Fun and Frugal Tips for a Summer Staycation

Tuesday, July 4, 2017
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Summer holidays when we were kids were the best. The mere fact that it was summer seemed to be enough to make it a great time. But as you get older and the children get older, they expect more from their summer vacations. They want memories and experiences that exceed their expectations. But how do you accomplish that?

These days the fear of a terrorist attack has put a damper on traveling abroad and sometimes even traveling domestically. Staying close to home for summer vacation, no matter the reason, doesn’t have to be a dread. With the right planning, a staycation can be full of fun and new discoveries.

Explore Your City
All the reasons people travel to your city is laid out in the open for you to enjoy the whole summer. It’s all the things you never do until someone comes to visit without all the chit-chat, explanations, and showing people around. Show yourself around instead - go to a museum, grab a coffee and take a long walk exploring new neighborhoods, read a book in the park, try a new-to-you restaurant, get lost and ask people for directions. There's so much to do in your own town.

Have a BBQ
Save your social fun for when friends are back in town - unless you don’t mind an awkward BBQ with the neighbors you never talk to. When I travel abroad, I always miss these things and wish I prioritized it more - it is, after all, difficult to spend quality time with friends when everyone is away during their off-time. Host a few of these during a sunny day at home, and you’ll have a lot of fun memories to look back on. Plus, you get to plan a delicious dinner menu and show off your BBQ skills.

Spend It Together As A Family
You can easily make your children's summer break memorable without spending much on it at all - except for your time, that is. Go on a hike together, plan a bicycle trip, or spend some lazy days by the pool. Buy some fun pool toys, if you’re lucky enough to have one at home. Have a look here to read more: swimming pool construction, maintenance and refurbishing - Neave Pools. Make some cool snacks for the ultimate poolside days, such as fruity juice popsicles and berry smoothies.

Summer is what you make of it, and the best memories will be those you make together regardless of where you are when you make them.

It doesn’t take much to make a few weeks of summer as great as possible, and we have a lot to learn from the children we used to be. Whether it's simple or elaborate, a staycation can be just as fun or ever better than a vacation.

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