Mastering the Stay-cation

0 comments Posted on July 1, 2013

by Jennifer AlLee

Summer. A time for relaxation. A time for vacation. A time to figure out where the money’s coming from to pay for gas, air fare, amusement park tickets, etcetera. For most families, this is a time of belt-tightening and budget cutting, and one of the first things to go is often the summer vacation. But it is possible to have a fun, inexpensive, and even less-stressful excursion without venturing far from your hometown.

Welcome to the Stay-cation.

The whole idea of the Stay-cation is to stay put and have fun, rather than vacating the premises. A big part of its success is how you approach it. Don’t look at it as settling. You’re not having a Stay-cation because you have no other choice. On the contrary. You’re making a conscious decision to enjoy time with your family without all the hassle of making travel and hotel plans.

The Mother RoadYou may think there’s nothing to do in your neighborhood, but with a little research and imagination, you’ll be amazed at the fun you can have. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

•    Museums, libraries, and community centers often have special summer programs that are inexpensive or even free.
•    Armed with your digital camera, go to the nearest zoo, arboretum, or botanical garden. Make a game of finding unique photo ops.
•    Take a virtual road trip anywhere in the world. For example: Have you ever wanted to travel Route 66? Watch the Pixar movie Cars. Find some books about the Mother Road. Search YouTube for videos of people out on the road.
•    Don’t forget the simplest of pleasures. Picnics at the park or camping out in a tent in the backyard are great memory-makers.

These are just a few of the things you can do right in your own backyard. You’re sure to find even more when you explore your own community and discover what it has to offer.

Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in God – a theme that carries throughout her novels. When she’s not spinning tales, she enjoys board games with friends, movies, and breaking into song for no particular reason. Jennifer lives with her family in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Please visit her at or email at


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