With Labor Day weekend fast approaching, many New Orleanians are mulling over what do or where to go for the holiday. And recent reports that the economy is ever worsening leaves some people wondering if it’s a good idea to travel at all. But this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on a fun holiday weekend. With so much to do in one’s own backyard, more locals are discovering the joys and savingsof taking a staycation.
Staycations on the Rise
According official estimates, the average traveler spends $697+ during Labor Day weekend. And while 10% more Americans plan to travel this year than in 2009, travel trends are still lower than in years before the current economic crisis. Overall, a vast majority of people are deciding to play “tourists in their own town” or are taking day trips to locations within 50 miles. In fact, 34 million travelers will stay closer to home for Labor Day, as it’s considerably cheaper.
Benefits of Staying Close to Home
In addition to saving on gas, hotels, restaurants, and other travel costs, there are many other benefits to vacationing at home. You can discover new things to do within your 1st Lake apartment community and get to know your neighbors. And best of all: you can explore the vibrant New Orleans-metro area.
If the whole point of a vacation is to kick back and relax, who needs the added stress of airports, rental cars, jet lag, and high travel costs anyway? There’s so much to do locally. You can fill your days reconnecting with friends; you can catch up on sleep, start a new exercise routine, or take advantage of the many amenities your apartment community has to offer.
Here are a few other staycation activities:
- Try out a new restaurant (check out COOLinary New Orleans )
- Take a cruise on the Steamboat Natchez
- Visit the New Orleans Museum of Art or stroll through the Arts District
- Go hear some great music at One Eyed Jacks, Maple Leaf Bar, etc.
- Organize your apartment
- Visit a local bookstore (Barnes & Noble, Borders, Garden District Book Shop)
- Spend a day in the French Quarter
- Check out the Southern Decadence festival
- Catch a flick at a nearby theater
Or, of course, you can spend each day in your pajamas and do nothing at all. Regardless of what you choose to do, a staycation is the best way to save money, relax, and discover something new at home.