How to enjoy your ‘staycation’ this summer

(ARA) – Has today’s economy forced you to reconsider your family’s annual summer vacation? If the answer is yes, you’re not alone.

The good news is that you don’t have to miss out on the fun just because you aren’t leaving on a jet plane. There are plenty of ways to enjoy your time off and stay close to home. Remember sometimes the most fun can be found right around the corner, or in your own backyard.

Ready your home

First things first: make sure you’ve got the right stuff. Hit your local retailers and take advantage of seasonal sales on patio furniture, umbrellas, outdoor games, kiddie pools, backyard tents and other summer-fun items. A few simple purchases can transform your backyard into a haven you won’t want to leave.

Party with the Joneses

Pick a weekend and organize a party for you and your neighbours. Barbecue, play games and listen to music to your heart’s content. Gather forces and buy party supplies in bulk at warehouse clubs to cut down on costs.

Earn rewards at local hot spots

Take advantage of local destinations, such as museums, movie theaters and restaurants, and rewards programs that repay you for patronising local attractions.

Go green

Explore your local park and spend some time with Mother Nature.

Log-off, disconnect and unwind

Finally, even though you may be just a short commute from the office, remember to treat your time off like a real vacation. Don’t check e-mails, put that cell phone or PDA in a drawer, and whatever you do, don’t call the office every day. Remember, this is your time to relax, have fun and create new memories with your friends and family.

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