How to Have a Great Backyard Vacation

One of the best things about summer is the annual summer vacation. These days that is harder to do, it is difficult to get away from it all. So why not have a backyard vacation. You can do a vacation in your own city or town while creating memories that leave you with cents in your wallet.

To create the perfect backyard vacation:

One of the best things about summer is getting away from it all the annual summer vacation. These days for many that is simply not going to happen so why not plan a vacation in your own backyard. You can vacation in your own town or city and still leave money in your wallet while creating memories for your family.

First, forget about the regular household chores. Only do things that must be done. After all you are on vacation, and that means getting a mindset that you are not doing the normal household stuff.

Next head to your local tourist information center. Pick up some brochures and inquire about free or frugal events that are happening during your vacation time. In most larger cities you will practically find a festival of some sort most weekends. With these many of the events are free. Many museums as well have free days or times as well.

If you have a tent pitch it in the backyard and bring out the sleeping bags and pillows. Great night time activities include shadow puppets and ghost stories. If you don’t have a tent. Camp out as a family in your living room.

Have a barbecue. Roast hot dogs or whatever else your family enjoys. Don’t forget the Smores for dessert, they are just too yummy.

Pretend it is your very first time in your locale. Explore areas and places you have never been before, take the untravelled road. Check out areas of town that you do not visit on a normal basis. While there find a new park. Play Frisbee, kick a ball, swing on the swings, and don’t forget your picnic basket.

Find a local beach. Make sandcastles and enjoy the water and sun. Bring water, and snacks from home but splurge for an icecream cone.

If eating out is in your budget, visit restraunts that you have not eaten at before. Find a new to you local restraunt. Often if you do a google search you can find coupons that allow you to eat at a discount.

Last but not least, take lots of pictures, and have fun. You are creating memories after all, and ones that don’t hurt wallet are always good ones for me anyways.

Hollie writes at Common Cents Mom, a blog that is about living in a way that makes common sense while leaving cents in your wallet.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sweet Serendipity June 29, 2009 at 6:19 pm

These are great tips. One of our favorite family outings is to pack a picnic, head downtown by the river where there are lots of historic homes. We walk, play at the park and picnic. Then take the ferry across the river and back. It only costs about $1 per person and for the kids it is such a treat. If you explore, you can always find inexpensive ways to have fun…and bringing your own food and snacks saves a ton of money (and is usually much healthier too!)


2 LittlePeopleWealth June 29, 2009 at 7:28 pm

That sounds like a lot of fun! I used to love backyard campouts as a child.


3 Puanani503 June 29, 2009 at 7:31 pm

these are wonderful tips:) Thanks for sharing:):)


4 LittlePeopleWealth June 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm

You're welcome 🙂


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