Planning a Frugal Vacation with a Staycation

Summer is upon us and that means it is time to start planning for a vacation. Although you may dream of a vacation in a far away land, planning a staycation is more economical. Plus, it can be fun exploring your own backyard!

Frugal Ideas For A Home Based Vacation

by: Mrs. Not Made of Money

As you make your plans for the summer, you may be faced with the grim reality that an expensive vacation just isn’t in the cards for you and your family this year. Rising fuel costs and the price of air travel make taking a far-reaching vacation very difficult for many people. These problems don’t mean, however, that you and your family can’t enjoy a vacation this summer.

For a week, or even a few days, try to see your own city through the eyes of a tourist. A vacation based out of your home could have all of the perks of a traditional vacation without the inconveniences of renting a car, dealing with an airport, or having to pay extravagant restaurant bills for every meal. You’ll be spending your daytime hours experiencing new parts of your city and still be able to rest your head in your own bed each night. Vacationing doesn’t get much better than that!

You should plan your home-based vacation with the same care that you would plan any other summer vacation. Having a plan will ensure that you don’t end up frittering your vacation time away doing chores or normal, mundane things while you’re supposed to be enjoying yourself. Do a little research ahead of time to determine what your family’s options are and then find activities that will interest everyone. You will more than likely find a ton of things to occupy your time during your vacation.

  • Check out historic landmarks– You probably drive by them all the time as you’re taking care of errands. Now you’ll finally have the time to learn the stories behind these special parts of your town.
  • Spend a day in a museum– Museums can focus on anything from art, specific times in history, or even automobiles. Even if you’ve visited your favorite museum before, you may find that it has changed since your last visit. Museums often have visiting collections displayed on a rotating basis.
  • Amusement Parks– Your kids will enjoy a day spent at your local amusement park, no matter which one it is. Regional amusement parks are often much less expensive than the nationally-known ones. Having a day at the amusement park is always a treat, regardless of where you are. Don’t forget to pack snacks, if you can, to avoid the cost of expensive park food.

If you’re still disillusioned by the idea of spending your vacation in your own city, pay a visit to your city’s tourism website. As a resident of a particular city, it’s very easy to develop a blind eye towards cool and interesting parts of your own city. Your city’s visitor center can help awaken your appreciation for the things that make your city special.

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