Labor Day is coming up fast. September 2nd is only a few days away, and the travel forecast is brutal. The International Business Times quotes the AAA, stating that Labor Day weekend is expected to have more Americans traveling on the road than any year since the beginning of the recession in 2008.
Economically, more travel is awesome. According to AAA President and CEO Robert Darbelnet, the increase in travel marks more optimism in the housing market and a growing positive economic outlook. However, with a 4.2 percent increase in travel, some might not want to even try to venture to destinations this year. If you decide to stay at home, here are some suggestions to have an adventure while never leaving your neighborhood.
Go to the beach: If you live near the beach, your Labor Day vacation is only a few blocks away! According to Angela Blunt at SeatGeek, the beach is a great way to squeeze out the last of summer fun. Just a trip to your local beach will make you feel like you’re far away from the daily woes. If you don’t live near a beach, there are other bodies of water you might be close to, such as a lake or river.
Movie marathon: Sometimes, there’s nothing better than just kicking back and having a full-fledged movie marathon weekend. Get your favorite films, pop some popcorn, and sit back on your couch. You’ll soon be whisked away from your regular life and into the lives of your favorite characters. Once the marathon is over, you’ll feel like you’ve been away for a long time. If you need some film suggestions, Blunt offers Beasts of the Southern Wild, Celeste and Jesse Forever, Cosmopolis, and others.
Music marathon: Similar to a movie marathon is a music marathon. Quite a few radio stations have special Labor Day weekend marathons; tune in and revisit your favorite songs. Taking a walk down Memory Lane is just as much of a vacation as an actual one.
Go on a picnic: Picnicking with your family and friends is a simple and breezy way to get away from it all without actually getting away from it all. Take your group to your favorite park, set out the picnic blanket or set up the picnic table, and have fun eating awesome food and sharing fun stories.
Sleep in: Perhaps all you really want to do is just do nothing. Blunt is right in saying that one of the best ways to celebrate Labor Day is to do absolutely no labor. If this option appeals to you, all you’ve got to do is stay in bed or stay on the couch and do absolutely nothing all day. It’s as simple as that.
In what ways will you celebrate Labor Day?