Summer is basically here, and that means it's time to plan some vacations.

Sure you could start thinking about where you want to travel, but sometimes that's just not realistic. When it comes to work, time, money, sometimes a vacation just isn't something you can pull off. That's why STAYCATIONS are the best!

Never heard of a staycation? Well ...

A staycation is a vacation spent in one's home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.

How fun is that? You can have fun in your own town, and finally see / do all those local things you've always wanted to do.

Lucky for Rockford, we aren't too far from one of the top rated cities for staycations in the US. WalletHub just released a list of the top state's for staycations. Here's the top 10 -

Credit WalletHub
Credit WalletHub

Go Chicago! Another Illinois city also made the list. Aurora Illinois ranked at 124 on the list. If you're more of a Wisconsin vacationer, they made the list too. Madison, WI. ranked at 17 and Milwaukee, WI. came in at 50. So if you're not much of a Chicago person, you can spend some time in Wisconsin.

So how did they determine this list? WalletHub details -

To determine the best places for a fun-filled yet wallet-friendly staycation, WalletHub compared more than 180 cities across 46 key metrics. Our data set ranges from parks per capita to restaurant-meal costs to the share of residents who are vaccinated.

So if you're in the mood for a vacation, but don't have much time or extra cash, don't forget that staycations are a great option.

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