If you’re in need of a summer escape but aren’t in a position to venture far, a staycation might be in order. Luckily for some people in the US, certain places that offer plenty of options for entertainment and relaxation at the right price point have been identified, making those cities the ideal spots for staying local.
Personal finance website, Wallethub, compared 182 cities based on 40 criteria, ranging from movie and bowling costs to spas and wellness centres, to find those offering a fun-filled yet wallet-friendly staycation. Naturally, not all of those factors appeal to everyone, so it also broke down the top cities into a number of categories.
The results concluded that Orlando came top of the best cities for staycations, which is no surprise to fans of its theme parks, followed by Honololu and Chicago. The other cities making the top ten were 4. Seattle 5. Portland 6. Tampa 7. Las Vegas 8. San Francisco 9. San Diego and 10. Charleston. Given that 52% of Americans report having unused vacation days last year, the results suggest that residents of these cities should close the laptop and take a trip around their local area.
For advice on making the best of your staycation, WalletHub also asked a panel of experts to share their thoughts on key questions. These included some tips for having a truly relaxing staycation, what activities families can do locally without breaking the bank, and the best time of year to have a staycation?
To view the answers given and see the full report, please visit here.