The summer of 2008 might be remembered more for where people didn't go than where they did. Rising gas prices and sluggish economies forced many people to give up their originally ambitious vacation plans in lieu of options that weren't so hard on the wallet. Enter the "staycation."
As the YouTube community so often proves, it's all about how creative you can be with the resources available to you. Finding and forging adventures in their own backyards, countless users documented just how much fun can be had close to home. From taking a tour of Japan by way of New York, to building a personal wildlife sanctuary, to hitchhiking across the country, these intrepid domestic travelers teach us that "off the beaten path" just might be a lot closer than we think.