5 Fun and Frugal Staycation Ideas

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Taking a holiday during the summer is nice, but it’s also when every other family wants to go on holidays and prices are high to reflect demand. When you’re on a budget, a “staycation” is the perfect alternative.

The idea is to play local tourist and do some fun activities in the area or city you live in.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised how much fun it can be and how much your area has to offer. Best of all you get to come home and sleep in your own bed at the end of the day.

Find The Water

When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing better than dipping into a cool pool or hitting the beach. Take a look at what options you have in your area. If you’re living close enough to the beach, take a day trip to go swimming. If you’re inland, check out your local community or school pool. They often have cheap summer memberships for local families.

And don’t forget about having fun with water at home. Get a kiddie pool, water toys, or turn on the sprinklers and cool off.

Dive Into History

How much do you know about the local history in your area? Make it a point to read up on it this summer and explore local historic places and museums. It’s fun for adults, but also a great educational experience for the kids. Encourage them to read up, explore, and maybe even create a project around your town’s history.

Many cities and areas with a rich history offer various different tours that you may not be aware of. It’s worth contacting your local tourist office to find out what you’ve been missing. If you can’t find anything in your town, expand your search and go on a few day trips.

Peek At The Calendar Of Events

Take a look at your local calendars of events. You’ll be surprised how much communities do during the summer months. There are often classes, concerts, movie showings, and even festivals you may not be aware of.

Between the events your city or community puts on and various other events hosted by cultural centres, museums, and churches, for example, you’ll be sure to find quite a few things you may want to attend this summer.

Fun In The Back Yard

We already talked about water fun in the back yard. Don’t stop there.

There are all sorts of fun stuff you can do right at home from dining al fresco to setting up the tent and camping under the stars.

Treat your home like a holiday spot, get everyone outside and have some fun.

Explore A New Culture

Just because you’re staying home this summer doesn’t mean you can’t dive into a new culture. It’s one of the biggest benefits of traveling abroad, but with a little effort and imagination you can experience some of it right at home.

Pick a country or culture and dive in. Taste the food, listen to the music, watch the movies, and read the books.

Maybe even learn a little of the language and do it all as a family so you can interact and explore together.

By simply putting as much planning and effort into a staycation as you would any regular family holiday, you can have an amazing experience this summer that will cost a fraction of a regular trip.

About Emma Healey

Emma is a recognised family finance and budgeting expert and founder of Mum's Money. Her advice has been featured in Readers Digest, Yahoo Finance, Lifehacker, The Simple Dollar, MSN Money and more.