Schools are closing, the weather is getting better, and it's time for summer vacation fun. If you don't have enough money to plan a vacation trip, how about planning for some staycation fun?
What is a staycation?
A staycation is when you choose to stay home for vacations instead of going away for trips. With the current economic hurdles, many people are preferring to spend their vacation at home and save money. If this is your plan, it's ok and should not limit fun time with the family.
Staycations can be a lot of fun. It means more time to bond with family and friends. There are also a lot of things you can do at home to have fun during your vacation time without breaking the bank. Here are a few suggestions.
There is so much focus on faraway places that people tend to ignore all of the wonderful places around them.
Many people are not aware of the fun and interesting places in their cities such as museums, zoos, amusement parks, gardens and even theaters they can explore. These place usually cost little or nothing to visit.
Do you know all the fun things and places you can enjoy in your own town on a budget? It may be a good idea to research your own tourist spots this summer during your staycation and see what they have to offer. It is also a good idea to join a local group such as a mom group on Facebook. These groups usually provide a lot of local resources to have fun year round.
After months of bad weather indoors, it's a good idea to get out and enjoy nature during summer. You may not be able to go away for your vacation, but that doesn't mean you have to stay indoors throughout.
Instead, make a point of going out in nature and enjoying different outdoor activities. You can go running in the park, enjoy some swimming at a nearby pool or water park, visit the local ice rink, and play tennis or any other sport with friends.
Spending time outdoors enjoying various activities will get your body in shape and give you a chance to work on your tan as you absorb the fantastic sun rays. It's great for your health too!
Most cities take advantage of summer to host lots of festivals and shows outdoors. Many of these festivals are free or cost very little.
You can spice things up during your summer staycation by visiting some of the festivals on offer in your city. Many festivals offer a fun new experience and are family friendly. They are mostly outdoors with lots of activities, so you can be sure the kids will enjoy it. Look for resident summer specials or family discounts to find great festivals you did not even know existed.
You are probably not the only person choosing to have a staycation, some of your friends may still be around. So why don't you call up your friends and spend some quality time with them?
Summer is a great time to catch up with friends and share a meal or a cup of coffee together. You can also enjoy lots of activities together that will not cost a lot of money.
Organize sleepovers and watch movies together or just chat. Let your families mingle and create a strong bond of friendship. A great time spent with friends is like a balm for the soul!
In honor of the spa treatments you could have on trips away, why don't you do some home treatments instead. There are lots of home spa treatment ideas you can try to relax and rejuvenate your body and mind.
Home spa sessions are a great way to restore our bodies and relax the mind. They also translate to less expense entries in your expense account.
Take luxurious baths soaking in beneficial bath salts, apply face masks, do manicures and pedicures, and anything else that rejuvenates your body. The cold months are hard on your skin, hair, and nails. It's a great idea to pamper yourself in the comfort of your home.
You can also use some of your summer vacation time to invest in knowledge. Take up a short course that will improve your qualifications at work or make you knowledgeable in something you want to learn.
New learnings are never a bad idea. Investing in education is a prudent way to spend your staycation that will make you a better person. It can be a fun activity that you have always wanted to learn like pottery or painting. Find a local class that will give you the experience without breaking the bank. Search and sign up for a course today!
These are a few suggestions for summer staycation activities you might enjoy. There is a lot more you can do if you only broaden your imagination. Whatever you do, please don't stay gloomy indoors. It's never a wise idea to waste a great summer!