I admit writing about staycations seems a little much, seeing I arrived home Thursday night from a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see a friend in Puerto Rico. But as our family prepares for the arrival of the big K this fall, I feel compelled to do something as a family this summer.
For the last five years, our trips have revolved around family visits. Not that that's a bad thing in any respect. But I fondly remember our trips to the Rockies too each summer, and I'd love to have my kids have similar memories.
Last night, my husband and I decided to discuss the idea of a vacation - a college student-budget vacation, but a vacation nonetheless. And quickly, I realized while we had the same idea (camping), our execution might be a little different.
Dear husband had identified all national parks within a day's drive. Me, unsure how a fearless toddler will handle the whole camping experience (OK, maybe how I would handle a fearless toddler trying to get into everything...), was leaning toward a quiet night or weekend at a state park to test the whole camping thing out. I suspect with children, it's a whole new ball game.
If we couldn't make camping work, I proposed a short daytrip to someplace local, or just creating a special "family day" as Kindergarten approached. At this point, we haven't settled negotiations.
Interestingly we're not alone. A recent survey found that 11 percent are taking time off just to explore the local attractions, and 7 percent were taking a hiking trip or "experiential vacation."
Where do you fall this summer? Are you throwing caution to the wind, and traveling afar? Staying close? Enjoying nature? Or simply taking time off at home to rest?