This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Works for Me Wednesday--Vacation at Home

With gas prices through the roof and never enough time it always seems like real vacations are hard to come by for us. One thing we have decided to do this summer is vacation in our city and the neighboring ones.

Be a tourist in your own area!! Get brochures and plan your adventure as you would one five states away.

County fairs, rodeos, art fairs, hiking, fishing and camping in the state parks near you are all good vacations. Shakespeare or ballet or concerts in a local park are usually free or at a much reduced price than in a venue. Amusement parks and water parks are always a fun thing to do. Have you ever been to a horse show? Check and see if there are any locally. Auto races are fun if you like LOUD. History buffs should check and see if there are any small local places—it is amazing the stories that can be learned. And don’t forget your local zoos. Supporting your local zoos helps them to build and grow. Look for upcoming activities and go then or, if you prefer to go during less crowded times, like we do, go on a week day.

Much as my family loves hotels, in my mind there is no place like home and my own sheets and pillows. Saving on travel and lodging could allow you to try a fancier restaurant than you would normally go to.

Vacationing near home works for me.

10 comments:

Overwhelmed! said...

Having been "vacationing" out of the state and out of the country 3 weekends out of 4 this month, I'm so ready to just stay home!

My husband and I do a pretty good job of checking out the main attractions of our own city. We don't venture to the bigger city 2 hours away very often but perhaps we should. It could be a day trip. :)

Thanks for sharing!

Amberly said...

Very neat idea! We love taking advantage of free stuff in our city and have even purchased memberships to stuff that isn't free, which saves money too!

tonsofsons said...

Great idea~ Especially since we moved about a 1 1/2 years ago and haven't checked out all the things here, yet.

CoachJ said...

very good idea! even though i've lived here all my life, i love visiting all the old houses we have; i learn new things every time we go. and the history of my town is awesome.

Barbara H. said...

This is a good idea. Somehow we "see the sights" when we go somewhere but never get around to it at home. There are lots of good resources around most towns.

Melkhi said...

This is what we want to do this summer. We live near the Rocky Mtns. already! Actually, I want to spend part of the time working on projects together as a family and part of the time making day trips to the mountains.

Mrs. Pear said...

We did this in September! It was great! Miss Pear did not have to adjust to a new bed. We got to see all the attractions during the week when it was quieter, and living in the area we knew where to look for deals!

Once we move we hope to do this again in our new area!

JennaG said...

You would be hard-pressed to find much to do in our community--other than ante-bellum homes and the river--there is nothing.

Dawn said...

We have a lot of things around here that out-of-state visitors visit that I have never seen. I'm always thinking we should go see them. We just have to make ourselves do it.

Totallyscrappy said...

Great advice! I'm always surprised how many people skip over the "local" stuff.