Happy almost Memorial Day to my US-based friends! Do you have fun weekend plans? A family or neighborhood potluck? Or maybe a camping trip?
Or maybe you are like me and rolled up on this weekend without making any plans whatsoever?
Do not fear, here are some cheap and fun things to do over the next three days!
Take a Staycation
Homebodies rejoice!! Use your three day weekend to say home and veg. Have a movie marathon and eat pizza on the living room floor. Have a bonfire in your backyard and roast marshmallows. Then sleep under the stars.
If you are feeling a bit more ambitious KonMari your pantry or garage. Repaint your bathroom or plant a garden.
Learn something new
This may not be the cool thing to say but these three days are the perfect time to learn something new (or at least start the journey) or polish an existing skill. Check out Udemy, Open Culture, and Coursera for cheap and free classes. LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) and The Great Courses offer subscription-based classes.
Pro-tip: Many libraries offer free access to LinkedIn Learning as part of their services when you have a library card. So get thee to the library!
Be a tourist in your own town.
I think I originally got this idea from Gretchen Rubin and I am shocked at how much it can change the perspective on your community, no matter the size. Check out that new store or restaurant. Bonus points for going to a community event that you have never checked to before.
Take a road trip.
There is probably a little known state, national park or a strange roadside attraction of some kind within reasonable driving distance of where you live. Pack a picnic lunch and grab your overnight bag and check it out.
Over the years Jesse and I have checked out The House on the Rock (It is really something special and if you are in the neighborhood you should check it out) and Effigy Mounds National Monument (and it is now one of my favorite places) and took a family trip to Niagara Cave.
Not sure where to go? Use the Google to find your state’s parks (chances are there are a bunch you have not heard of) or head to the National Park Service site to search by state. If you are looking for something a bit more on the strange side Roadside American and Atlas Obscura may be able to help.