There may be no better time to explore the world around you. And we mean right around you. Here are a few tips every traveler can take to experience their home city like a tourist.

Actually take time off for a staycation

It may seem strange to use vacation days when you aren’t leaving town, but it’s a must if you want to truly enjoy your staycation. Extend your weekend by taking off a Friday or Monday, or get wild and use some PTO in the middle of the week for a close-to-home reset. Not only will this make your staycation much more meaningful, but you also totally deserve it.

Actually take time off for a staycation

Book a hotel or home rental

Again, it might also seem counterintuitive to book a hotel 10 minutes away from your house, but it should be your first step after deciding on your “travel” dates. Staycations don’t have to consist of lounging around home in your pajamas—instead, you should try to experience your city as an out-of-town tourist would. And, a tourist would book a hotel or home rental, right? Changing your surroundings, even if those surroundings are just a quick drive away, will help you get in the right mindset and escape the normal, even for a few days.

Plan some excursions

Does your city have a great art museum that you’ve always wanted to visit? How about a beautiful park just begging for a leisurely stroll? Your staycation is the perfect time to finally check those items off your ufabet list. Create an itinerary as you would for any vacation by looking up the must-see spots, restaurants, and hikes.

Dine at a new restaurant every day

Come mealtimes, skip the room service and venture out to some of those restaurants you’ve been dying to try but never seem to have the time to visit. Find