Can you believe it? Spring has sprung, and summer is just around the corner. And with thoughts of summer comes the dreaded vacation planning. When my girls were little, I learned that less is more. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make summer vacations memorable. You just have to use your imagination and frugal sense to make any vacation more budget friendly.
Impromptu travel plans have become a popular trend in the last few years due to tightening of the belt and the age-old saying – “I need a vacation to recover from my vacation.” I have noticed that most people tend to go overboard on planning the vacation. The “perfect” vacation is as stressful, if not more than, the fly by the seat of your pants vacation. You know the kind of vacation I am talking about – you just get up and do whatever you feel like doing.
There is nothing like traveling with your family and checking out Alamo’s Scenic Route to create the vacation of your dreams. I have teamed up with Alamo to bring you their Unplugged Family Vacation Toolkit so you can truly enjoy your family while you are on vacation.
Here are some suggestions for an unplugged vacation:
Find The Water
When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing better than dipping into a cool pool, lake or ocean. Explore local lakes, rivers, and creeks that you can swim in. Even walking along a beach can be relaxing. Many cities have public pools that are surprisingly fun and underused.
Dive Into History
How much do you know about local history? Make it a point to visit local historic places and museums when traveling. It’s fun for adults, but also a great educational experience for the kids.
Many cities with rich history offer various tours. It’s worth contacting a tourist office to find out what you’ve been missing.
Peek At The Calendar Of Events
Take a look the local calendars of events of any place you might be encounter along your travel. You’ll be surprised how many events communities host during the summer months. There are often classes, concerts, movie showings and even festivals you may not be aware of. Plus most of these events are family friendly.
Fun In The Back Yard
We already talked about water fun, but you don’t have to stop there. There are so many other activities you can do, from dining al fresco to roasting marshmallows over the fire pit, and even sleeping under the stars. Get everyone outside and have some fun. You can even go to a farmer’s market, get ice cream or take a drive through the countryside.
Explore A New Culture
Dive into a new culture, whether it’s big or small. It’s one of the biggest benefits of traveling abroad, but with a little effort and imagination, you can experience some of close to home.
Pick a country or culture and dive in. Taste the food, listen to 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 vacation, you can have an amazing experience this summer that will cost a fraction of a regular trip.
For more travel inspiration, be sure to check out Alamo Rent A Car’s Scenic Route.