Ahhhh, the summer! Isn’t everything so much better in the summer? People seem happier, the sun puts color in our cheeks, and school is out! Yep, you just have to start your summer by singing ‘School’s Out’ at the top of your lungs – but what do you do after that? People often feel pressured to explore new countries and spend a heck load of money on vacations and trips abroad. However, this can be impossible for families who do not have a lot of money to their name, or the time to go away from their home. Luckily, there are so many places to explore within your own state, and it’s easy to make the most out of your staycation if you know how…
Feel the festive spirit
No, we’re not telling you to get your Christmas tree out of cook a turkey – because there are so many ways to stay festive over the summer months! Most towns and cities will put on events and fairs for their residents and their visitors to help keep the spirit alive within their area. You might have a festival on your doorstep, you might have free musical concerts just down the road, and you might even have a summer fete on the local field. Looking in your newspaper is perhaps the best way to see what’s on in your local area. Make the most of them!
Get some fresh air
Although it can be easy to book a flight and go to a completely new destination to see what they have to offer in terms of culture and sights, this means that we often forget what’s right in front of us. There’s a high chance that your home is surrounded by National Parks or even county parks that are just a few hours away by car. Grab the kids, grab your walking boots, and grab your motivation – because there’s a high chance that you will be blown away by the beauty that is one your doorstep. After all, you don’t need to go to a new country to have an adventure.
Explore the local culture
If you’re not the outdoorsy type, you’re in luck, because there are so many ways to explore the local culture indoors. Your town or city may be teeming with art galleries or museums, and it’s one of the best ways to get associated with the history that has affected those right by you. You never know, you might learn something you never knew before! While many people pass museums off as boring, we stand by the notion that you won’t know until you’ve tried it…
Get your camp on
Sure, beach vacations are great – but couldn’t you just read a book in the sun in your backyard? Choosing to go camping rather than going abroad is one of the best ways to enjoy your staycation. It may be that there’s a campsite just a short drive away in a town or city you have never been to, and it may be the perfect way to explore the neighboring area. You can bond with your kids, you can be ‘at one’ with nature, and you can really connect with the world around you. There’s one rule though… no phones!
If you’re saving a whole load of money on staycationing rather than vacationing, you have a right to splurge on something you want. This may be a trip to the spa with your daughter, this may be a trip to the mall to buy a whole new wardrobe, or it might be that video console you’ve been eyeing up for weeks. Don’t punish yourself for not going away, but find a way to reward yourself for this!
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