One idea for a short vacation trip is a "staycation," where a vacationer stays at a nice hotel or a bed and breakfast within a short drive of his home. Some other ideas include short cruises, camping trips or short road trips.
There are no hard and fast rules for staycations, Google collected statistics in 2015 that indicate that hotel searches were most commonly for the city the searcher was already in, or for a city that was within driving distance. Generally there is a resort, luxury hotel or other accommodation appropriate for a vacation within a drive of less than a day. A popular activity while on a staycation is to finally get around to seeing local and regional attractions that the vacationers have been putting off getting to. Some ideas include visiting historical sites, museums, parks or beaches. Another idea is attending a local sporting event, especially those of minor league teams who might normally be overlooked. Staycations are also a good opportunity to try out new restaurants, bars or other forms of nightlife.
It is possible to book short cruises of only two or three nights. Cruises of this nature that have no particular ports of call will cease to be offered as of 2016, however.