The ultimate frugal vacation
Summer is coming up, and it is a great time to take a little break from work and relax. The recession may have put a damper on many people's vacation plans, but there is a way you could save a lot of money and still have a comfortable break. Here is the "secret" to the ultimate frugal vacation.
The cheapest way to have a fun and comfortable vacation is really just to stay home. This may sound stupid, but the last time my husband and I came back from a two and half week trip to China we felt like we needed a vacation from our vacation because we were just exhausted from traveling. Whenever I go to China I also have horrible jetlag when I come back so it takes me about a week to adjust. We did have a great time in China, but home is where we can truly relax by doing nothing much at all. I really agree with my husband when he says that a true vacation is simply time off at home.
A vacation at home does not have to be just sitting around in your underwear and vegging out in front of the TV, though I must confess a bit of that is quite enjoyable. You could plan day trips around your community such as hiking, bicycling, or just walking in local parks. You could also check out local festivals and events that do not cost very much to attend. Usually summer is full of these activities. My husband and I also enjoy boardgames and video games and we could definitely play for days.
So if you cannot afford an expensive overseas trip this summer, perhaps taking a few days off and lounging in your home is the best way to go. Of course, it is especially enjoyable if you love the place your live. Some folks already live in lovely resort like or beach properties so they do not have to go far at all. This is a vacation with no jetlag, little to no driving, and all the freedom you want. Best of all, almost anyone could afford this vacation.
What do you think? Have you ever taken some time off to go nowhere?