How to Have a Killer Staycation with Live and Love MN

At Home, Wanderlust

As I’ve said before (and will, of course, say again), you do not need to travel all the time or live a nomadic lifestyle to have a life of adventure. If you want to do that, more power to you, but it’s just not possible for everybody, and that’s okay!

Occasionally, you hit a travel lull. No worries, this just means you get to explore the place you live in!

For Dustin and I, we’ve been able to explore our own cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, in the beautiful winter season that they’re known for. I moved away for a couple of years, so seeing it through new eyes is really fun for me. We’ve had so much fun at home, so I’m going to share my top tips for a staycation, no matter where you live.

I hope these tips help you feel that adventurous spirit, even when you can’t travel.

Staycation ideas for those times when you just can't travel

Re-Try Something You Thought You Knew

Okay, there is this restaurant in my hometown that I went to once in my youth, and I had a perfectly fine breakfast, and then I did not go back. Then, years later, when I was visiting Dustin (who, as it happened, lived in my small hometown when I was living in New York), he suggested that we visit said restaurant. I thought he was crazy, but agreed.

And then, bing bang boom, I realized what I’d been missing out on. My tastebuds had developed enough to try the spicy-sweet duck nachos! Amazing! I washed it down with a delicious mojito, for which this place is known, which I could not have legally consumed when I was young. A whole new world was opened up to me and San Pedro is now one of our favorite places to go.

Try giving a second chance to a place that you were once “meh” about–untold riches may await!

…or at least a good mojito

Check Social Media

The internet is wise, and the groupthink that is social media can direct you to amazing places that are right under your nose. Often, I look up a place I’m traveling to on Instagram a few days before I leave, just to double check whether there are any cool spots or pop-up events that I can’t miss. There’s no reason you can’t apply the same logic to your own town or the nearest city. For instance, Instagram has lead me to darling donuts and luscious lattes in my very own city.

Start by looking up your city on your favorite social media platform, and allow it to lead you down a rabbit hole of hashtags. For instance, I just did this and started with #Minneapolis and then got to #MNLove, which led to #OnlyInMN, a hashtag that brought me an awesome-looking cheeseburger that I now have to try. Classic Instagram food pics.

Turn Off The TV

I am amazed by the amount of time that human beings are capable of spending in front of the television (myself included). But equally amazing is how much of your life you lose just by sitting down in front of “can’t-miss” shows all the time, only to zone out and come-to with an empty bag of pita chips in your lap, 45 minutes after you wanted to go to bed.

I have been making a conscious effort to turn off the TV lately, and it’s so liberating: there’s so much more time for activities! I can actually read that magazine! I’ve been reading books again! I can talk to my boyfriend about his day without getting half-distracted wondering which house the couple on House Hunters is going to pick!

Staycation tips for times when you can't travel

Snuggle with your dog! Mug: Live and Love MN

I know it might not be what you want to hear, but turning off your TV and other electronic distractions can make you feel like you’re on vacation in your very own home.

Think of An Experience You Want to Try

I’ve written previously about why my bucket list is (mostly) built around experiences, not places. Well, this is the main reason for it: You can tick things off your bucket list from absolutely anywhere, even your hometown.

Even if you don’t have a “bucket list” per say (want one? let me help you), you can still think of activities you want to try, and do some research to see where you can do them near you. For instance, we absolutely love drinking making cocktails, so I did some research and found out that a local distillery, Norseman, does “cocktail laboratories,” a mixology class where you learn to make 3 cocktails. We had an absolute blast learning to mix our own drinks, and we got to visit a cool local cocktail room that we’ll definitely return to.

A simple Google search will help you find similar experiences in your area.

Shirt: Live and Love MN | Coat: Ted Baker | Jeans: Madewell | Purse: Kate Spade | Boots: Toms

I hope these tips have helped you come up with some ideas for your own killer staycation. Now, get out there and put them into action! Let me know in the comments: Have you ever had a killer staycation? Tell me what you did and where you went! 

-Darcy

This post is sponsored by Live and Love MN. Thanks to them for the products they shared with me and most of all, for supporting my blog! 

Staycation ideas for those times when you just can't travel

Shirt: Live and Love MN | Coat: Ted Baker | Jeans: Madewell | Purse: Kate Spade | Boots: Toms

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  • duemidwest

    Good tips! I do need to get away from watching TV or looking at my phone more. Good idea for searching local hashtags as well! Excited to see what I can discover 🙂

  • I love this post! I have lived in the Twin Cities all of my life and I feel like I am truly discovering it now!

  • Jennifer Paphatsalang

    Yes!! All about staycations. My boyfriend and I love doing the touristy things in the city from time to time. Going to the Foshay deck, Mall of America, or traveling a few hours to Duluth!

  • Holly Hulke

    Such great suggestions! I think adventuring nearby home often gets forgotten! We got a great book for our wedding about local trails. Looking forward to some day adventures this summer and we’ll keep these tips in mind!