If you live in or near LA and didn’t get a chance to go on a big vacation this year, you may be yearning for a little something to shake up your routine. So how can you get a little adventure in your life without booking a plane ticket?
The answer is to take a “staycation.” Take a few days off work, but don’t travel far. Become a tourist in your own city, and see everything from a new perspective. Try new restaurants or new attractions, and most of all, have some fun! Here is your guide to the ultimate LA staycation:
Book a Local Hotel
If it is within your budget, and you are really looking for some change, book a room in a local hotel for a night or two. Staying at a local hotel can save you major travel costs like airline tickets, while still giving you the luxury feeling of staying somewhere new for a vacation.
Some hotels to consider in and around the LA area include The West Hollywood Edition, Venice V, and The Bungalow. If you simply want a change of scenery, book a room for the night. If your goal with your staycation is true luxury and relaxation, order room service and take in all your chosen hotel has to offer, like a pool or spa.
Try New Restaurants
One of the additional luxuries of going on vacation is not having to cook or spend too much time planning meals. Even if you do eat out or order takeout regularly, you may have fallen into a routine of going to the same restaurants or ordering the same dishes.
Use your staycation to explore new food options in your neighborhood and beyond. Try a different type of cuisine, or even a different type of dish than you would normally order. Luckily, LA is so diverse, that you can try almost any kind of cuisine your heart desires. For Italian, try Felix Trattoria. If you have always wanted to try Thai, check out Anajak Thai Cuisine. If you really want to go all out and treat yourself, try some Japanese at N/naka.
Visit New Attractions
Take some time during your staycation to become a tourist in your own city. Go to attractions that you have always wanted to visit but never had time to, or visit old favorites with fresh eyes. Take a guided tour of an attraction, or visit a new area of an attraction that you haven’t been able to spend much time in.
Some ideas for new, or familiar, attractions to visit for your staycation include the Griffith Observatory, the Santa Monica Pier, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Venice Beach, movie studio tours, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or even Disneyland. Go into the attractions with an open mind and have fun like a tourist seeing it for the first time.
If you already live in LA, you may think that you can’t enjoy your city like a tourist, but the city is so diverse and has so much to do that you can surely plan an amazing staycation. If you find that you need to change things up even more, you may want to check out some Los Angeles homes for sale for a fresh perspective at home. Either way, you will have so much fun on your ultimate LA staycation.