, take your camera with you and get creative. Challenge yourself to find a fresh perspective amidst everyday sights. We bet you’ll find treasures that you never spotted before. To hone your snapping skills, consider finding a workshop near you like this one or reading up on some of our top tips.

4. Pack a picnic, not a suitcase

Living out of a suitcase can get old fast, even for the most experienced traveler. Luckily, staycations require no packing on your part. This means there’s no such thing as forgetting the basics or losing your passport (we hope). And while packing a suitcase can be a stressful task, packing a picnic basket is a whole lot of fun. Just scout out a nice spot and roll out your checkered blanket. Bonus picnic points if you’re near Central Park or Hyde Park.

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5. Make memories on a day trip

If you can’t go on a big trip, make time for a small one. They’re a great way to escape the everyday grind when time’s tight but the urge to travel is strong. What’s more, your options are practically limitless, no matter where you live. Whether it’s jaw-dropping castles or stunning archaeological sites, you’ll be surprised by what your region has to offer. Plus, you won’t have to worry about catching flights and finding your accommodation.

6. Take a walking tour

Every city has a story, but not everyone knows the ins and outs of their hometown. That’s why walking tours are so amazing. For staycationers, they’re an ideal way to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of your hometown. Some tours dive into historical landmarks while others focus on the architecture that defines the destination. Either way, they’ll broaden your knowledge into what makes your city tick.

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