Between traffic, missed reservations and expensive hotel rooms and amenities, sometimes your dream vacation can end up being rather stressful. In fact, if relaxation is your top priority, opting for a staycation may be the perfect way to spend your freetime this summer. So settle in, enjoy your time away from work without hassle, and use these tips to get the most out of your staycation with your smartphone.
Sightsee around town
As WiserAdvisor pointed out, there is plenty to explore right in your own hometown. This includes everything from local landmarks and museums to simply strolling through neighborhood parks. Use your smartphone to research points of interest, and to snap great photos of you and your friends and family. Even if you live in a smaller town, there's likely enough to see that you can make a full day of exploring and sightseeing.
Enjoy nature in suburbia
Once you've returned home from your day of adventure, settle into the backyard and take in some natural beauty. Both the App Store and Google Play have a number of great apps to help you learn more about the wildlife in your backyard. Some can help you identify birds and other critters while others are useful for finding out more about different trees and plants. Your smartphone can even be used to chart stars in the night sky.
Recommended: Be sure to check out our top apps for idenitfying plants, constellations, walking trails and more for more information and app suggestions depending on your smartphone and interest.
Get your smartphone playlists staycation-ready
Download some of the latest music ahead of your staycation so you have the perfect soundtrack for all of your activities. Make sure you have relaxing oldies for a romantic dinner with your significant other, as well as fun dance music for your children or if you invite friends over. Build up your personal library or otherwise stream great tunes to find new tracks or artists.
Recommended: Spotify Music (on iPhone or Android) is a popular music streaming service in which you can play your favorite tunes, create playlists and have custom radios generated based on your mood or even a specific song.
Discover a new restaurant for some local flavor
Your smartphone is an excellent tool for finding a place to grab brunch or enjoy a memorable dinner, even when you're already out and exploring. Not only are there apps for discovering a new restaurant, but many offer user reviews so that you can make the right decision. As Stylecaster pointed out, you may end up at a local hotel for a bite to eat, and even decide to spend the night as part of your staycation. That way you can have a wonderful dinner, sleep in a comfy bed and not worry about the chores waiting for you back home.
Recommended: Yelp (on iPhone or Android) has local businesses (Including your local Wireless Zone) such as resturants, hotels and shops rated by customer satifaction so you'll know if your next cheap eats or fancy dining experience is a recommended by the masses.