5 Inexpensive Ideas for a Simple Family Staycation

I’m not sure why, but every summer I get the itch to travel with my family. Maybe it’s because of my growing up years when my dad was a truck driver, and we’d sometimes tag along with him across the country. There is something that especially calls to me when we head our car in a westerly direction. It’s as if adventure waits, and I can hardly wait to find it.

Sometimes travel eludes us, though; life takes over, and travel takes a backseat for a while. That’s when a staycation is EVERYTHING. 

This past spring while I was eight months pregnant, we decided to take a week off and just enjoy some time with our boys. We made that week into a staycation of epic proportions and spent a great deal of our time in the place we love most, the great outdoors. Every day we’d get up and decide right then and there what we wanted to do that day. That week was one of the best weeks of our lives, and we came to the realization that vacation doesn’t always equal travel.

When it comes to a staycation, you may equate that with saving money, as well as staying close to home. Straight from our own experiences, here are 5 inexpensive ideas for an amazing staycation.

1. Grab your fishing poles and tackle box and go fishing!
Fishing licenses are usually rather inexpensive and can be used for at least a year, meaning your family can enjoy many a fishing adventure in that span of time. Not to mention, depending on what you catch, you may even be able to enjoy a yummy fish fry dinner.


2. Take a drive together. Look for a scenic byway in your area, a historic highway or road, or a destination your family would love to visit. We love finding roads to drive that are off the main drag, roads that will allow us to catch a glimpse of history and visit small town America, and roads that take us into backcountry areas. We’re pretty fortunate to be in between so many scenic byways here in Northwest Arkansas, and Route 66 isn’t all that far away either. Taking a day to drive somewhere, finding interesting places to explore along the way, maybe even eating at a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant… Smaller trips like this have led us on some pretty amazing adventures!

3. Go for a hike or a bike ride. Depending on where you live, there may be numerous options for trails to explore in nearby areas. Maybe there’s a trail you’ve wanted to explore for quite a while now? Take a few hours, pack a picnic lunch, and hike (or bike) that trail. 

4. Go fly a kite! Seriously, find a field, a park or a beach and go fly a kite. If anything, you’ll get your exercise flying that kite around, keeping it off the ground. 

5. Head to the drive in or the movie theater for a double feature. We love going to our local drive in. We pack up a ton of snacks, drinks and maybe even dinner… Grab a few blankets and our camping chairs, and we’re all set for an evening at the drive in, enjoying a couple of movies from the comfort of our own small space. Plus, if you’re like us and have a new baby, it’s a great way to still catch a new release when you may not otherwise be able to go to the regular movie theater. 

There are so many other things you can do on a staycation, whether you enjoy a lazy day at home, spend a day in the pool, visit a local museum, build a campfire and roast hot dogs and s’mores, or even go for ice cream. These are just a few ideas to get you on your way to the most fantastic, most relaxing, most enjoyable, simplest family staycation ever! 

Post by The Women Bloggers member Mel Lockcuff of Adventures of Mel.