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Staycation: Vacationing on a Budget

With summer fast approaching and the kiddies getting out of school soon, now is a great time to start planning for that long awaited summer vacation.   But if you think you’ve got to go far or spend a lot of money to have a good time, think again.  Now more than ever people are taking “Staycations” instead of taking traditional vacations abroad. 
Staycations are not new.  People have been doing this for years however it has recently become more popular due to high travel costs such as food, fuel and airfare.  Staycations are a smart way to vacation on a budget. They can be loads of fun and allow you to be creative when coming up with ways to have a great time at home. You don’t have to go broke to enjoy yourself.  It’s all in how you go about planning your staycation…chances are you’ll find places and many activities to do that you never knew were available right in your own backyard and ultimately save a hunk of cash.
Check out these savvy tips for planning a great Staycation:
De-stress yourself – Vacationing is all about taking time off and getting away from the hustle and bustle of life. This is the time to kick back and relax…let your hair down. What would you do if you were away on vacation? Taking a staycation should be no different.  De-stress yourself…that means turn off all phones and computers (email, facebook, etc.) and anything work related that would distract you from having a good time.
Plan daily activities – To ensure that your staycation is a memorable one, plan daily activities and try to stick to them. Check the local paper or the internet to find popular attractions around your city such as museums, amusement parks, night clubs, golfing and other local attractions of interest.   
Splurge a little – Staying put doesn’t mean that you can’t splurge a little.  Use this opportunity to check into a swanky hotel for one night and enjoy the many amenities it has to offer.  Go to the spa and get a facial, manicure or a pedicure.  A massage is always a good idea.   And don’t forget to treat yourself to a nice lunch or dinner…more than likely your city has a plethora of great restaurants just waiting for you to try.
Try something new – Do something different or daring like going skydiving or camping in your own back yard while roasting marsh mellows around a fire.  Don’t let it get too dangerous…the main thing is that you get out and enjoy yourself. Oh, and don’t forget the camera!
Staycations are a great way to vacation on a budget and by implementing some of the tips above, you can make it one to remember.  When was the last time you took a staycation?