Summer traveling is a fun activity to take on, but it is not always realistic since it typically costs a great deal of money. If you are looking for a way to spend time with family and friends but save some money in the process, a “stay-cation” may be a better option for you! Below, are a handful of ideas you may want to try this summer, in place of a big getaway.
- Have a beach picnic: A beach picnic can be the perfect way to relax while enjoying your favorite summer snacks. Pack a basket full of summer treats or your favorite easy dinner and head to your favorite beach or lake spot.
- Have a “renovation vacation”: Instead of spending a bunch of money on a big trip, consider instead using it for renovation purposes. Is there a particular space in your home you have been wanting to remodel? Now is your chance!
- Have a progressive dinner: Instead of dining out at just one restaurant, consider splitting your meal into courses and purchasing one course per restaurant. This way, you can test out a variety of food types all in one meal.
- Visit a new nearby attraction: After a quick Google search of nearby attractions, choose a spot you have never visited (a zoo, museum, etc.) and make a day trip of visiting it. You never know when you could come across a hidden gem right in your own city!
- Have a theme night at your home: Hosting a theme night is another great way to get family and friends involved in the fun. Choose a fun theme (be creative!) and ask participants to dress, eat and participate in activities surrounding that theme. You could even decorate your home to match your theme.
- Camp in your backyard: If you are not able to coordinate a true camping trip this summer, bring the fun to your backyard! Set up a few tents, buy fixings for microwave s’mores, and enjoy a night of peace, quiet and stargazing.
- Host a painting night: Crafting is a great indoor activity, especially if the weather is not cooperating. Pick up some canvases and painting supplies and let your creative juices flow. Make the night “travel-themed” by asking everyone to paint their favorite or most-desirable destination.
- Have a “no-housework” weekend: Sometimes the best vacation is simply unplugging from reality and putting your to-do lists on hold for a few days.