Friday, May 4, 2012

Staying close to home for Memorial Day and summer break


With the economy the way it is now, expensive vacations can seem like unnecessary luxuries. There's no need to sacrifice a fun break, though! My favorite vacations growing up were the ones where we stayed close to home and spent a week at the Oregon coast. The weather wasn't always great, but we made up for it by cooking and eating fresh fish from the Pacific, playing board games, and catching up on our pleasure reading. For us, Memorial Day and summer break was a special time - a time to be together as a family. We took long walks along the vast shoreline, hunted for shells, and had hot dog roasts on the beach, with s'mores for dessert. Simplifying a family holiday by stripping away the glitz associated with an exotic destination can allow you to focus on being together in the moment. Here are some of my favorite ideas for break activities that are low in cost and high in fun:

girls on beach

  • Find a place to go that's close to home. Locate state parks, historic landmarks, and places of great beauty that are nearby.
  • If you do decide to go away, find a house to rent, if possible. It will be more comfortable than a hotel and may end up being less expensive!
  • If the weather isn't great, look for inexpensive matinees at local theatres.
  • Wander through local museums and learn about your city's culture.
  • Go to some local tourist spots or on a tour and see what all the fuss is about! Many times we ignore our town's tourist activities and hotspots - these are gems waiting to be explored.
  • Host a potluck or outdoor BBQ at your home.
  • Weather permitting, have a campout in your backyard with the kids.
  • Be on the look out for local festivals and fairs.
  • Attend an outdoor concert and bring a picnic.
  • Invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins along for the fun, too!

To make your "staycations" feel more like the real thing, try sipping your tea or coffee out of one of my Travel mugs! I also offer matching plates. The Travel mugs and dishes celebrate some of the most intriguing cultures the world over and are reasonably priced. They're great for gifts, too!


Have a safe and fun-filled break!

1 comment:

  1. These are all wonderful and meaningful ideas! That is how true memories are made! :) So happy to find your blog and shop!