The best things in life are free! So why do we have to spend a fortune to have a fun family vacation. Well, the answer is you don’t! With gas prices at $4 dollars a gallon, the price of groceries up nearly 10% this year, and the value of your home and stock portfolio dragging, many families just don’t have the disposable income required to take a fancy vacation. The theme this past memorial day weekend has been “staycationing” : staying close to home rather than taking long trips for your vacation. And with no positive outlook for the economy in the near future the theme will continue throughout the summer. So how do you make the most out of your vacation without shelling out a small fortune?
Here is a list of some of the most popular activities to entertain you on your vacation for little or no cost:
Zoos – Zoos are a cheap way to spend your day. It can be a lot of fun for kids and grown-ups too. This is a good way to teach little children about different animals, you may even learn something yourself. Often there are some animals that you can pet and feed.
Museums – Museums are a great way to bring education into your family vacation. Museums are often free or cheap and they provide a fun way to learn about the past. A lot of times museums host special exhibits that are truly fascinating once in a lifetime experience.
Plan ahead if you do go anywhere. Always check for coupons and ask if they are running any promotional offers. Remember what makes a vacation great is not where you go or what you do, its who you do it with! I was able to spend the weekend with my family, relaxing, playing outside, and enjoying the wonderful weather; and that made for a terrific holiday break.