We spent so much of our lives daydreaming to be somewhere else that sometimes we lose sight of how amazing our surrounds actually are! Of course it’s nice to venture overseas, but sometimes it’s equally as nice to take a moment to smell the roses.

Here are 10 tips to help you get the most out of your staycation:

1. Plan ahead

Not having a clear idea of what you’re actually going to do on the day is the death knell of any staycation. So do some research and figure out some interesting activities to try in your city. A little bit of planning ahead can go a long way.

2. Find timely events

Is there a festival you’ve always wanted to go to but never managed to find the time? Well, a staycation is the perfect opportunity to try this. Staycations are pretty much designed for this sort of experience, so enjoy!

3. Don’t go it alone

A staycation is also a great opportunity to catch up with some old friends (or even make new ones) so make sure you invite some other people along.

4. Set a budget

Even though you’re not really travelling anywhere, it makes sense to set a weekly budget to make sure you’re not spending too much. Or if that seems like a bit too much, even just set out a basic daily limit. Also, take advantage of free regular events in your own city.

5. Check the weather before you head out

There’s nothing worse than getting rained on without an umbrella. Check the forecasts and make sure the weather suits your staycation.

6. Say yes as much as you can

We spend so much of our lives saying no, but when you’re on a staycation this is your opportunity to say yes as much as possible. Be spontaneous and fun!

7. Ice cream and junk food

Well you are on vacation after all! This is a great opportunity to take advantage of those foods you avoid on a weekly basis, even if your belt ends up fitting to a different notch.

8. Mix up your routine

Sleep in, stay out late and throw your routine out the window. Enjoy your city for what it is and make sure you take advantage of everything.

9. Be silly

Don’t take yourself too seriously when you’re on a staycation and make sure you spend plenty of time enjoying the company of those that are nearest and dearest.

10. Reward yourself

While you’re technically not travelling everywhere, staycations still require a lot of work, so make sure you reward yourself with a glass of wine.

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This article first appeared on Over60.