If you’re dreaming of warmer weather and long for a get-a-way but it just isn’t in the budget, staying at home may not sound like the most exciting of vacations, but there are plenty of benefits to a winter-time staycation: you save money – a lot of money, you get the opportunity to learn more about your area, no packing and unpacking and the money you DO spend stays local, which helps support the local economy. What a staycation ISN’T? It’s not a time to do chores, running errands or finishing projects that you’ve pushed off until you have more time.
Try these instead:
- Explore the parks and trails in your area – are they snow covered? Try snow-shoeing or learn to ski!
- Visit your local museums and historical societies – they can be found just about anywhere. Take your time and you’ll be surprised at how many times you might say “Hey I didn’t know that!” when it comes to your local area.
- Try new recipes and cook together as a family with these new recipes. Make a gourmet meal or try your hand at an ethnic food.
- Dust off your ice skates and find a rink.
- Take on some indoor fun like bowling or indoor miniature golf.
- Professional sporting events are fun but can be very expensive, especially if you have a large family. Try a semi-pro team or even a local high school game. And remember –there’s nothing like a view from the cheap seats!
Staycations can be a fun and unique time to bond as a family – so use these little day trips to your advantage. Take the time to plan what you’ll be doing on your staycation so you aren’t sitting around staring at each other instead of having fun!