June 13, 2022 4 min read
With gas prices so high and travel costs soaring, you may be rethinking family vacation plans this year. Fear not, with a bit of ingenuity you can spend less and still score points with the family by finding inexpensive, and even free, things to do around town or closer to home.
These tips will help lighten the load so you can make the most of this summer with family and friends.
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The best way to save at the pumps is to limit the distance you travel. Put your online search and social skills to work to find the best attractions and travel tips in your area. Plan trips with neighbors or friends to economize with group discounts. There are many benefits to staying local:
If you feel like you've already done all there is to do in your community, try to look at it through a different lens. Every city has a history and culture all its own. And there are surrounding towns and parks, a stone's throw away, you have yet to discover.
Keeping a calendar of events and a list of 'always available' options makes it easy to have something going on regularly. One afternoon on the internet can easily deliver a list of events happening in your area that are free or reasonable.
*Tip if you have a local chamber of commerce, check with them for coupons and deals. They often have tons of passes to attractions in your area.
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If you don't want to pay for a hotel or a campground (been there, done that), then why not plan a day trip instead. Make a day of it at your nearest theme park, botanical garden, river cruise, or zoo.
If you prefer to 'park it'—we've got you covered, literally! Under the Weather® Pods can turn your outdoor adventure into a comfortable retreat. Warm weather screen Pods give you a shady, sun-protected bug-free zone, or rainy-day Pods with clear plastic panels that zip closed for a dry, rainproof retreat. All are portable, lightweight, compact for travel, pop open and fold down in seconds, with no assembly required. Choose from one- or multi-person Pods big enough for family or friends.
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Seeing the world through a child's eyes often leads to some of life's most memorable experiences. So, why not make them the planner and tour guide (with a little grownup help, of course). Let them research and pick the family excursion or place they want to go for the day. They'll have a fun project to work on that builds anticipation and they become invested in—squashing comments like 'I'm bored!' or 'are we the-r-re yet?'. You might even discover what they find interesting or exciting is just as much fun for you too.
When there isn't a big family vacation to look forward to, treat the summer break as a time to create ongoing adventure. The best way to do this is to have everything you'll need on hand. Store an Under the Weather® Pod in the car trunk for shade or protection from the elements and insects, along with nonperishable snacks and refreshments, a picnic blanket, towels, sunscreen for treks on the beach or swimming, bug spray for hikes in the woods, and a change of clothes and shoes for everyone. By planning ahead of time, you can plot days out and surprise the family with one-day adventures all summer long.
Who knows, with a little determination and a lot of creativity, this may turn out to be the best summer ever.
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