Vacation or Stay-cation?

Stay-cations are becoming a popular option for families looking to spend a little less money while still making those all important summer memories.

Summer is just around the corner and it is time to think about trips, plans and fun activities while the children are out of school. I remember my summers when I was a kid. I think we did the same thing every year, packed the car and headed to PCB for a week. We stayed at the same condo and played putt putt at the same course. Cruising up and down Thomas Drive with the windows rolled down was the highlight of our summer. I don’t know if back then there was not much else to do or that was just how our family celebrated the season but nowadays families can choose from all sorts of activities on the road or right here in our own backyards.

A new summer trend for families appears to be a “stay-cation,” a period of time where families stay at home and take day trips to area attractions. According to Wikipedia, stay-cations became popular back in 2007 and are still a choice for many families today. What do people do on stay-cations? Stay-cations typically include trips to neighborhood pools, visits to parks, museums and local attractions.

Here in Atlanta there are multiple options for those choosing a “stay-cation.” Vacationers may choose a Downtown Atlanta CityPASS Package including passes to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and CNN Center Tour. Daytrip options may include a drive to Callaway Gardens, the Yellow River Game Ranch or Fernbank Museum.

So how about your family? What are your summer plans? Are you heading out on a traditional vacation or are you thinking about saving some cash and enjoying a stay-cation? Let us know your thoughts and even better, share some ideas for others looking for something fun to do on our own side of town.


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