Financial IQ July 06 2017

Save Money this Summer with a Staycation

Summer is officially here! People are packing their bags, ready to take off those much-deserved vacation days. However, traveling across the state, country, or the world can get expensive. If you and your family are trying to save some cash this summer, but still crave some time-off, you may want to consider a summer staycation this year! The best thing about a staycation is that you can experience all your city has to offer, including the things you usually don’t have time to enjoy. You enjoy a few days relaxing in your own home or rent a hotel room for a couple of nights (room service and free housekeeping- yes please!)   Here are three reasons why staycations are a must if you are trying to stick to your budget.

You’re a Local Tourist

This is your city, so you already know what areas are pricey and where to find the best local spots. You can enjoy minimal expenses by simply knowing the go-to spots. No tourist traps here!

You Can Set the Mood

If you don’t feel like leaving the house, get creative! Are you craving an adventurous mountain escape or secluded beach getaway? Try to set the mood with candles, a vacation soundtrack, or maybe rearranging some furniture. Consider cooking or bringing in dinner one night that is synonymous with your dream destination—think Italian wine with homemade pasta from Tuscany or fresh crab with mashed potatoes from Martha’s Vineyard.

Did Someone Say Day Trip?

Day trips give you the freedom to have a beach day, go for a hike, or visit a national park without having to commit to an entire trip. You can go on an adventure, sleep under your own roof, and use your own transportation the entire time. Try researching activities and attractions in bordering towns to discover something new. If a jet-set vacation isn’t what you had planned this year, there is still hope. Staycations can live up to the real deal if you take some time to unplug and commit yourself to true relaxation. Spend quality time with the ones you love by keeping it simple, saving money, and most importantly, having fun!


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