As much fun as a traditional vacation can be, it is not always an option for many families. An alternative to an extravagant trip can be a summer staycation, where instead of spending a large amount of money on a vacation, you spend your days off just relaxing and enjoying your home and town. This can be a great way to save some money and reconnect with yourself and your family. Here are some ideas to make the most of a staycation this summer.
Have a movie marathon. Have each family member pick out their favorite movie, or go rent a few, and watch them in your own living room. Don’t forget the popcorn and snacks!
Camp out in the backyard. Pitch a tent, unroll the sleeping bags and spend the night in your own backyard. Make your backyard camping experience more authentic by stargazing when the sun goes down and making s’mores!
Visit a local museum. Is there a nearby museum you’ve been wanting to check out? A staycation is a great opportunity to be a tourist in your own town. If you’re looking to stay within a budget, research the museum before your visit as most have days where admission is free or heavily discounted.
Host a themed dinner. Bring a new culture into your home by cooking a themed dinner. Pick a country and research recipes for traditional meals served in that country.
Go to the pool or the beach. If you aren’t taking a tropical vacation this summer or don’t have access to a pool in your backyard, head to your local pool or beach. Pack your beach necessities and spend the day relaxing and soaking up the sun.
Get your fitness on. Sure you could head to your usual gym, but why leave the house? The possibilities for fitness routines, unique workouts or yoga poses are endless on YouTube. This is a great way to try something new in the comfort of your own home.
Check out your local library. An easy and fun trip for your staycation is to head to your library. Treat yourself to a new book you can read when you head to the pool or beach. Many libraries have summer reading programs for kids of all ages to participate in.
A summer staycation doesn’t have to be boring. With these ideas, you can enjoy your time at home by planning a week of fun activities to keep you and your family busy!