Did You Staycation this 4th of July?

by Kevin on July 6, 2009

As you read this my wife and I are in our car somewhere between our hometown in east Tennessee and our actual home in Alabama. We took advantage of a long weekend to head back “home” to see both of our families since we are from the same hometown. (It makes holidays so much easier.)

With unemployment recently at an announced 9.5% nationwide, I’m curious. Did your family take a staycation this holiday weekend?

Staycations are growing in popularity. In short a staycation is what it sounds like: you stay at home and visit interesting places around your home. This could be parks, free concerts, or the neighborhood pool.

Benefits of Staycations

Obviously if you are looking to save money then not going some place is going to be a great step in that direction.

With staycations you save money on all kinds of travel costs. You don’t pay $100 or $150 per night for a hotel. Generally you spend less on travel costs unless you drive all over your current area and run up a high gas bill.

Unless you go on a vacation in some sort of condo with a kitchen available, you’re going to eat out. Eating out is much more costly than eating in. With a staycation you can continue to cook meals at home even while splurging on a special meal out on the town. (Saving on two meals and spending on one is still better than spending on all three meals.)

In short the money you save on travel, food, and lodging can be applied to fun events in your town. An added bonus is any money you spend in your town benefits your local economy even at the smallest level.

Downsides of Staycations

Let’s be honest. You go on vacation to get away. You want a change of venue, a change of scenery, or a change in temperature. (The weather in Tennessee was gorgeous. At least 10 degrees cooler than where we live.)

To that end staying at home on a staycation can take a little bit of the excitement out of a vacation. If you’ve had to do this type of thing in the past then you may feel like you’ve seen everything there is to see in your town.

Staycations are What You Make of Them

At the end of the day a staycation — just as with a vacation — is what you make of it. You can make it fun, relaxing, and exciting… or you can be bummed out and disappointed.

You may not have a choice either if money is tight. So why not decide to be happy and make the most of what you’ve got?

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