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Staycation Ideas: Good for your wallet & the environment

I've been hearing the word "staycation" thrown around a lot lately.  For those unfamiliar with the term, it means to use your vacation time to just stay around town. A local vacation can be a great way to save money and help the environment.  I think the trend primarily started due to the economy and people trying to enjoy their time off while on a budget, but after reading Michelle's Green Summer Outings post, it made me think of how taking a "staycation" is actually a very eco-friendly thing to do!

Sure, it's nice to travel and explore new places. But there are so many things you can do and explore close to home. The best thing for the environment about a staycation is that you won't have to use up gas on long car trips.  You won't have to stay at a hotel, which can be very wasteful with the little shampoo bottles and whatnot.  You can stay at home, take public transportation to different places or drive shorter distances, or take the time to go biking or walking in your neighborhood which you may not otherwise do.

Some ideas of some eco-friendly things to do on your staycation?

- Check out local farmers markets. This is something I enjoy doing, but I don't get to do as often as I like.  The closest farmer's markets to me run on weekdays, so a staycation would be a perfect time to visit them!

- Go fruit picking. Support your local farmers and leave wtih fresh and local produce!

- Try new restaurants that use local ingredients. More and more of these places are popping up, so find out what's near you and try them out!

- Bike or hike! Enjoy nature!

- Visit the beach. Like Michelle's post mentioned, bring your own snacks and stuff to reduce the amount you need to buy (and probably create waste from!).

- Spend time outside. Turn off that AC!  And it's it's really hot and muggy out, spend time by the water to get that ocean breeze.

- Work on your garden. While working, it's hard to get as much gardening done as I like.  But with some time off, it's much easier to leisurely garden.

- Wander your city. I grew up outside of NYC, but I've never been to the top of the Empire State Building.  I spend 6 years living outside of San Francisco, but I never visited Alcatraz.  I've been living in Boston for over 5 years, and I've never walked the Freedom Trail.  These things have practically been in my backyard!  Enjoy the attractions in your own city.

- Wine and beer tasting. Visit local wineries and breweries to taste their offerings.  If you're in Massachusetts, we love Russell Orchards for their local wines and ciders.  They also have fruit picking.

- Visit a wildlife sanctuary. Find one through the National Audobon Society.