Stay in town on budget with these clever staycation ideas, while enjoying your favorite Yolo Rum cocktail.
Now that summer is in full swing, and things are getting back to ‘normal,’ here are some staycation ideas to enjoy time with friends or family while enjoying your favorite summer beverage without leaving your home state!
# 5 – Take a virtual tour of the Louvre
As the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France, it’s one of the city’s central landmarks. The museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries showcase art through the ages, featuring some of the most recognizable and priceless paintings and sculptors. Visit the French Kings’ palace to admire some of the world’s most exceptional art or appreciate Western Civilization’s most famous masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the Vénus de Milo. The virtual tour is free, thanks to sponsors, and it provides a unique way to appreciate art from home where you can sip on a delicious Mai Tai while taking in the arts. Think of all the money you’ll save on airfare!
# 4 – Drive-In Theatre
At their peak in the 1950’s, there were an estimated 4000 drive-in theaters in the United States. There are only about 325 still operating in the US today, according to DriveInMovie.com who has a comprehensive state listing of the nostalgic drive-in theatres still operating today. Load up on your favorite rum beverages and snacks while enjoying a piece of Americana history. Some drive-in theatres are hosting events like raves, concerts, and other pop-culture favorites, so find a theatre near you and enjoy part of your staycation there. Just make sure someone in your group is content to be the designated driver!
# 3 – Backyard Camping
Not everyone has a backyard, but consider spending the night in the great outdoors if you do. Pitch a tent, fire up the BBQ, mix your favorite alcoholic beverage, stare up at the stars, listen to the sounds of nature, and get away from your daily routine. Some studies suggest that people who spent at least 2 hours a week in nature saw an improvement in their mental and physical health, compared to people who didn’t spend any time in nature. If you don’t have a backyard, try switching things up, pitch a tent indoors, and put on nature sounds for an unusual change of pace.
# 2 – Animal Sanctuaries
There are hundreds of accredited animal sanctuaries in the United States, and thousands if you include volunteer and non-profit animal rescues. Most are desperate for donations to provide medical treatment, house, and feed the animals in their care. Check out this state-by-state listing; you may be surprised to find an animal park that you can drive-thru. If not, many offer tours in large outdoor areas providing plenty of room to enjoy the scenery. Pack up your favorite rum recipe and enjoy supporting a worthy cause while practicing safety first, hiring a designated driver, or having a picnic before you go.
# 1 – Go to the zoo via live animal webcams
Another way to get away without leaving your home is to find a zoo webcam that features your favorite wild animals. Find local zoos, take a virtual trip around the world, see what the koalas are doing in Healesville, Australia, or head to Ireland and visit the Dublin Zoo. We found webcams for hippos, platypus, baboons, penguins, polar bears, apes, tigers, elephants, giraffes, burrowing owls, panda’s, koalas, and condors. Most webcams are sponsored, so it’s not only easy and safe, but it’s free! Another great way to enjoy your summer, indulge in your favorite Yolo Rum recipe and keep your vacation on a budget.