With the economy the way it is right now, more and more people are looking for ways to cut cost and save money on almost everything. And let’s face it, family vacations are expensive. What with gas prices, motel, food, and entertainment costs, a family vacation will certainly take a big bite out of your budget, and for some, the cost of a vacation may just be out of the question. So, why not consider a stay at home vacation? With a little planning and imagination you can have an unforgettable and relaxing vacation that fits into every budget.
Here are a few suggestions to make your stay at home vacation inexpensive, interesting, and fun!
Make advance preparations: Just as you would for any vacation a stay at home vacation needs to be planned in advance. To have work and hassle during the vacation plan simple continental style breakfast. An hour of shopping for toaster waffles, fresh fruit, cereal, rolls and other quick and easy breakfast items as well as paper plates and plastic silverware and glasses will allow everyone to have a relaxing start to each day. Making sure there is enough clean laundry to last the length of the vacation will also make things more easier and vacation like.
Plan a few day trips: It simply wouldn’t be a real vacation without seeing new sites and there are probably many interesting places to go within easy driving distance of your home. Almost every area has museums, parks, festivals, forts, zoos, petting zoos, beaches and the like that your family has not visited or would like to visit again. Pick out a few that sound interesting and plan them into your schedule. You can also look for craft shows and free concerts that may be going on near your planned vacation time. You can check with the chamber of commerce in towns close to yours to find out about any special events.
Turn you backyard into an amusement park for a day: You don’t need fancy rides to do this. You can have frisbee throwing contests, water fights, fly a kite, or have a leisurely game of croquet. Invite your friends and neighbors in for a back yard cook out and have them join you and your kids for sack or wheelbarrow races. Top it all off by enjoying homemade ice cream cones on the deck or in the backyard.
Do something different in a familiar place: If your beach has sand dunes, why not bring along a flying saucer and soar down the dunes. Perhaps, you could bring along glue and cardboard and make sand art pictures out of bird feathers, sea shells and other things you find on the beach. Feed the birds at a local park.
Don’t forget to spend some time doing simple things: Spend an hour lying on the grass looking at the shapes in the clouds. Catch some fireflies in a jar. Camp out in the back yard. Gaze at the stars, or simply dig out the old board games and have a game night.
With so much to do and see right in your own area, you can have a relaxing, interesting and fun vacation without overextending your budget. And chances are you will be building memories for your children that will last a lifetime.