4 Affordable family day trips for summer
Shorter summer trips are on the rise, according to this year’s Citi ThankYou Premier Summer Travel Survey, conducted by Wakefield Research.
People who work full-time tend to save more than a third of their vacation days for summer, the survey found, but instead of taking one long vacation, nearly half of travelers now prefer several shorter weekend trips.
A short trip, in particular a day trip, can still help you reset your mind and make new memories, but it can cost less than a lengthy getaway. Especially if you stick close to home. A day trip can save you airfare and the cost of a hotel and rental car.
Of course, where you go on your budget-friendly “staycation” depends on where you live. But here are some inspirations to help you plan the best budget-friendly day trip
1. Treat your home state like a tourist. It’s funny how little of a person’s home they explore, and that becomes obvious when you have out-of-state visitors who want to visit the touristy sites that you’ve never touched. Think about your home base like a visitor and explore it like it’s brand new.
2. Spend time in the neighborhood park. You don’t need to go far to enjoy a day off. Plan a full day at the park. Pack a special picnic to your neighborhood or city park, complete with a fully stocked picnic basket, like this Picnic Time Piccadilly Double Lid Picnic Basket. Picnic Time Piccadilly Double Lid Picnic Basket, $77.99 (plus 2% Cash Back), Kohls.com
3. Go bigger: Explore national and state parks. Make a list of the national and state parks in your region and see how many you can visit. With 58 different national parks, not to mention more than 100 national monuments, there’s plenty of inexpensive outdoor exploration awaiting you.See the aspens change color in the Rocky Mountains, conquer the spiny Tetons in Wyoming and stand in awe of the intense cliffs in California’s Yosemite. Make sure you’re prepared with a comfy pair of hiking shoes, like these steel-toed hikers by Dickies. Men’s Dickies Solo Steel Toe Hiker Shoes, $69.99 (plus .5% Cash Back), Target.com
4. Plan a cultural excursion. You don’t have to go outdoors to see something new. Plan a cultural adventure not far from home. Hit up a few museums and art galleries, and end the day with a stage show or dance performance.For example, in St. Pete’s, Fla., visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the famous Dali Museum, peruse the Warehouse Art District and see a show at the Mahaffey. Top it all off by following your inspiration and creating your own art, inspired by the region you visited. Set up a canvas to draw or paint a scene in town, or simply pick up a pen and paper and let your imagination take its own vacation.
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