Make the most of your staycation: five ways to escape close to home

Want to vacation this summer but lack the funds to take your dream trip? Don’t worry, family fun on a budget doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, with a little creativity, you can make lasting memories by staying close to home.

Here are a few tips for creating a super enjoyable—and wallet-friendly—staycation:

1. Go camping on your lawn
Camping doesn’t necessarily have to involve a trip to the mountains. Forgo the long drive (and save on gas) by setting up tents on your own lawn. You can still roast marshmallows, tell ghost stories, and do most of the same fun outdoor activities. Plus, camping at home is a great way to introduce the little ones to the real thing.

2. Host the Backyard Olympics
For parents, vacations always involve finding entertaining activities for the kids without spending too much money. Fortunately, when you vacation at home, you can easily keep your children engaged by turning ordinary games into a special event.

…Cue the Backyard Olympics! Your family can team up and square off in various competitions such as the Water Balloon Toss, Lawn Dart Challenge, Synchronized Wading (in the kiddy pool), and whatever else your imagination can think up!

3. Unplug—literally
To fully escape on your staycation, you should try taking a break from technology and media. If this is especially hard to do at home, close your laptop, put your phone in the drawer and unplug the TV. You might be surprised at how relaxed you feel after a few days. (And if you do a lot of online shopping, this might be a big money-saver too.)

4. Find the free
If your vacations typically include trips to zoos, amusement parks, or museums, you can still enjoy these things as part of your staycation. Many local attractions have free or discounted days or hours. Want to treat everyone to a movie? Attend a matinee or find a family-friendly morning showing where infants typically get in for free.

5. Stay at a local hotel or apartment rental
If you can afford it, staying at a local hotel or taking advantage of a vacation rental is a nice way to get away without going very far. Plus, you avoid transportation costs and, if you find a place with a kitchen, can save on meals by cooking at your home away from home.


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