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This Labor Day weekend, try a staycation

Senior Wellness | Aug 22, 2016

With Labor Day weekend quickly approaching, now is the time to start making plans for that three-day weekend, assuming you're still working and have that day off.

But even if you're retired, Labor Day weekend represents the time of the year where summer unofficially comes to an end. After the first weekend in September, the grandchildren are back in school and the weather starts to get a bit cooler, which could feel welcomed after a hot summer.

Labor Day weekend is also one of the busiest travel times throughout the year, and this can prove to be quite the hassle at the airport or on the road.

If you don't feel like navigating large crowds or having to wait through long security lines, consider a staycation this Labor Day weekend. Not only will you still have a good time, but it's also a budget-friendly option.

"Consider a staycation this Labor Day weekend."

What is a staycation?

Instead of traveling to another city or state hundreds of miles away, a staycation is where you remain closer to home. It's still a vacation, only that you'll be able to sleep in your bed every night. But you don't have to be confined to your home. Staycations can also entail a short drive to a nearby town or attraction.

What should I do over Labor Day?

Labor Day was originally started to celebrate the labor movements in the U.S. over 100 years ago. As such, the three-day weekend is one full of relaxation. It's entirely up to you to decide how to spend it, and as U.S. News & World Report pointed out, staycations during this time are generally cheaper.

Assuming there is no inclement weather, the temperature should still be warm enough to have friends and family over for a cookout. Ask everyone who plans on coming by to bring a either an entree or dessert so you can essentially have a Labor Day potluck. And since a majority of individuals are off Monday, Sept. 3, you can even host the barbeque on that Sunday.

But if you live further away from your family, you can still have a fun and relaxing staycation. To prevent yourself from falling into a routine similar to the one on a regular weekend, consider exploring your city or town.

Book a reservation at a restaurant you and your loved one have always been wanting to try, walk around the downtown area, or as CBS Chicago recommended, consider going to a spa. Labor Day is the perfect opportunity to treat yourself and splurge a bit.

Other areas may have Labor Day specific events, such as parades or community events. But if you want a peaceful weekend, a stroll through the park won't hurt.

The three day weekend can even be used as the time to tidy up the home and start preparing for fall. If there have been some repairs or small renovations you've been wanting to complete, the staycation is the perfect opportunity to mark them off your checklist.

"You may find a staycation as the more financially responsible choice."

Why a staycation works

A Labor Day staycation is beneficial for many reasons. First, you're able to avoid the hassle of booking airfare or planning out a route for a long drive on the interstate.

But most of all, it's an affordable option. Hotels, food, amenities and travel costs all add up. With major holidays such as Thanksgiving arriving sooner than you think following Labor Day, you may find a staycation as the more financially responsible choice.

Labor Day weekend is a popular time for travelers, but if you're looking for a more relaxing and cheaper way to end the summer, consider a staycation.