Taking a vacation during the summer is nice, but it’s also a costly proposition. When that isn’t in your budget, have some fun at home with a “staycation”. The idea is to play local tourist and do some fun activities in the area or city you live in. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much fun it can be and how much your area has to offer. Best of all you get to come home and sleep in your own bed at the end of the day.
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Find The Water
When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing better than dipping into a cool pool or lake, or going for a swim in the ocean. Take a look at what options you have in your area. Go explore local lakes, rivers, and creeks that you can swim or wade in. If you’re living close enough to the beach, take a daytrip to go swimming.
Finding local pools is another great option. Many cities have public pools that are surprisingly fun and under used. Of course neighborhood pools are another fun option. If you don’t have one yourself, meet up with a friend who’s lucky enough to live in a neighborhood with a pool.
And don’t forget about having fun with water at home. Get a kiddie pool, water toys, or turn on the sprinklers and cool off. You don’t have to travel far to enjoy a staycation and build memories.
Dive Into History
How much do you know about the local history in your area? Make it a point to read up on it this summer and explore local historic places and museums. It’s fun for adults, but also a great educational experience for the kids. Encourage them to read up, explore, and maybe even create a project around your town’s history.
Many cities and areas with a rich history offer various different tours that you may not be aware of. It’s worth contacting your local tourist office to find out what you’ve been missing. If you can’t find anything in your town, expand your search and go on a few day trips.
Peek At The Calendar Of Events
Take a look at your local calendar of events. You’ll be surprised how much communities do during the summer months. There are often classes, concerts, movie showings, and even festivals you may not be aware of.
Between events your city or county puts on and various other events hosted by cultural centers, museums, and churches for example, you’ll be sure to find quite a few things you may want to attend this summer.
Some think you have to plan a big vacation to see new things but if you take the time to plan a staycation you can experience some great local activities that you would have otherwise missed.
Fun In The BackYard
We already talked about water fun in the backyard. Don’t stop there. There’s all sorts of fun stuff you can do right at home from dining al fresco to roasting marshmallows over the fire pit and even sleeping under the stars. Treat your home like a vacation spot, get everyone outside and have some fun.
My family enjoys playing yard games. There is something fun about oversized games that we are use to playing inside. Our kids love being able to go outside and these games let us add some variety into our outdoor activities. A few of our favorite are jinga, yatzee and cornhole.
Explore A New Culture
Just because you’re staying home this summer doesn’t mean you can’t dive into a new culture. It’s one of the biggest benefits of traveling abroad, but with a little effort and imagination you can experience some of it right at home.
Pick a country or culture and dive in. Taste the food, listen to music, watch movies, and read the books. Maybe even learn a little of the language and do it all as a family so you can interact and explore together.
By simply putting as much planning and effort into a staycation as you would any regular family vacation, you can have an amazing experience this summer that will cost a fraction of a regular trip.
One thing I love doing during the summer is going through our family bucket list and seeing what we can check off. Do you or your family have a bucket list? Do you try new things over the summer? Check out my blog post on bucket list and let me know what is on yours.