The summer months are very popular travel months for families. Children are out of school and parents are looking to take advantage the weather and their paid time off! Unfortunately for some families, despite how much they’d like to travel or visit a new location, it may not be feasible due to scheduling conflicts or cost. But that doesn’t mean that families still can’t take advantage of time off! Staycations are a great way for families to spend time together and still enjoy fun adventures that fit their schedules or budgets. Staying home may not sound like the most exciting vacation, but there are many benefits to a summer staycation:
- You save money – most of the time a lot of money
- You get the opportunity to learn more about your area
- There’s no packing and unpacking
- The money you spend stays local, which helps support the local economy
As tempting as it may be to tackle the to do list since you are staying home, a staycation is not the time to do chores, run errands or finish projects that you’ve put off. Staycations can be a fun and unique time to bond as a family, so use these little day trips to your advantage. Take the time to plan what you’ll be doing on your staycation so you aren’t sitting around staring at each other instead of having fun!
Here are some great summer staycation ideas for families:
- Explore the parks and trails in your area. Make the experience educational and try to learn something new about nature and what’s available in your area that may not be elsewhere.
- Camp out! Pitch a tent right in your backyard and enjoy a night of camp with the whole family. This is a great opportunity to also stargaze if you camp out on a clear enough night.
- Visit your local museums and historical societies. They can be found just about anywhere. You might be surprised at how many times you say “Hey, I didn’t know that!” when it comes to your local area.
- Host a cookout. Invite family, friends and neighbors who will be in the area and enjoy a summer day together enjoying all the usual cookout activities. As a family, plan the menu and activities that you will have during your cookout!
- Professional sporting events are fun but can be very expensive, especially if you have a large family. Try a semi-pro team or even a local high school game. And remember –there’s nothing like the view from the inexpensive seats!
- Have fun in the water. You may not have your own or a local pool. If it’s in the budget, head over to the nearest water park or if you are within traveling distance, spend a day at the beach!
- Splurge on an activity. Since you aren’t spending money towards travel and hotel expenses, splurge on an activity you normally wouldn’t. Go out to a restaurant the whole family has been meaning to try, or visit a one an amusement park or sporting event.
- Make a time capsule. Throughout your staycation, have each family member keep or create something that will help them remember their favorite part of the day. One the last day of your staycation, make a time capsule and put all the family’s souvenirs in it to look back on in the future and remember all the fun you had!