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How can I plan a fun "stay-cation"?


A fun stay-cation activity is a family campout in the backyard. Just don't forget the s'mores!
A fun stay-cation activity is a family campout in the backyard. Just don't forget the s'mores!
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The family vacation just isn't what it used to be anymore. Faced with a sinking economy and soaring fuel prices, more and more people have been opting out of expensive trips and choosing to take a break at home: a "stay-cation." If you're one of those who is cutting back this year, don't think of a stay-cation as a depressing thing; consider it an opportunity to relax at home, guilt-free. You can spend quality time with your family, hang out with friends, explore your hometown and even splurge a bit.

So how do you plan a stay-cation? The key is not doing too much planning to create the perfect play/relax balance. Since you're at home, it can be easy to become a couch potato. But you also don't want to overschedule and end up just as stressed as you were at the start. Here's our advice: Plan a few activities every day, maybe one major thing and one that's more low-key. That way, you won't get bored, but you also won't run yourself ragged. It's also a good idea to give your stay-cation start and end dates, so you really feel like it's an official vacation. And remember to take photos and videos!

First up on the stay-cation agenda: creative ways to have fun at home.


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