Each week this summer, I will feature a Guest Post about frugal ways to spend some family time together this summer and to keep kids busy while on school break.
This week’s post is by Trisha from 24/7 Moms. This is Part 1. Come back next week for Part 2 of her post.
Last summer the vacation buzz word became “Staycations” probably due to sky-rocketed gasoline prices. We were all trying to figure out how to vacation with out all those traveling expenses. Today our economy is still affecting our travel plans and once again this summer many of us are planning Staycations, Daycations or Backyardcations. It’s a way to still “vacation” yet not break the pocket book.
There are TWO types of Staycations:
1. Daycations – When we take day trips to local tourist attractions and events.
2. Backyardcations – When we physically stay home and do FUN things right in our own backyards and homes as a family.
Steps to planning fun filled Staycations:
1. Gather and List: The first thing to do is make a list of the LOCAL places you can visit. Gather local activities ideas and events, check out local tourist books from the library, collect magazine articles, search the Internet, stop by your local chamber of commerce and pick up visitors guides. Don’t forget to ask your children and husband thoughts and ideas for their Staycation. (I.E.- places to see, activities to do, etc.)
2. Make a Plan: Now take a empty calendar for June/July and August and begin filling in (don’t for get to look and see what else you have already on your calendars). Write in all the events and things you want to attend. Remember you are in control of your calendar. Summer should be relaxing and fun. Not stressful.
3. Take Action: Now you have come up with the ideas, you have scheduled them in its time to take action on them-
Make your reservations
Buy tickets if needed
Make a shopping list for items needed
Plan a time to shop
4. ENJOY: We are making family memories to last a life time…. Sit back and enjoy your planned summer and remember summer is time for a break…unhurried schedules…time to relax and enjoy watching your children, play for those endless hours.
Visit local Parks. How about a picnic or a scavenger hunt while you are there.
Zoo, Aquarium or local Farms
Putt Putt Golf
Imax or outdoor movie or drive in www.driveinmovie.com
Bicycling, Ice Skating, roller skating or roller blading
Plan a day hike
Explore The CITY – which ever large city is near you
Children’s Museum and/or Museums
Visit state parks – Find a state park (here’s a list of all U.S. state parks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._state_parks) with a lake and beach.
Swimming at local indoor or outdoor pool
Beach -check on low tide day
Letterboxing – Try letterboxing http://www.letterboxing.org/. If you’ve got a rubber stamp and a sense of adventure, follow clues to a secret treasure box, and leave your mark
Farmers Markets, swap meets or garage sales
Fishing Attend Baseball games – minor leagues www.minorleaguebaseball.com.
Do you have a favorite Daycation Idea? Share with us!
~~Trisha is the founder of 24/7 MOMS which host a Weekly LIve web show each Tuesday night 7pm PSt / 10pm ESt at www.247moms.com join her as she and her co-host chat it up each week with YOU along with giveaways, great tips and so much more.
Check back next week for Part 2 and a list of great Backyardcations ideas.